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Rankings & reputation

Internationally accredited and ranked among the top business school in Canada, we have built our reputation on high standards—for you and ourselves.



Less than 1 per cent of the world's business schools hold both Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation—and Gustavson is proud to be one of them. Accreditation is our promise of accountability and continuous improvement. You will see this reflected in our programs, research and more.  

AACSB accreditation logo

Since 2011, Gustavson has maintained AACSB accreditation. The AACSB is one of the highest standards of quality assurance for business education and scholars.   

EQUIS accreditation logo

EQUIS is a leading international system of quality assessment. All accredited institutions show high quality of:

  • internationalization
  • responsible management
  • close interaction with the world of practice

Gustavson first received EQUIS accreditation in 2007.  

PRIME accreditation logo

The UN PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) initiative asks us to adapt what we do to advance sustainable development. You see the results in our curricula, research, teaching and strategies. Gustavson joined the initiative in 2009. We became an Advanced Signatory in 2014 and became a PRME Champion in 2019.  

CEWIL accreditation logo

CEWIL Canada (Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada) partners with post-secondary institutions to champion work-integrated learning. The University of Victoria first received CEWIL accreditation in 2012.  

Learn more

The Gustavson School of Business maintains high quality programs through our Assurance of Learning (AoL) process. AoL is a systematic, continuous improvement process to ensure quality at the program-level with the goal of improving student learning. 

For more information on our learning goals and process, contact the chair of the AoL Committee through the Gustavson Dean’s Office.

For more information about our accreditation, contact

Points of pride

Fully carbon neutral since 2017

Gustavson began tracking its carbon footprint in 2013. In 2017, we committed to offsetting our Scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions. We are one of the first business schools – very possibly the first – in the world to be carbon neutral. The Carbon Neutrality Plus Committee continues to explore how Gustavson can reduce its emissions, while offsetting what we do emit.

83% of required courses included SDG content 

In 2023, 69 out of 81 required courses included content on a sustainable development goal. Our BCom, MBA and PhD programs each have a required course dedicated to business and sustainability. This is in addition to deliberate integration of sustainability content throughout the curriculum.  

Facts & figures

Here are the enrolment, employment and engagement statistics at Gustavson. These numbers cover the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Master in Global Business (MGB), Master in Management (MM) and PhD programs.  


By program 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
BCom 1,211 1,484 1,410
MBA 58 89 115
MGB 46 39 23
MM   12* 18

[1] BCom enrolment does not include business minor students.

*New program for 2021-2022.


Graduate employment at 3 months 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
BCom 77% 86% 97%
MBA 100% n/a 92%
MGB 63% 74% 70%


Area & metric 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Number of mentors 329 242 238 119
Contactable alumni 6,268 6,586 6,931 7,945
Co-op placements 774 791 777 871