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Accreditations and Recognitions

DCU Business School is recognised by professional, governmental, and non-governmental organisations.

Academic Accreditions

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DCU Business School has been awarded accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world's oldest and most prestigious global accrediting body for business schools. AACSB accreditation is widely recognised as the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools.

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal review, engagement with an AACSB assigned mentor, and peer review. During the multi-year process, the school focuses on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB's accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty and staff engagement; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement. 

DCU's Executive MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs, which assesses the quality of MBA programmes worldwide. Leading national and multinational firms in Ireland have consistently supported employees on the programme. The Association of MBAs is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education and was established in 1967.

The M.Sc. in Electronic Commerce has been awarded the prestigious EPAS accreditation. The accreditation recognises the quality of alumni of the programme and their career progression, the market positioning of the programme nationally and internationally, the curriculum content and delivery system, the extent to which the programme has an international focus, its balance between academic and managerial dimensions, and the appropriateness of the faculty who deliver the programme. EPAS is an international programme accreditation system operated by EFMD. It aims to evaluate the quality of any business and/or management programme that has an international perspective and, where of an appropriately high quality, to accredit it.

The BA in Global Business (German)is accredited by the FIBAA, they promote quality and transparency in education and science by awarding quality certificates to educational programs and education institutions in the areas of higher education and continued professional development. The transparent accreditation system was established in Germany in 1994.

Professional Accreditation

Chartered Accountants Ireland is the largest and longest established accountancy body in Ireland. It has over 21,000 members and 6,000 students.

Graduates from the following programmes are offered exemptions in either the CAP1 or CAP2 exams:

  • BA in Accounting and Finanace
  • Professional Diploma in Accounting
  • M.Sc. in Accounting

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. It has over 140,000 members and 404,000 students and offers support throughout their careers, providing services through a network of 83 offices and active centres.

Graduates from the following programmes are offered exemption options in ACCA F1 - F9 exams:

  • BA in Accounting and Finanace
  • Professional Diploma in Accounting
  • M.Sc. in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Studies

The Irish Tax Institute (ITI) is the leading professional body for taxation affairs in Ireland. It has over 6,000membership across AITI Chartered Tax Advisers (CTA), accountants, barristers, solicitors and other business professionals.

Graduates from the following programmes are offered exemption for the Chartered Tax Advisor Exams:

  • BA in Accounting and Finanace
  • Professional Diploma in Accounting
  • Professional Diploma in Taxation
  • M.Sc. in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Studies


CIMA is the world'slargest and leadingprofessional body of management accountants. It has over 203,000 members and students in 173 countries.

Graduates from the following programmes are offered exemption for specific CIMA modules:

  • BA in Accounting and Finanace
  • Bachelor of Business Studies
  • Professional Diploma in Accounting
  • MSc in Accounting
  • MSc in Management (Business)
  • MSc in Management (Strategy)


The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) isthe world's largest Chartered HR and development professional body. As an internationally recognised brand with over, it has over 135,000 members and supports and develops those responsible for the management and development of people within organisations.

Graduates who successfully complete the following programmes are eligible for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD):

  • MSc in Human Resource Management
  • MSc in Human Resource Strategy
  • MSc in Work Organisational Behaviour/Psychology

The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) is the only globally recognized leader in financial risk testing and certification programs, and educational and training activities.

Graduates from the MSc in Finance qualify for graduate membership of the Global Association of Risk Professionals



School Membership

DCU Business School is a member of the International Partnership of Business Schools (IPBS) - a consortium of leading business schools. The mission of the IPBS is to create an international, multicultural and experiential management-oriented program that enhances the capacity of students to operate successfully in a global economy. IPBS stressed the importance of students having the opportunity to live, study, and work in another country as part of their business program - developing language fluency and cultural and business competence. In existence since 1974, the IPBS has a strong network of alumni working throughout the world.

The MBA Association of Ireland (MBAAI) is the 2000-strong representative body for graduates holding the degree of Masters in Business Administration (MBA) living and working in Ireland.