Accreditations | INCAE


Consistently for the past ten years, INCAE Business School it has reached relevant positions in prominent international rankings. These rankings evaluate business schools and rate them according to previously established criteria, determining their position at a global and regional level.

The internationally recognized publication that evaluates business schools to generate a global ranking is the Financial Times. INCAE Business School has consistently held positions in the different rankings of said publication, the most recent being:

# 1 Full-time MBA in Latin America and # 96 in the world. Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2019
# 5 in the world in Salary% Increase, FT Global MBA 2019
# 6 in the world in International Experience, FT Global MBA 2019
# 14 in the world in Percentage of Women, FT Global MBA 2019
# 15 in the world in Career Progress, FT Global MBA 2019

# 1 Business School in Latin America and # 11 in the Americas. Financial Times Americas 2018

# 1 Executive MBA in Latin America and # 49 in the world. Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2018
# 1 in the world in International Participants, FT Executive MBA 2018
# 6 in the world in Faculty Diversity, FT Executive MBA 2018
# 15 in the world in International Experience, FT Executive MBA 2018
# 31 in the world in Sustainability content, FT Executive MBA 2018

# 5 Executive Education in the world in Internationality of Participants and Diversity of Teachers. Financial Times 2018.

# 1 in Central and South America in Entrepreneurship Programs. Financial Times MBAs for Entrepreneurship 2017

INCAE also stands out in other important publications, by being located in the Top 100 of the best International Business Schools according to Poets and Quants 2016, position # 9 in the world in the Executive MBA (EMBA) category, according to CEO Magazine 2017 and the position # 1, According to EDUNIVERSAL, in full-time master's degrees in Latin America.


INCAE Business School currently has four prestigious global accreditations, allowing the graduate to develop their professional career in any region of the world, these accreditations are:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)- In 1994, INCAE was the first and remains the only SACS accredited top-level business school outside of North America.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB): In 1998, INCAE was invited to participate in a pilot project for international accreditation and received it, among the first business schools, outside the United States.

European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS): This accreditation was granted to INCAE in 2003 by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development).

Association of MBAs: INCAE received this recognition in 2018 and is one of 256 AMBA-accredited business schools worldwide.

INCAE is one of the 88 business schools in the world that has the Triple Crown of Accreditation by having the accreditations of AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, the main international accreditors.


INCAE is accredited by the Commission of Universities of the Association of Schools and Universities of the South of the United States to grant academic degrees of masters. Contact the University Commission at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call (+1) 404-679-4500, for questions about INCAE accreditation.


The "Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business" (AACSB) is the largest accrediting organization for business administration schools in the world. It was founded in 1916, in order to bring together the best management schools in the United States. This accreditation is a recognized and highly respected distinction of quality in the academic and business communities of the United States and the world.

INCAE Business School was one of the first business schools outside the United States to be accredited by the AACSB. The Evaluation Committee, made up of deans of business schools, unanimously recommended this accreditation for its strengths, innovations and unique characteristics. The excellence and scope of its education and research programs, the quality of its faculty, its strategy for the development of a new faculty, and the firm commitment of all members of its academic community to the Institute's mission received special mention.


EQUIS Accredited

EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) is a European quality assurance accreditation granted by the "European Foundation for Management Development" (EFMD), whose main objective is to raise the standards of management education worldwide.

EFMD is an international organization with more than 650 members, including academic, business, public service and consulting organizations, in more than 75 countries. In addition, it provides a unique forum for information, research, "networking" and debate on innovation and best practices in management development.


The MBA Association (AMBA) is one of the leading authorities on graduate business education. Accredits Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Business Management (MBM) and Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) programs that demonstrate the highest standards in teaching, curriculum, and student interaction. INCAE is part of 2% of business schools worldwide and one of 33 in Latin America, which has received this recognition. Its focus on Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, its influence as a regional analysis group, its participation in the formulation of Central American policies and its connection with institutions such as Harvard Business School, Georgetown and ESADE, were considered as areas of excellence by the AMBA panel .


We are also affiliated with:

BULLETS (Business Association of Latin American Studies),

CLADEA (Latin American Council of Schools of Administration)

CFA Institute (Chartered Financial Analyst Institute)

CFA Institute

In collaboration with the CFA Institute, INCAE Business School promotes the highest ethical standards and professional excellence.

The curriculum for the concentration in Finance and Economics covers 70% of the Body of Knowledge Candidate as assessed by the CFA Institute in its exams to grant the CFA® certification.

Those candidates for the Incae Business School MBA who already have the CFA certification will not need to take the admission exam to the program.

CFA is a registered trademark of the CFA Institute

Partnership in International Management (PIM)

INCAE forms a consortium of 65 leading business schools worldwide that promote international cooperation for the development of joint programs, research and knowledge exchange.

Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM)

INCAE is part of a network of 30 leading business schools in America, Europe, Asia and Africa; committed to connecting with each other to train leaders with a global understanding of the markets, through courses and international exchanges. 


INCAE is part of the 225 schools in 32 countries around the world that are part of the global association GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council). 

GMAC seeks strong relationships with organizations whose mission reflects its commitment to excellence in graduate management education

* The GMAC Member School logo is a trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council and is used with permission.

Quality Improvement Plan (QEP)

As part of the process of reaffirming accreditation with SACS, schools must develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is a comprehensive process that identifies goals related to the achievement of learning outcomes for students. students and contains a plan for evaluating these results.

The QEP theme identified by INCAE is "Career Success" which reflects INCAE's commitment to developing leaders in the region for key sectors.

QEP INCAE "Critical thinking for Action"

Document Publication Date | Documentation for QEP

Feb 2010 INCAE Quality Enhancement Plan

Feb 2010 INCAE QEP Summary

Assessment of Learning

Below you can find the complete report for the Assessment of Learning of the Operations Management area 2014, with the analysis of the two tests of knowledge and critical thinking carried out:

  1. Aol - OM 2014 - Knowledge Test, with the analysis tables of the knowledge test. Download here
  2. Aol - OM 2014 - Critcal Thinking Test, with tables of the analysis of the results of the critical thinking test. Download here

Download the test report.

This test was taken in 2014 by the MBA 2015 in Costa Rica.

Statistics on the INCAE MBA

INCAE in figures here