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The only freestanding college of our kind accredited for both business (AACSB) and technology (ABET)


AACSB Accreditation LogoBelmont University’s bachelor’s of business administration degree program in Music Business has been accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. Organized in 1916, AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

Fewer than 5% of the world’s business schools are able to adhere to standards that result in AACSB accreditation of their business education programs. A much smaller group, fewer than 1% of business schools (178 schools) worldwide, have earned AACSB accreditation for both their business and accounting programs. Belmont University is among the elite group that holds AACSB accreditation in both areas.

Belmont initially earned accreditation for business and accounting in 2002 and has maintained this distinction through periodic reviews to ensure that we continue to meet AACSB standards. The most recent examination in spring 2012 resulted in our Maintenance of Accreditation.

AACSB International membership does not confer AACSB International accreditation and should not be interpreted as achieving accreditation.

To achieve AACSB accreditation, business programs must satisfy the expectations of a wide range of quality standards relating to curriculum, faculty resources, admissions, degree requirements, library and computer facilities, financial resources, and intellectual climate that are all mission-linked. Having continued to meet accreditation standards, Belmont is recognized among the "The Best Business Schools in the World."


ABETBelmont University’s bachelor’s degree program in Audio Engineering Technology has been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET, Inc.), the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education.

This is the first program focused specifically on audio engineering to be fully accredited under ABET standards, marking a significant accomplishment for the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business (CEMB) and Belmont University as well as the audio profession.

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations—conducted by teams of volunteer professionals working in industry, government, academe and private practice within the ABET disciplines—focus on program curricula, faculty, facilities, institutional support and other important areas.

One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education provided. As part of this continuous improvement requirement, programs set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals and improve their programs based on the results of their assessment.

In addition to providing colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate and improve their programs, accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared and is used by registration, licensure and certification boards to screen applicants.

About ABET

ABET is a not-for-profit organization, owned and operated by its more than 25 professional and technical member societies. An internationally respected organization with some 1,500 volunteers, ABET has set the higher-educational standards in its fields for nearly 75 years. More information about ABET, its member societies, and the evaluation criteria used to accredit programs can be found at