UM Business School Lauded for Maintaining Business, Accounting Accreditations

May 14, 2015

MISSOULA – The School of Business Administration at the University of Montana has maintained both its business and accounting accreditations by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. UM’s SoBA is the only program in Montana to hold both accreditations.            

AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business and accounting education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs. Today, there are 736 business schools in 48 countries and territories that maintain AACSB Accreditation. UM is among 182 institutions that maintain an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for accounting programs.            

“Having both business and accounting programs accredited is unique in Montana and a rare thing in the region,” said SoBA dean Larry Gianchetta. “It is a very difficult thing to achieve. If it were easy, everyone would do it.”

UM’s SoBA, established in 1918, was one of the first 50 institutions to earn AACSB’s business accreditation. AACSB accredited institutions undergo review every five years to ensure their programs, students and faculty are of the highest quality and continually innovating.

“Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students,” said Robert Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International.

“During the accreditation review, the AACSB focused on the impacts of our programs on the community, alumni and the business and accounting professions,” Gianchetta said. “We demonstrated both quality and impact at a very high level.”

UM’s business school is the largest business program in the state, offering a bachelor’s degree with six majors and six certificates to choose from, a minor in business, as well as a Master of Accountancy and the only Master of Business Administration program in the state.

“The AACSB peer review team was understandably impressed with our programs, but what really stood out was the engagement with the business community and personal care for students,” said Associate Dean Terri Herron. “At the end of the day, it is about people – students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers. We are proud to say that we build and maintain strong relationships.”

To learn more about UM’s SoBA’s business and accounting programs, visit

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. To learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit

Contact: Terri Herron, associate dean, UM School of Business Administration, 406-243-5878,