Hi. I've been hanging around this forum for several months now and am impressed with the amount of information that is available and the support you offer to each other. This forum has really helped me gain some direction on my educational goals and help me decide on whether distance learning is right for me. I have an AACSB accreditation question... I was recently accepted into an MBA program offered through a local private university (Saint Mary's College of California). Classes are held locally with no online learning. The school seems to have a good reputation locally and can be completed in 18 months (every other Saturday). The Dean of the School of Business has told new students that they are submitting their application for AACSB accreditation this fall. Does anyone know how long accreditation takes (I've heard between 3-5 years). Is AACSB 'grandfathered' to students in the program prior to accreditation? I was also accepted to the UMass MBA Online program (AACSB) but am torn on which direction to take. I'm leaning toward the traditional classroom setting but still want the AACSB designation. Any insight on AACSB would be helpful. Thanks for the input!