“Accreditation” is an external stamp of quality on an institution’s educational programs. It means that the institution has subjected these programs to an independent external audit, which sets certain standards and requirements for the qualification to be issued. It is an important instrument for students, their families, government officials, employers and the press to have the assurance that an institution or program provides high quality education.

For MSM it is important that our degrees are accredited by the major external and independent accreditation bodies, as this means that we are providing a sound and solid business education to our students. It is however also important to our students: not only to give them the peace of mind that they are investing in an accredited program, but also because it is often a requirement from their sponsors that they only enroll in accredited programs.

MSM’s programs are variously accredited by the following agencies (please click below on further information on this):


NVAO logoThe MSM residential fulltime MBA program, the parttime Executive MBA program (EMBA) in Maastricht and the Online MBA are accredited by the Dutch – Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO).

The fulltime, parttime and online MBA program in Maastricht are also listed in the Ministries’ Central Registration of Higher Education in the Netherlands (CROHO).

Please note that only the MBA programs offered in Maastricht carry the NVAO accreditation, since NVAO does not accredit programs fully conducted outside the Netherlands.

This has two important implications. First, only the fulltime residential MBA and parttime executive MBA programs offered in Maastricht are considered “Dutch” degrees and accredited as such by the Dutch authorities. Second, it has an implication for students wishing to legalize their diplomas in the Netherlands.

Here, one must keep in mind the difference between legalization in the sense of confirmation of authenticity (by means of an apostille stamp) and legalization in the form of recognition by the NVAO. In the Netherlands, the latter legalization can be provided by DUO only for the purpose of a study program registered by NVAO that has been included in the CROHO.

(ATTENTION: Until further notice, MSM can only assist with Confirmation of Authenticity of diplomas.  Any other type of verification needs to be done by the graduate themselves in their home country at the respective embassy.  Confirmation of Authenticity is currently not possible for use in Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.)


AMBA logoThe Association of MBAs (AMBA) is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education.
Their accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programs.
AMBA accredits the MBA provision at over 200 business schools in more than 70 different countries.

The following programs of MSM are accredited by AMBA (including Maastricht and Global Provisions):

  • Master of Business Administration (Full-time, Executive, Online and Global Provisions)
  • Master in Management (Full-time and Global Provisions)
  • Doctorate in Business Administration



ACBSP logoThe Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is the premier accrediting association for business schools and programs with a focus on teaching excellence. The association is focused on what occurs in the classroom while encouraging scholarly research.

The Maastricht School of Management is accredited by the ACBSP to offer the following business degrees:

  • Doctor of Business Administration – DBA (Including Maastricht and Global Provisions)
  • Master of Science in International Business – MSc
  • Master of Business Administration – MBA (Full-time, Executive, Online and Global Provisions)
  • Master in Management (Full-time and Global Provisions)

The ACBSP develops, promotes, and recognizes best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education and accredits qualified business programs.

ACBSP acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching. Institutions are strongly encouraged to pursue a reasonable mutually beneficial balance between teaching and research. And further, ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.


The International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) was founded in 1997 and is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions and campuses worldwide, and has accredited over 1,400 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America.

Please click here for the IACBE accreditation status document of Maastricht School of Management.


The Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA) is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance through institutional accreditation.

ATHEA is legally formed and registered in Vienna, Austria to promote the following activities:

  1. To provide educational, accrediting, quality assurance and other services to its member institutions. These are degree/diploma granting post-secondary educational institutions offering higher education. They can be located inside or outside the European Higher Education Area.
  2. To conduct voluntary, non-governmental peer review and make decisions concerning the accreditation or pre-accreditation status of member institutions.
  3. To seek registration on the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) for Higher Education.

Maastricht School of Management is institutionally accredited by ATHEA.