Accreditations and Partnerships
Sobey School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The AACSB Accreditation Standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn. AACSB-accredited schools have the highest quality faculty, relevant and challenging curriculum, and provide educational and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools.
AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation.
In 2013, our application for membership in the European Foundation for Management Development was accepted and we were granted Full Membership status, joining a very small group of North American peers.
EFMD is the largest international network association in the field of management development. The EFMD network is extremely diverse and includes almost 800 institutional members, reaching over 25,000 management development professionals from academia, business, public service and consultancy across 81 countries worldwide.
Membership of EFMD represents an ideal opportunity for schools and companies with an international strategy, who are looking to connect and engage with other leading schools and companies around the world. Successful application to the EFMD is the first step on the road to the prestigious EQUIS accreditation.
Sobey School Chosen as 2020-2021 PRME Champions
The Sobey School of Business is proud to be a signatory to the PRME initiative. The Principles for Responsible Management Education provide a framework for academic institutions to advance the broader cause of corporate social responsibility and incorporate universal values into curricula and research. PRME engages business and management schools to ensure they provide future leaders with the skills needed to balance economic and sustainability goals, while drawing attention to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Sobey School of Business is excited to share that we have been selected as PRME Champions for the 2020-2021 cycle, which is a group of PRME signatories who have committed to being leaders in the space of responsible management education.
The Sobey School reports annually on the ways we have incorporated the principles of PRME into our curriculum, research, and daily work. Most recently, the Sobey School held a Responsible Investing event, which included a research expo, a panel on responsible investing, and a teaching showcase for faculty. Our faculty are doing research on a variety of important issues that tie into many of the SDGs, including the poverty-climate change nexus, social entrepreneurship, the role of gender in venture capitalism and much more. The Sobey School also has a PRME library available for access to resources related to integrating the SDGs into courses, or learning more about responsible management education. Beyond these efforts, the Sobey School is actively working on mapping the SDGs through the curriculum, and integrating them throughout courses.
Thanks to an accreditation agreement the School has signed with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada (Nova Scotia), upon graduation, Sobey HR majors with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above will be able to apply for a waiver of the National Knowledge Exam (NKE), one of the key steps in achieving the Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation.
Alumni who have graduated as far back as May 2017 may apply for the waiver, but must do so by June 15, 2020.
The Sobey School of Business's Finance major and Master of Finance program are recognized as Chartered Financial Analyst®(CFA) University Affiliated programs.
The CFA designation is the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world and is often called the "gold standard" for the investment management industry. As a CFA Affiliated University, our Finance programs are closely tied to professional practice, providing students with a solid grounding in the CFA Program's Candidate Body of Knowledge and positioning them well to sit for CFA exams. This affiliation allows our Finance students to be eligible for scholarships and have access to CFA Institute curriculums, journals, webcasts and other educational resources.
Chartered Financial Analyst and CFA are registered trademarks of CFA Institute.
MBA students interested in consulting can take advantage of our longstanding partnership with CMC Canada. By taking elective courses in management consulting and project management, students academically qualify to pursue the CMC designation. Our MBA program has had a long relationship with CMC Canada.