Accreditation and Rankings - School of Business and Economics - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Accreditation and University Rankings

UC Business School is proud of our international university rankings and we continue to work towards accreditation initiatives that reflect our international reputation for quality education and programmes.

AACSB International Accreditation

aacsb accreditation logoUC Business School is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is accredited by AACSB International, placing UC in the top five percent of business schools worldwide.

AACSB Accreditation Standards are used as the basis to evaluate a business school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, programs, and other critical areas. AACSB accreditation ensures students and parents that the business school is providing a top-quality education. It also ensures employers that AACSB-accredited business school graduates are ready to perform on day one.

To be accredited, an institution must satisfy requirements set out in the AACSB Business Accreditation Standards.AACSB logo

Media release: University of Canterbury Earns Prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation

Find out more about AACSB Accreditation

School of Business and Economics enrolment and completion figures 2015

Association of MBAs (AMBA) logoAssociation of MBAs

AMBA accredits the University of Canterbury's flagship MBA programme.

AMBA is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. Its accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programmes. It accredits MBA programmes at 161 schools in 72 countries.

CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and administers the industry gold standard CFA charter. The organisation is a champion for ethical behaviour in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. CFA Insitute has more than 100,000 members in 139 countries and territories, including 100,000 CFA charterholders.

The University of Canterbury Bachelor of Commerce degree programme has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programmes incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.

QS Rankings logoQS World University Rankings

The University of Canterbury was the first university in New Zealand to receive "five star ranking university status" from QS Worldwide University Ranking (2013).

The University of Canterbury ranks 214 in the 2016 QS World University rankings and is New Zealand's most research intensive university.

The School of Business and Economics has a strong emphasis on quality, research-based teaching that ensures our graduates are knowledgable and capable to meet the demands of a modern business environment.

For the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2017), the University of Canterbury featured for the following subjects, related to the College of Business and Law:

  • Accounting and Finance (ranked in the Top 150)
  • Law (ranked in the Top 150)
  • Business and Management Studies (ranked in the Top 200)
  • Computer Science and Information Systems (ranked in the Top 200)
  • Economics & Econometrics (ranked in the Top 200)

QS World Rankings website

Eduniversal logoEduniversal University Rankings

UC received 4 Palmes of Excellence in the 2016 Eduniversal annual dean's survey and is placed in the top 1000 universities amongst 154 countries. UC's Master of Commerce, MBA and taught masters programmes are ranked in the Top Masters programmes by the Eduniversal Master's Ranking Office.

The ranking of the Best Master's programmess is developed by carefully assessing mainly three below given factors:

        • The reputation of the programme.
        • The career prospects and the salary level of the first employment after graduation.
        • The satisfaction feedback of the students.

Eduniversal Best Masters Rankings website

Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF)

UC has retained its position as a leading research university according to the latest Tertiary Education Commission Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) assessment. UC ranks top in New Zealand for our Marketing and Tourism research, and second in New Zealand for Accounting and Finance, Management and Human Resources.

2012 Quality Evaluation 2012 Interim Report
Evaluating Research Excellence – the 2012 Assessment published April 2013 (PDF, 5.8 Mb)