COBA Accreditations

Accreditation, Recognitions & Memberships
The American University in the Emirates’ College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the world’s largest business education network connecting learners, educators, and businesses worldwide.
AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide and it has been awarded to less than 6 percent of the world’s schools offering business degree programs.
College of Business Administration Curriculum at The American University in the Emirates received International Accreditation by Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). CIMA has partnered with AICPA (American Institute of CPAs) and the merger is now named AICPA- Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants.
The accreditation resulted in COBA specializations attaining equivalency and exemptions from CIMA that will ensure graduating market-ready students in the field of Business. Five of COBA specializations namely; Accounting, Finance, Business Management, HRM and e-commerce & Marketing have attained curriculum equivalency. At the undergraduate level, Accounting Specialization attained the maximum exemptions while MBA Program has achieved maximum exemptions which any graduate program can achieve. AUE is now listed on CIMA website’s “exemptions search” to inform students of the exemptions pertaining to their specialization and year of completion and can be found here:
Students can benefit from these exemptions and attain the elite CGMA – Chartered Global Management Accountant certification.
College of Business Administration BBA in E-Commerce and Marketing degree at The American University in the Emirates has been recognized by Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). CIM is the world’s leading professional marketing body with over 30,000 members worldwide, including more than 3,000 Chartered Marketers. The recognition allows students to be exempted from certain modules on their path to become certified in Professional Marketing and Professional Digital Marketing.
AUE is now listed on CIM website’s “exemptions search” to inform students of the exemptions pertaining to their specialization and year of completion can be found here:
Students will need to register as a CIM member within 3 years of graduating to claim the exemptions and then have up to 5 years from graduating to complete the additional module(s) to gain their full qualifications.
American University in the Emirates has been recognized as a Project Management Institute (PMI) Registered Education Provider (R.E.P). This recognition allows the College of Business Administration to equalize all offered Project Management courses at undergraduate and graduate level to attending certificate preparation course in PMP. With recognition as PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), AUE is now amongst the premier comprehensive continuing education program providers related to the field of project management.
The American University in the Emirates, is an accredited member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). SHRM is an international society of experts on issues impacting the evolving workplace and AUE is a part of this society since the university offers a specialization in Human Resource Management. SHRM membership helps our students to be up to date with most recent topics in HRM while connecting themwith most valuable experts in the field of human resource management where they can build their network needed during their study and after they graduate. SHRM not only provides our students with the latest information, it also provides thousands of templates and policies and forms that they might need once employed. Being a part of SHRM will enhance our students’ skills and output and builds solid steps in the field of HRM.
In continuation of COBA efforts to encourage the students to pursue professional certificates that distinguish them in the market and enhance their employability, COBA has collaborated with the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) to get Certified Management Accountant (CMA) scholarships for its students. Recipients of the CMA Scholarships will receive a comprehensive package of benefits, enabling them to study for and take the CMA exam at no cost. The benefits include:
  • IMA membership for up to 3 years while pursuing completion of the CMA exam
  • Entrance fee to the CMA program
  • Exam Support Package – an assessment tool that can help assess the content covered on the CMA exam
  • Registration fees for the first attempt for both parts of the CMA exam
  • Wiley CMA excel online test bank access for up to 2 years for both CMA exam parts (This is a new initiative for students in the Middle East region)