EFMD Programme Accreditation

The leading international system of quality assessment,
improvement and accreditation of business programmes


Leading programme accreditation system

EFMD programme accreditation is the most thorough programme accreditation system for business and/or management degrees and courses, including face-to-face, blended and online provisions. It constitutes a benchmark for what is considered an internationally recognised and peer-reviewed programme.

Synergies with the EQUIS accreditation

EFMD programme accreditation is a complementary evaluation tool available to the EQUIS accredited schools, which aim at further differentiating some of their programmes. It focuses on the strategic relevance and development of the programme.

Branded accreditation portfolio

EFMD programme accreditation covers the full range of academic programmes offered by your institution, from Bachelor's level to Doctoral studies. EFMD Accredited offers your school a distinctive label, e.g. EFMD Accredited - MBA and EFMD Accredited - BA to endorse the quality and showcase the value of your programme. The EFMD Accredited - PhD label is exclusive to EQUIS accredited schools.

Continuous improvement process

EFMD programme accreditation helps you strive for excellence in an on-going improvement process following each accreditation or re-accreditation visit.

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EFMD Accredited framework

The EFMD programme accreditation process is based upon a conceptual framework of quality criteria which are reviewed continuously by an international committee of EFMD members.

The EFMD programme accreditation framework is an input-output model moving from programme design to programme delivery to programme outcomes. The framework also considers the wider institutional and environmental contexts, together with the institutional and programme quality assurance processes.

Three transversal pillars feature in the EFMD Accredited assessment system: internationalisation, a corporate perspective, and ethics, responsibility, sustainability (ERS).


The Institutional Context reviews the extent to which the programme is an integral part of the institution's strategy and therefore the extent to which it is supported by the its various stakeholders, with the resources necessary for its successful delivery. There should also be a clear commitment to internationalisation, corporate needs and ERS.

quality assurance

The programme should have effective and robust Quality Assurance processes which should cover design and review, including approvals, monitoring of teaching quality, and rigour of the assessment processes The QA processes should be inclusive of all key stakeholder perspectives..

programme design

Programme Design covers an assessment of the likely market for this area of study and clear objectives should be specified for the programme, linked to market needs. The programme design should also specify target students' entry and exit profiles, Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs), programme rationale and assessment regime.

Programme delivery & operations

The programme should specify the student entry criteria which should lead to an appropriate quality of student intake and an international student mix. Teaching should be of high quality and of appropriate academic depth, supported by the development of personal skills, an international perspective, corporate engagement, and a broad ethics/sustainability perspective.

Programme Outcomes

Programme Outcomes are concerned with evaluating the quality of student outputs in terms of assessed work during the programme itself, and also career paths following graduation, together with the programme's reputation and standing overall.


  • EFMD Programme Accreditation Governance

  • EFMD Programme Accreditation Team


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