Association of MBAs

" to be recognised internationally as the authoritative voice in postgraduate management education"

The  London based Association of MBAs AMBA is celebrated its  Golden Jubilee last year. The agency started out as an association for MBA students is now having a  footprint in 110 different countries with 260 accreditation done for the MBM,MBA & DBA programmes in 75 countries.  AMBA was the first international accreditation agency to accredit an Indian business school,  MDI Gurgaon (now Gurugram) in the year 2005.   As of now the agency has TEN  accredited schools in India which includes   four older Indian Institutes of Management (IIM-L, IIM C    IIM-I  IIM Kozhikode. Five Top Ten privately owned schools, S P Jain, MDI Gurgaon , IMI Delhi, Great Lakes Chennai and XLRI Jamshedpur

AMBA accredited schools in India

In India 11  B-schools, Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, S P Jain Institute of Management and Research SPJIMR Indian  Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM-L),  Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM-Indore) International Management Institute New Delhi IMI Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode IIM K  Indian Institute of Management Calcutta ( IIM C), The list of accredited IIMs has expanded by one more with the addition of IIM Indore .  Other than the IIMs,  Narsee Monjee School of Management Bengaluru (NMIMS)  Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai GLIMS and XLRI Jamshedpur   have been accredited.  Recent addition is TAPMI (TA Pai Institute of Management) which is also an AACSB accredited school . 

Mark Stoddard, Director Operations of Association of MBAs speaking at 11th International accreditation conference of SEAA Trust, November 2018

In the Golden Jubilee year,  AMBA chaged its market focus  for expansion of

i.  Worldwide schools portfolio to 250 schools.
ii. Employer engagement with both Multinationals and SMEs on a global scale – to ensure MBAs from AMBA-accredited schools have access to the best MBA-level jobs worldwide.
iii. The modernisation and expansion globally of the  membership portfolio, through the launch of an online global member community and more relevant member services internationally.


Accreditation process of AMBA is simple  but detailed  and the starting point is the preliminary application process followed by a detailed self assessment guided by AMBA experts culminating in a peer review site visit  the results of which would be submitted to an independent International Accrediation Assessment Board (IAAB) which will eventually recommend to the institution for granting accreditation to the appicant school. 

AMBA has made key changes for the period 2016-2021 . The new criteria  have been designed to clearly identify the distinctive nature of each degree type (MBA, MBM & DBA), and to differentiate them. This has been achieved by providing a definition, core attributes (outcomes) and guiding principles for each programme. The structure of the criteria themselves have been re-adjusted to more naturally follow the flow of the MBA life cycle, starting with the foundation blocks of the Institution and Faculty, moving into Programme Design, Student Recruitment, Graduate Attributes, Curriculum, Assessment, Delivery, and ending with Impact and Outcomes.  

 The MBA is a generalist, postgraduate, post-experience degree designed to develop holistic, innovative and socially responsible business leaders for high performance organisations in the global market, through the development of knowledge, skills and values required to succeed in complex environments.

At the core of the accreditation scheme is full recognition of the autonomy of individual degreeawarding Institutions to offer MBA programmes and of the need for individuals and employers to have an internationally recognised accreditation process based on external and peer review of MBA provision.

  The key condition   is at least one of the programmes of the MBA should have students with an average three years of prior industry experience (MBA Criteria document) 

The MBM is a generalist, postgraduate, and predominantly pre-experience degree designed to provide a thorough grounding in the theoretical fundamentals of management – accompanied by substantial practical interventions – in order to enable graduates (usually from any discipline) to successfully begin a management career within a variety of different organisational settings, through the development of integrated knowledge, skills and values.

An accredited MBA portfolio is normally a pre-requisite for the assessment of an Institution’s MBM portfolio; however, if an Institution does not offer an MBA, then MBM accreditation may be permitted in exceptional circumstances. In such cases, an Institution must have been graduating MBM students for a minimum of three years in order to be eligible for accreditation. As an assurance of continuity and sustainability of quality provision, an Institution and its MBM provision will have conformed to the majority of the Association’s criteria for a minimum period of three years prior to its first assessment. (MBM Criteria Document) 

Association of MBAs Development Network ADN  is a value added platform for availing of the premium services of AMBA even without even going in for the accreditation process of AMBA. The facility would allow the schools to build their capacity and confidence before embarking on their accreditation programme while also being able to access the premier AMBA network of schools.  The ADN brochure

ADN Member Schools
1.  Great Lakes Gurgaon          

2. ICBM - School of Business Excellence Hyderabad 

3. Rajagiri Business School Kochi

4. School of Inspired Leadership (Soil)Gurgaon

5. Woxsen School of Business Hyderabad

6. Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) Bhubaneswar

7. Manipal International University 

DBA is a Doctoral-level, research-based qualification, designed to make a contribution to the enhancement of trans-disciplinary professional practice in management disciplines, in addition to a contribution to knowledge via the development and application of theoretical frameworks, methods, and techniques. A DBA places emphasis on the novel application of theory, as well as the potential creation or testing of theory within the context of practice.

The key component and metric of DBA quality is the research thesis itself, which must demonstrate Doctoral quality as well as a significant contribution to management practice. As such, only programmes which have graduated at least three DBA students over the last three years are eligible for DBA accreditation. . An accredited MBA portfolio is normally a pre-requisite for the assessment of an Institution’s DBA portfolio; however, if an Institution does not offer an MBA, then DBA accreditation may be permitted in exceptional circumstances. (MBA Criteria Document)


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