Mount Saint Mary College's Business degree programs were recently granted affirmation of specialized accreditation through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).
The Mount's School of Business has received IACBE accreditation for the following Business programs:
- Dual Master of Business Administration/Bachelor of Science in Accounting
- Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management
- Master of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Science in Accounting
- Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
- Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Administration with concentrations in
- Sports Management
"We are proud to have received IACBE accreditation for our Business programs," noted Tiffany Gagliano, Dean of the Mount's School of Business. "The Mount has enjoyed IACBE accreditation since 2013. This reaccreditation is one of many ways we are committed to giving our students a robust, hands-on education in Business."
Founded in 1997, IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in Business and Business-related education for higher education institutions across the globe. IACBE's World Headquarters are located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas.
IACBE granted the Mount a blemish-free affirmation of accreditation, meaning the organization had no additional suggestions or concerns regarding the quality of the college's Business programs. The current period of accreditation will last through December 31, 2028.
Mount business faculty met the council's standards for excellence and are continuously improving the preparation of students for career growth. According to IACBE, the Mount's School of Business has demonstrated compliance of its Business program with IACBE accreditation principles through a rigorous process of self-evaluation and independent peer review. Some IACBE accreditation principles include a commitment to integrity, responsibility, and ethical behavior; resources supporting Business programs; an institution's external relationships; and innovation in Business education.
"We are thrilled with the outcome," said A. Reza Hossain, professor of Economics and Chair of the School of Business. "This encapsulates a year-long self-study involving the collection and analysis of data, and curriculum and policy reviews undertaken by the faculty of the School of Business with the help of the college's strong support services, including career services, library, IT, Office of Student Success, and Institutional Research. Concerted efforts of the faculty and staff and the guidance from the IACBE experts were instrumental in this accomplishment."
A Mount education involves more than learning in classrooms, Hossain noted. It also includes experiential learning. For example, for the last 11 years, Mount Accounting students have provided free income tax preparation assistance to individuals with low to moderate incomes through the volunteer Tax-Aide assistance program.
In addition, the college recently kicked off its sixth year of the Medici Scholars Program, a collaboration with Walden Savings Bank in which undergraduate Business students assist nonprofits in the region. This year, Medici students are aiding the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.