This specialization gives you skills in budgeting, facilities management, human resources, public relations and legal issues that are required to be a successful school administrator.


Concordia University Chicago provides a specialization in school business management with and without an Illinois Chief School Business Official (CSBO) Management endorsement. The information below is only for candidates who do not already have a graduate degree. (If you have a graduate degree, please click here to be directed to the appropriate program in the Department of Leadership.)

Learning Objectives

By pursuing a CSBO, you will gain a solid foundation in school business administration. Included in the curriculum are six hours of clinical experience as required by the State of Illinois to be eligible for the CSBO endorsement.

Proficiency Exam Requirements for CSBO

In order to obtain a CSBO endorsement students will be required to show evidence that they have taken and passed both the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) and the CSBO content test #185.

Career Possibilities

  • Chief financial officer
  • Function specialists: transportation, facilities, accounting
  • Human resource director
  • Chief operations officer
  • School administrator
  • Superintendent 

Specialization Information

Master of Business Administration 
Plus+  Chief School Business Official

Schedule of Courses

Semester 1

 

 

 

1st (8 weeks)   

MBAC6000

Managing and Leading Effective Organizations

On Campus or Online

2nd (8 weeks) 

MBAC6050

Ethics, Law & Communication in Decision Making

On Campus or Online

Semester 2

 

 

 

1st  (8 weeks)  

MBAC6100

Global Marketing in the Digital Era

On Campus or Online

2nd (8 weeks)  

MBAC6150

Organizational Behavior

On Campus or Online

Semester 3

 

 

 

1st (8 weeks)  

MBAC6200

Economics for Management

On Campus or Online

2nd (8 weeks)

MBAC6250

Entrepreneurialism & Innovation

On Campus or Online

Semester 4

 

1st (8 weeks) 

EDL6510

School Funding Accounting & Budgeting

ONLINE

2nd (8 weeks) 

MBAC6350

Managing Human Capital (HR, HCM, Global Teams)

On Campus or Online

Semester 5  

 

1st (8 weeks) 

EDL6150

School District Financial Planning and Analytics

ONLINE

2nd (8 weeks) 

EDL6211

Principles of School Business Management

ONLINE

Semester 6

 

 

 

1st (16 weeks)

EDL6986

School Business Management Internship I

TBD

1st (8 weeks)

MBAC6500

Global Management

On Campus or Online

2nd (8 weeks) 

EDL6520 

School Finance Law

ONLINE

Semester 7

 

 

 

1st (16 weeks)

EDL6987

School Business Management Internship II

TBD

Managing and Leading Effective Organizations

This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to facilitate innovative leadership and management within different types of organizations.  This course focuses on the impact of leadership and management on organizational effectiveness. Students will hone their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will learn attributes of successful leaders and managers, the challenges they face in in a global society, and how they build relationships and impact culture for organizational sustainability and innovations. 

Ethics, Law & Communication in Decision Making

This course introduces the legal and ethical obligations in business. Knowledge of law and ethics must be included into managerial decisions.  Students will learn to apply and communicate ethical frameworks to business decisions, with a lens on social responsibility. Proactive and effective communication can provide a competitive edge to organizations, reducing risk and liability.

Global Marketing in the Digital Era

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the global marketing environment through key marketing concepts, digital marketing tools and global marketing strategy.  The course challenges you to think critically about the global marketplace.  Students will hone their approach to global marketing decisions, policies and strategies.  Students will learn to formulate and evaluate a global marketing plan through the use of digital marketing tools and techniques.  

Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on providing students with cutting edge thinking about the topics that are germane to organizational behavior.  It is the people within an organization who create, innovate, and are responsible for keeping a competitive advantage. Knowing how to motivate and mobilize an organization’s human capital is critical to organizational performance. This course will assist students in developing a systematic understanding of why people behave the way they do and understand how to translate that knowledge into organizational applications.

Economics for Management

This course examines key economic concepts critical to managerial decision-making within today’s business environment with an emphasis on national and global, real-world applications.  The course incorporates both microeconomic and macroeconomic principles.

Entrepreneurialism & Innovation

This course challenges students to think about how they can create, build, or change an organization through sound leadership and management theories, personal relationships, creative and critical thinking, as well as how design thinking and innovation principles can be used to create value.

School Funding Accounting & Budgeting

This required course in the Chief School Business Official’s Endorsement program supports the development of servant-leaders in public schools. Integrity and competence are demonstrated as candidates show their understanding of the basic concepts and best practices related to school fund accounting and budgeting.

Managing Human Capital (HR, HCM, Global Teams)

Organizational managers and leaders must understand how changing technologies, demographics, mergers and acquisitions, and globalization influence the potential of human capital to create and maintain strategic competitive advantage.  This course will focus on how expanding the leadership and talent pool by having a sound diversity strategy can create competitive advantage.  Issues such as immigration, diversity laws, work-life balance, equal opportunity, ageism, and the multigenerational workforce are discussed.

School District Financial Planning and Analytics

This course is an eight-week clinical experience at the K12 level on the role of the chief school business official in overseeing and allocating financial, human resource and other resources to promote student performance.

Principles of School Business Management

Introduces students to the role of school business management including key concepts, skills and aptitudes. Provides a basis from which students can connect and apply key school business management concepts to their graduate business education in the MBA program.

Global Management

This course focuses on how globalization has opened the world to organizations and provides students the skills and knowledge to perform effectively as a leader within a company with global presence. Topics covered the broader themes about globalization and its implications, as well as multinational business strategies, from exporting to foreign direct investment, as well as economic, political, and cultural influences on the international marketplace.

School Finance Law

This course examines the legal framework for school finance law.  Case law will be examined and applied to legal problems that confront chief school business officials. Students will explore the affect of school finance legal decisions on protected classes such as low income, special education and ELL students.  Lastly, the course will explore the affect of school finance legal decisions on student achievement.

School Business Management Internship I & II

Academic, 16-week, semester long clinical experiences at the K12 level, requiring extensive, intensive and diverse assignments including school business management policies required for Illinois CSBO Licensure.  Prerequisite:  Department approval.

Seminar in Higher Education (EDU 6015)

In addition to the base program curriculum, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Course Description

This course will serve as an introduction to the U.S.-based higher education learning environment. Students will work to understand Concordia University Chicago’s academic conventions, technological systems and communication culture while developing English grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

The Seminar in Higher Education is an excellent opportunity for students to further develop critical skills to help them to be successful in their academic program. This 3-credit course is mandatory for international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus. 

Course Objectives

  • Developing knowledge about local and academic culture
  • Building grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Conducting graduate-level research with the use of electronic and library resources
  • Developing note-taking strategies for coursework
  • Reflecting on the U.S.-based education system

Academic support for work in students’ current coursework will also be provided during or after class. Guest speakers include representatives from the campus library, writing center and technology services.

Student feedback for the Seminar in Higher Education

  • After taking the Seminar, I have the ability to perform more professionally in my assignments.

  • The instructor was very dynamic and a good listener. He gave feedback and made sure all the students understood.

  • The hands-on activities after the lessons helped my learning experience.

  • The professor truly cares for the students. He helps students individually and encourages us to support our peers.


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