International Accreditation

Triple Crown
KUBS Achieves Double Accreditation from AACSB and EQUIS and Joins CEMS Global Alliance

In Europe and the United States, where the field of business studies was born and developed, stringent standards have been established to assess business schools and enable the most prestigious to be accredited. This system has served as a major barometer of credibility and quality of education for prospective students and academics.
Korea University Business School currently holds five-year accreditation from AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System). In addition, KUBS is ratified as a full academic member of CEMS Global Alliance.
Founded in 1916, AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is the world’s largest business education network connecting students, academia, and business to advance business education worldwide. AACSB ensures the highest quality standards in business education to prepare the next generation of business leaders. AACSB-Accredited schools include globally prestigious universities such as Harvard University, Yale University, and Columbia University.
KUBS achieved the distinction of being Korea’s first accredited institution for its entire degree program in 2005 and has consecutively maintained this accreditation, receiving five-year renewals in 2010, 2015, and 2020.
On November 27, 2015, Korea University was ratified as the exclusive representative business school for Korea by the CEMS Global Alliance. CEMS is a prestigious consortium comprising both academic and corporate members, and it grants membership to only one top-tier business school per nation. This alliance consists of 34 member schools and primarily focuses on facilitating graduate-level exchange programs and internships.
As a member of CEMS, KUBS now offers the CEMS Master’s in International Management program as part of its master’s degree offerings. The addition of the MIM program is expected to enhance the master’s curriculum, providing students with increased opportunities for professional practice and field experiences. Moreover, students in the MIM program can apply for exchange programs at other member schools for a stester abroad. This expansion of academic offerings provides KUBS students with a broader range of options for their career development.
EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) grants EQUIS (EFMD Quality Inprovement System) Accreditation, well known for its rigorous and conservative standards, based on various attributes, including the educational environment, program quality, faculty qualifications, educational facilities, and globalization efforts. Institutions that meet uniformly high standards across all criteria are awarded a prestigious five-year accreditation. Those with some areas for improvement receive a three-year accreditation. As of 2023, 210 business schools from 45 countries worldwide maintain EQUIS Accreditation, with only 133 holding the coveted five-year EQUIS Accreditation.
In 2005, KUBS became the very first institution in Korea to earn EQUIS Accreditation. Since 2007, it has consistently upheld this esteemed recognition, receiving successive five-year re-accreditations.