University of the District of Columbia Earns AACSB International Accreditation 

University of the District of Columbia Earns AACSB International Accreditation 

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Leeann Hall, VP, Marketing & Communications

University of the District of Columbia Earns
AACSB International Accreditation

For Immediate Release

Washington – AACSB International (AACSB) announces that University of the District of Columbia (UDC) has earned business accreditation for its School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA). Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools and the largest business education network connecting learners, educators and businesses worldwide.

“AACSB accreditation recognizes institutions that have demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curriculum development and student learning,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and global chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “We congratulate University of the District of Columbia and School of Business and Public Administration Dean Mohamad Sepehri, Ph.D., on earning accreditation and applaud the entire SBPA —including the administration, faculty, staff and students—for their roles in earning this respected honor.”

“The School of Business and Public Administration at the University of the District of Columbia, along with our many stakeholders, treasure AACSB accreditation,” said Sepehri. “The work toward this accreditation solidifies our preeminent status among peer institutions. The quality of the intellectual contributions at the university has helped UDC position itself to pursue Research 2 (R2) status and this accreditation is an endorsement and validation of our remarkable progress and achievements.”

“Achieving AACSB accreditation reflects the university’s dedication and determination,” said UDC President Ronald Mason Jr. “This accreditation is well deserved and shows the commitment of Dean Sepehri and the SBPA as they continually pursue excellence. I am incredibly proud of our team for accomplishing this goal. The impact of this accreditation will benefit our students for years to come.”

Synonymous with the highest standards of quality, AACSB accreditation inspires new ways of thinking within business education globally. As a result, less than 6% of the world’s schools offering business degree programs hold AACSB business accreditation. Through today’s ratification, 980 institutions across 60 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation in business. Furthermore,193 institutions maintain supplemental AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.

AACSB accreditation ensures continuous improvement and provides focus for schools to deliver on their mission, innovate and drive impact. AACSB-accredited schools have successfully undergone a rigorous review process conducted by their peers in the business education community, ensuring that they have the resources, credentials and commitment needed to provide students with a first-rate, future-focused business education.

University of the District of Columbia’s commitment to earning accreditation is a true reflection of their dedication—not only to their students, alumni network and greater business community but to the higher education industry as a whole,” said Bryant. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s business leaders and the addition of the School of Business and Public Administration to the network of AACSB-accredited business schools will have a lasting positive impact on their institution, both locally and globally.”

AACSB also announced that Abo Akademi University; EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht; Faculty of Management, Economics & Law, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt; Ghent University; Nichols College; Nova Southeastern University; Özyeğin University; Queen Mary University of London; Southwest Jiaotong University; Texas A&M University-Central Texas; Texas A&M University-San Antonio; Texas Woman’s University; Universidad Pontificia Comillas; and University of Huddersfield have earned accreditation in business.

About the University of the District of Columbia

The only public university in the nation’s capital and the only exclusively urban land-grant university in the United States, the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is a historically Black university committed to a broad mission of education, research and community service. Established by abolitionist Myrtilla Miner in 1851, UDC offers workforce training, professional certification and more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees designed to create opportunities for student success. The University comprises a College of Arts and Sciences; School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; School of Business and Public Administration; College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences; Community College; the David A. Clarke School of Law; and Division of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning. Learn more at

About AACSB International

Established in 1916, AACSB International (AACSB) is the world’s largest business education alliance, connecting educators, learners, and businesses to create the next generation of great leaders. With a presence in more than 100 countries and territories, AACSB fosters engagement, accelerates innovation, and amplifies impact in business education. Learn how AACSB is transforming business education for a better society at