The Value of Accreditation
The University of San Francisco School of Management is proudly AACSB and NASPAA accredited, ensuring the highest standard of education across all programs. The USF Financial Analysis degree program qualifies USF as a CFA Institute Affiliated University.
University of San Francisco Accreditation
In March 2019 the ASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has again reaffirmed accreditation for the University of San Francisco.
Accreditation entitles the University to participate in federal student financial aid programs. Accreditation also helps ensure that credits and degrees are generally recognized for purposes of transfer, admission to other institutions, and employment.
USF School of Management degree programs are AACSB Accredited. As a student, attending USF as an AACSB-accredited school ensures high-quality faculty, a high-quality student body with great diversity and high overall GPAs, relevant and challenging curricula, and access to unique educational and career opportunities. Graduates of USF AACSB-accredited programs are highly skilled and desirable to employers, so when you graduate from USF you are prepared for immediate success in the workplace.
AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide held by fewer than 5 percent of business programs. Achieving AACSB-accreditation is a rigorous process. Each accreditation standard assesses a school's ability to perform in critical areas, such as teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning.
The Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) Program, the first of its kind established in 1983, achieved another important milestone as one of the first nonprofit management education programs to be accredited by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC). In 2019 it received a full accreditation for 5 years recognizing its curricula and subjects competencies alignment with the NACC 2015 Graduate Curricula Guidelines criteria. The NACC Accreditation Process fosters third sector academic programs world-wide, including nonprofit and NGO studies and management, social entrepreneurship, social-purpose organizations leadership, and philanthropy studies and management, all with curriculum which places the civil sector at the center of the curricular perspective.
In July 2020 the USF Master of Public Administration again successfully met the NASPAA standards (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration) for a Professional Master’s Degree Program in Public Affairs, Policy, and Administration. To achieve accreditation, the USF MPA has proven to contribute to the knowledge, research, and practice of public service, establish observable goals and outcomes and use information about performance to guide program improvement.
A mission-based process driven by public service values, NASPAA accreditation ensures students achieve learning objectives in domains essential to public service. When seeking employment, graduating from an accredited program assures your degree has met a standard of quality that adequately prepares you for the profession. In fact, many employers require that your degree come from an accredited program to be eligible for tuition reimbursements.
CFA Institute Affiliate University
The USF Master of Science in Financial Analysis programs have earned the CFA highly-regarded status as an official CFA Institute Affiliated University. A longtime Academic Program Partner to CFA, this most recent status reflects the MSFA program's continuation of academic excellence.
The Chartered Financial Analyst or CFA designation represents an internationally recognized standard of excellence in investment management. As the administrator of the CFA exams and grantor of the CFA designation, the CFA Institute requires candidates to pass three exams to receive their CFA designation. For financial and investment professionals, holding the prestigious CFA credential is highly valuable, as it distinguishes you as a trained expert.
Several USF School of Management degrees are designated as a STEM program (science, technology, engineering, and math). Eligible international students may apply to work in the United States for additional time via the Optional Practical Training (OPT) benefit and OPT STEM extension.