Master's degree accreditation procedure

In 2011 ASFOR began designing the accreditation system for Italian university programs leading to a master's degree in the field of management education.

In many European countries and in the rest of the world, these programs have already been the subject of accreditation processes for many years, either on a voluntary basis or on the recommendation of individual Ministries of Education.

The most prestigious accreditation systems are the international ones, both program-related, such as AMBA and EPAS , and institutional-related, such as EQUIS and AACSB. At a European level, ENQA has defined some general quality standards (ESG) for Higher Education to which universities and verification agencies in Europe will have to adhere.


Starting from this consolidated methodological basis, ASFOR has selected and adapted conceptual schemes and quality requirements to the Italian system, taking into account the specificities of our country and current provisions.


The scheme applies to Master of Science or Master degree programs which include management/managerial subjects greater than or equal to 50% of the curriculum.

Accreditation and the university system

The accreditation model takes into account the preliminary constraints imposed by our university system, including compliance with the requirements established at ministerial level which, given the legal value of the qualification, can obviously not be waived.

Q What are the advantages for Italian universities?

Student mobility is now a widespread phenomenon: the ASFOR accreditation scheme makes the quality of the programs apparent even at an international level, making them recognizable and comparable for students, families, the business world and financiers.

Areas subject to evaluation

Institutional context

Teaching staff
Resources and facilities

Structure and subdivision of the program

Objectives and target market
Definition of the curriculum
Delivery method
Evaluation method

Program management

Selection of students
Educational strategies
Personal development of students
International dimension
Connections with the world of work
Assessment of learning
Quality of graduates and career service
Reputation of the program

Quality assurance

The institution (and / or the Parent Institution) must prove that it has an effective and rigorous quality assurance system in terms of program design and approval, monitoring the quality of the course and periodic reviews of all aspects relating to the program, including evaluation of the effectiveness of the teaching.