AACSB online MBA programs have become more and more popular.
It is quite significant that AACSB accredited schools are offering online MBA programs.
To recognize the the significance, you need to understand the role of AACSB accreditation in business education.
The AACSB is an accrediting organization that has been around for about 90 years.
Accreditation through the AACSB is considered the top accreditation that a business school or MBA can receive.
The AACSB guidelines and rules for accreditation are more traditional and strict in nature. Therefore, more traditional schools (such as well-known and/or top-ranked schools) earn this accreditation.
It would be a big step for "traditional" business schools to venture into something as "non-traditional" as online MBA programs. Accredited schools have to make sure they stay within the AACSB guidelines so they can maintain their accreditation.
When the Internet exploded onto the scene, many AACSB accredited schools must have wondered if the online learning was a fad or if it had potential. Initially, there must have been a question of quality when comparing online MBA programs to on-campus MBA programs.
Much of that has changed! At last count, there are more than 40 AACSB accredited schools offering online or distance MBA programs. AACSB accredited schools have obviously found ways to deliver MBA programs from a distance while staying within accreditation guidelines.
It should also be noted that there is also wider acceptance of distance learning MBA programs from employers, in academics, and from the public in general. Much of this could be attributed to the vast number of quality accredited online MBA programs out there.