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This MBA with a concentration of chief school business official (CSBO) provides the business fundamentals needed to lead and manage in today’s increasingly complex educational institutions. This distinctive program is appropriate for educational professionals preparing for the Chief School Business Official endorsement exam. The curriculum has the clinical experience of six credit hours of internship built in the program as required by the State of Illinois to be eligible for the CSBO endorsement. You will learn specific skills for an educational administrator related to budgeting, facilities management, human resources, public relations, and legal issues. By pursuing an MBA with a concentration of chief school business official, you will gain a solid foundation in school administration.
Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program one class at a time, in a predetermined sequence.
Total Credit Hours: 39
These classes are available in the classroom or online.
Introduction of key financial accounting concepts. Analysis of a firm’s historical, current and prospective financial condition and performance. Emphasis on investment and credit decision.
Developing and evaluating brand strategies over the life of the product. Strategies for introducing brands and reviving brands. Includes basic marketing principles of product, price, promotion, environment and customer.
Focus on basic microeconomic principles of the firm and relevance in business decisions. Covers supply and demand and its relationship to market outcomes and economic determinants of consumption, savings, and labor behavior.
Basic statistical concepts and analytical tools for data driven decision making. Introduction to concepts of frequency, distribution, variation and normal curve correlations with application to business decisions.
Decision making, negotiations and ethics. Cultural impact on management strategy. Create value, motivate resources, leading and creating high performance teams. Integrating performance across business units.
Focus on creation of money, function and roles of financial institutions, fiscal and monetary policy and the Federal Reserve system. Covers economic theory of financial markets and impact of government policies, determinants of national income, employment, investment, interest rates, inflation and exchange rates.
This class is available in the classroom or online.
Analyze policies in human resource management and organizational design, recruitment, selection hiring, development promotion and incentive based pay.
Accounting information used in decision-making. Why firms are adopting activity based costing, economic value added and balanced scorecard decision models. Budgeting, cash flow and incremental analysis.
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.
This course examines the legal framework for school districts in Illinois. Case law will be examined and applied to legal problems that confront school administrators.
Examination application of school program and curricular evaluation processes to school improvement. Examination and application of change processes and interventions.
Public values, policy issues, specialized terminology and practical problems associated with the generation, distribution and internal allocation and control of education revenues and expenditures.
An academic, semester long clinical experience at the K–12 level, requiring extensive, intensive and diverse assignments including school business management policies.
Internships will include:
Students can choose from the following class formats:
MBA courses are $690 per credit hour. Most courses are worth three credits. Thirty-nine credits are required to complete the MBA program. Payment is due at the start of each term. Financial aid is available.
Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program one class at a time, in a predetermined sequence. This collaborative environment accelerates learning and builds strong peer relationships that last a lifetime. We also host occasional networking events for our MBAs, which allows them to interact with other cohorts and alumni.
We facilitate a close working relationship between students and faculty. Group work is often part of the curriculum, which helps prepare students to work collaboratively in the business world. Student discussion is encouraged as the MBAs learn from each other’s diverse backgrounds.
At the end of the program, students will complete a capstone course. This class integrates the knowledge and skills gained from the MBA courses and applies them to a real business environment. Students will work as a team to solve an authentic business challenge.