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Separate Accounting Accreditation

ACBSP offers separate accreditation for the accounting units at schools that have an accredited business program. At the 2009 Annual Conference, LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia became the first institution to achieve ACBSP accreditation for its accounting unit. Since that time, more institutions in ACBSP membership have achieved separate accounting accreditation.

LaGrange College receives accreditation certificate in 2009.

LaGrange College, the first to receive ACBSP Separate Accounting Accreditation in 2009.


The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) presented alternatives for curriculum provisions, including ethics to a select joint panel of identified members of various stakeholder organizations, including NASBA, state boards of accountancy, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), state CPA societies, American Accounting Association, accrediting organizations, ethics experts and government regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. As a result of their work, state boards of accountancy are being encouraged to adopt rules that allow students graduating from programs that have attained separate accreditation in accounting to receive less scrutiny of transcripts and to be determined to have met the recommended requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination.

Why Pursue Separate Accounting Accreditation?

Nearly all of the benefits that exist for business accreditation apply to accreditation of the accounting program. It may be possible to secure funds needed to achieve this accounting accreditation through the financial support of an alumni graduate of the accounting program. If institutions should seek this funding, ACBSP can be helpful in outlining the costs and benefits for this case statement.

ACBSP Members That Hold Separate Accounting Accreditation

Several of our members have not only attained regular program accreditation, but have gone further to attain separate accreditation for their accounting programs.

American Public University SystemMaryville University
Ashland UniversityPeirce College
DeVry University – Calgary CampusSoutheastern University
DeVry University/Keller Graduate School of Management*Texas Lutheran University
Immaculata UniversityThomas More College
Kaplan University*University of Phoenix*
LaGrange CollegeWalden University
Lipscomb UniversityWilliam Woods University

*Denotes multiple campuses. See our membership list to see the campuses.

Interested In Learning More?

ACBSP has produced two guides outlining accounting accreditation: The Process for Obtaining Accreditation and the Accounting Accreditation Standards & Criteria. The first guide goes over the ACBSP accreditation process for baccalaureate/graduate degree schools, as well as costs and what schools should expect. The second shows the exact standards and criteria that schools must meet before being awarded accreditation. Both documents can be found below.

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Separate Accounting Accreditation Files

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Documentation and forms related to Accounting accreditation. Applicable to Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree schools only.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Separate Accounting Accred - Tables for Self-Study XLSX (189.78 KB) Administration 7/20/2016
Candidacy App. for Separate Accounting Accred. Link  more ] Administration 9/10/2015
Separate Accreditation Accounting-AAA Presentation PDF (86.67 KB) Administration 8/22/2014
Accounting Accreditation Standards & Criteria PDF (877.67 KB)  more ] Administration 7/21/2016
Costs for Concurrent Accounting Accreditation PDF (45.71 KB)  more ] Administration 2/11/2016
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