Accreditations, memberships and affiliations

The Dhillon School of Business is an internationally accredited business school.  We hold several professional accreditations and designations for our programs, and are also members, affiliates of or signatories to several Canadian and International educational and professional initiatives.

The Dhillon School of Business at the University of Lethbridge is accredited by, is a member of or signatory to the following organizations and initiatives :

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Being accredited by AACSB means we are committed to continually improving the quality of business education we offer. Our programs will challenge our students in a way that will prepare them for the ever-changing global business landscape through relevant, rigorous coursework.

Research shows that AACSB accredited schools have:

  • more demanding hiring standards for their faculty, meaning our students are taught by leading experts in their field:
  • undergraduate and masters students with higher overall GPAs; and
  • the majority of their alumni in senior-level or higher positions five years after graduation.

And this is just the start, with AACSB accreditation, we’ll be held accountable to 9 high-quality standards which are reviewed every five years. That means we’ll be innovating the way business education looks for decades to come.

What AACSB accreditation means for our students

The accreditation process ensures that our students are learning the most current material for their fields of study and that through it all we’re connecting them to the global business landscape at large.

Research shows that students who graduate from an AACSB accredited school benefit in many ways;

  • they are contenders for jobs from the top global corporations who only hire from AACSB accredited schools;
  • they are often offered more competitive salaries;
  • they have a better chance of getting into graduate programs; and
  • they have more employers interested in them after graduation.

Ultimately, as AACSB alumni, our students will be prepared to lead effectively, taking their place among the world’s most influential entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Societal Impact and AACSB

Standard Nine addresses AACSB's vision that business education is a force for good in society and makes a positive contribution to society. Many business schools have adopted the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for how to achieve societal impact. The Dhillon School of Business is in the process of adopting a similar framework with the addition of Indigenization as a priority over the next five years. AACSB has developed a Societal Impact Dashboard to show how the AACSB community is working towards various UN SDGs.

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The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) works to strengthen Indigenous business and builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, businesses and communities in Canada. As a member, the Dhillon School of Business is committed to supporting Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships, particularly in business to foster a sustainable and equitable economy.

Students who want to pursue a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation—recognized as the premier certification for investment professionals, will be happy to know that the Bachelor of Management major in Finance is Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) recognized. That means our curriculum aligns with the CFA ® Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and emphasizes the CFA ® Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. It also means students have 15 scholarships they can apply for to help cover the cost of CFA exams.

All of our accounting programs meet the prerequisite course requirements for entry into the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program (PEP). PEP is a two-year graduate-level program leading to Canada’s most pre-eminent business and accounting designation, the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

Our major in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations is accredited by Chartered Professional In Human Resources (CPHR). That means students of this major can waive the CPHR National Knowledge Exam (NKE), a requirement for individual CPHR designation. They also only require three years of professional human resources experience to receive the full CPHR designation, whereas those who do not graduate with a degree from an accredited institution require eight years of experience.

EFMD is a global network of business schools and corporations dedicated to enhancing excellence in management education and development globally.

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The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), is a United Nations supported initiative that raises the profile of sustainability in schools around the world. The Dhillon School of Business is committed to implementing the Six Principles to ensure future leaders have the skills they need to balance economic and sustainability goals, as well as committed to supporting the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).