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Association of MBAs to widen accreditation role

The Association of MBAs will extend its accreditation service to career-entry masters in general management programmes and the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Spring 2005.

"Given the proliferation of masters courses, there is now a need to distinguish between the Accredited MBA, which requires several years' work experience, and the career-entry masters in general management which is targeted at those with no previous work experience", said Association of MBAs' Chief Executive, Jeanette Purcell.

"This widening of the Association's accreditation service is a direct response to the concerns of our individual members who are MBA students and graduates who want to protect the integrity and quality of the accredited MBA qualification.

"The Association also sought advice from its International Accreditation Advisory Board, which comprises representatives from top international business schools. It was felt that, in the interests of clarification, a distinction should be made between the two.

"There has also been a need for greater clarity around the DBA in recent years. We are keen to expand our criteria to fully explain the value of the DBA to individuals and their organisations.

"As an independent Association we are focused on safeguarding standards of excellence and ensuring clarity around the purpose and the nature of postgraduate management education".

Accreditation of career-entry masters in general management programmes and the DBA will only be available to institutions currently offering MBA programmes accredited by the Association.

There is currently no intention to link accreditation of career-entry masters and the DBA to membership of the Association of MBAs.

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