Palm Beach Atlantic University Earns AACSB International Accreditation



AACSB International (AACSB) has announced that Palm Beach Atlantic University has earned business accreditation for its Marshall E. Rinker Sr. School of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting learners, educators, and businesses worldwide. 

“AACSB accreditation recognizes institutions that have demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curriculum development, and student learning,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “We congratulate Palm Beach Atlantic University and Dean Brian Strow on earning accreditation and applaud the entire Marshall E. Rinker Sr. School of Business team—including the administration, faculty, staff, and students—for their roles in earning this respected honor.”

"Achieving AACSB accreditation is a pivotal achievement within our ‘Wall Street South’ regional business environment,” said Palm Beach Atlantic University President, Dr. Debra A. Schwinn. “This accomplishment places us amongst the top-tier of Council for Christian Colleges & Universities business schools and is a testimony to the efforts of Dean Brian Strow, our dedicated faculty and staff, and all our partners at the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. School of Business.”

Synonymous with the highest standards of quality, AACSB accreditation inspires new ways of thinking within business education globally. As a result, less than 6% of the world's schools offering business degree programs hold AACSB business accreditation. Through today’s ratification, a total of 989 institutions across 62 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation in business. Furthermore, 194 institutions maintain supplemental AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.

AACSB accreditation ensures continuous improvement and provides focus for schools to deliver on their mission, innovate, and drive impact. AACSB-accredited schools have successfully undergone a rigorous review process conducted by their peers in the business education community, ensuring that they have the resources, credentials, and commitment needed to provide students with a first-rate, future-focused business education.

"Palm Beach Atlantic University’s commitment to earning accreditation is a true reflection of their dedication—not only to their students, alumni network, and greater business community, but to the higher education industry as a whole,” said Bryant. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s business leaders, and the addition of the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. School of Business to the network of AACSB-accredited business schools will have a lasting positive impact for their institution, both locally and globally.”

We are grateful for all our faculty, donors, mentors and friends who have supported and developed the Marshall E. Rinker School Sr. School of Business throughout the decades—you are helping PBA equip students to grow in wisdom, lead with conviction, and serve God boldly!