Nobody promised it would be easy, but months of intense preparation and self-study paid off for MET’s Department of Administrative Sciences in February. After a rigorous review European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS)awarded MET its coveted—and, for institutions in the United states, quite rare—stamp of approval.
According to Associate Professor and Chair of Administrative Sciences Kip Becker, “The EPAS accreditation process requires you to explain your philosophy, and how it fits into your program. We spent the previous summer reviewing and honing our philosophy.”
Accreditation covers the Administrative Sciences Department’s on-campus Master of Science in Administrative Studies program and the online Master of Science programs in Banking & Financial Services Management; Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management; Insurance Management; International Marketing Management; and Project Management.
Based in Brussels, Belgium, EFMD is an international membership organization with a mission to promote and enhance excellence in management development in Europe and worldwide.
A full member of EFMD since 2010, the College is in the company of more than 750 other member organizations from academia, business, public service, and consultancy in 81 countries. What is particularly notable, however, is that MET is one of just two U.S. schools to hold EPAS accreditation, and among only 56 worldwide. “Their recognition is a true mark of distinction,” says Becker. “It makes a statement about the global vision of the Administrative Sciences department and stands as a testimony to the high standards we set for our faculty and students.”
The EPAS community includes many of the world’s finest schools, and accreditation promises to play a valuable supporting role in the College’s global initiatives—in particular, MET International’s efforts to develop and cultivate meaningful partnerships with first-rate educational institutions abroad. MET International not only lays the groundwork for these partnerships, but also oversees the BU campus experience for students from each partner institution.
“EPAS accreditation is an indication to our peer institutions and student community that the College maintains a commitment to high academic standards, while developing innovative and international academic programs,” notes Thomas Garriepy (GSM’10), director of MET International. “Any time you integrate motivated, high-quality students from abroad, you’re bringing in a global perspective to case study discussions, and that leads to fruitful outcomes and motivates American students and MET faculty alike.”
In the words of Dean Halfond, “EPAS is wonderful recognition of Metropolitan College’s unique accomplishments in management education and distance learning—which, in turn, will encourage even more program development and academic partnerships with other fine institutions globally.”
» For more information on the accreditation of MET’s management graduate degrees, read the original press release.