school accreditations

School selection
  • Posted by Prakash on 01/29/14 5:59pm

    Hiii Thomas Sir,
    I am Prakash from India. I have graduated this year and i want to pursue MIM from a reputed college. I want to know whether Universita Bocconi is AACSB/EQUIS accredited or not??
    Its SDA school of management is triple accredited but is the MIM program at graduate school in Universita Bocconi accredited or not??

    And if there is a choice between Grenoble, Imperial and Bocconi; which one to choose??
    I mean i have gone through their website and i know that my preferences and other things matter but still asking you personally. Which one would you choose if you were me?? Plz guide me sir; i will be obliged.

    Sir plz rank these 3 colleges and plz highlight your personal opinions and views on these schools and especially their job prospects.

    Thank You.


    From your personal experience, which other colleges will you suggest me??

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 01/30/14 12:45pm

      Hi there,

      thank you for your question.

      AACSB and EFMD/EQUIS accredit business schools: not universities and not individual programs. Hence, if SDA Bocconi is AACSB-accredited, then automatically all its programs are AACSB accredited.

      The Master in Management of Universita Bocconi is NOT offered by SDA Bocconi. Therefore, the SDA Bocconi does not count for this MIM. Since Universita Boocni Graduate School is not AACSB accredited, its MIM is NOT accredited as well. It is also not AMBA-accredited.

      The fact that it is not accredited does not mean that the program is low quality or that it will not satisfy you. It just means that you cannot rely on the accreditation as a signal of quality and, hence, need to search for additional signals (e.g. analyze carefully their curriculum, talk to admissions people about the class size and the placement rate etc.).

      As for the three schools you mentioned I don't provide my personal opinion nor do I rank schools. It is the students' individual job to do this according to his or her individual preferences - and my job here is to help students find a program that optimally matches their preferences.

      If you say you know your preferences and if you still ask me, you don't seem to have carefully analyzed those schools so far - otherwise you would feel safe. In this Forum as well as in my soon-coming eBook I describe how to do that.

      If you have truly reflected your own preferences (I mean a bit more deeper than just saying "I want a job") then you have a program profile in your mind: You know the content you want to learn. You know the student demographics you want to have in your class. You know the career services you are looking for. You know your future function, job, industry, and employers as well as the geographic region you more or less at least aim working for after the MIM. With this detailed profile you can screen the websites, talk to the schools' admissions and career office managers, and finally students and alumni. If you don't get the data, you don't apply. Meaning: If a school is not willing to provide you with fair information and answers on your questions, I would not spend my money there.

      Best wishes

      By Thomas Graf