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School Business Management, MSEd

This state-approved program leads to the ISBE Chief School Business Official (CSBO) endorsement and provides students with the knowledge and skills to serve as school business manager. It is offered in partnership with the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (Illinois ASBO) which provides nationally recognized faculty and instructors who are steeped in theory and practice. Students pursue one of three tracks: MSEd, non-degree certification-only, or expedited.

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 (preferred)

  • A minimum graduate GPA (if applicable) of 3.00 (preferred)

  • Background in school administration, accounting, finance or management (preferred)

  • Names and email addresses of two references willing to complete a recommendation form

  • Goal statement

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae


Additional requirements vary by track:

MSEd track

Required for those without a master's degree. Requires GRE or GMAT scores but this requirement can be waived for applicants with a master's degree.

Certification-Only track

Requires a master's degree in any field.

Expedited track

Requires a master's degree in business administration, finance, public administration or accounting. Also requires current employment in an Illinois school or district in a non-teaching business role with at least one year of FT experience in that role.

Delivery Method

All courses utilize a combination of weekly independent work and two to five synchronous online sessions at a specific date and time in the evening. Students are also required to attend two face-to-face sessions per course at the NIU-Naperville campus, (or UC if Lake County enrollments warrant) scheduled on a Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. and a Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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