School Business Management

Choose from an M.S.Ed., a certificate or an expedited program resulting in the Chief School Business Official (CSBO) endorsement.

About the Program

Our online programs lead to the ISBE Chief School Business Official (CSBO) endorsement and are intended to prepare you with the knowledge and skills to serve as a school business manager. Our state-approved programs are offered in partnership with the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (Illinois ASBO) which means you’ll learn from nationally recognized faculty and instructors who are steeped in theory and practice. It is not necessary to have an educator license to apply.

Program Options

  • 39-credit hour master’s degree
  • 33-credit hour certification-only program
  • Expedited route for students with a master’s degree in business administration, finance or accountancy who are currently working in a business-related role within a school district and have at least one year of full-time experience in their current role.

Program Mode of Delivery

More than 75 percent of instruction is offered by distance education. Each course in the program requires students to attend two face-to-face sessions at NIU Naperville.


You will take classes in topics relevant to your work including management, administration, budgeting and bargaining.  Information about specific coursework required can be found in the NIU course catalog.

Applying to the Program

Contact David Snow ( to apply to any of the programs.

Application Deadlines

Internationals Living Abroad Applicants Residing in the U.S. Priority Consideration
Fall  May 1 July 15 April 1
Spring October 1 December 10 October 1
Summer N/A April 15 March 1


Brad Hawk, Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator

Wayne RiesenInternship Coordinator


Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Blended M.S.Ed.
College: College of Education, Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations
Credits Required: 
M.S.Ed.: 39
Certificate: 33
Expedited: varies
Cost Per Credit: $445 (Learn more)


Contact David Snow, Program Advisor at or 815-753-1465.