MBA, Chief School Business Official Specialization
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Develop the Skills for Educational Leadership with an MBA from Concordia University Chicago

Educational leaders play a vital role in society. They work not only to ensure that schools operate efficiently, but also that they provide students with the best education possible. Leaders with a foundation in theory, practical knowledge and strong ethics—particularly those with a master’s in education—are in demand in educational systems everywhere.

At the same time, today’s education leaders face a complex set of financial, regulatory and administrative issues. Earning an MBA with a Chief School Business Official Specialization from Concordia University Chicago prepares graduates with the strategies and tactics needed to meet these challenges.

This on-campus or 100% online MBA program is designed for professionals who aspire to work in influential leadership roles within the educational system. The Chief School Business Official Specialization helps students:

  • Master the knowledge needed to excel in today’s complicated educational system.
  • Develop practical skills related to educational budgeting, facilities management, human resources, public relations, and administrative and legal issues.
  • Gain professional insights during a school business management internship
  • Prepare to take the tests required for Illinois CSBO Management endorsement.
Take the Next Step in Your Education Career with an MBA

Concordia University Chicago offers a variety of specialized MBA degrees in many disciplines and industries, including options for students interested in earning a master’s in education. The online MBA with a Chief School Business Official Specialization is designed for professionals who wish to move into educational leadership roles.

This online MBA degree includes many of the courses featured in the core MBA degree program, plus four additional courses in specialized school management topics as well as a two-semester, six-credit internship opportunity:

  • Managing and Leading Effective Organizations
  • Ethics, Law and Communication in Decision Making
  • Global Marketing in the Digital Era
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Economics for Management
  • Entrepreneurialism & Innovation
  • Managing Human Capital
  • Global Management
  • School Funding Accounting & Budgeting
  • School Evaluation & Change
  • Principles of School Business Management
  • School Finance Law
  • School Business Management Internship I and II
Degree Program Specifications

The 42-credit MBA with a Chief School Business Official Specialization includes 36 hours of online coursework and a six-credit internship opportunity. The academic calendar features three 16-week semesters per year, with each semester comprised of two consecutive eight-week terms. Depending on whether students opt for a standard or accelerated degree plan, this online master’s in education program can be completed in one or two years. Students also have the option to pursue an Illinois CSBO Management endorsement, which is highly recommended for those who plan to work in Illinois.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the online accounting MBA degree program at Concordia University Chicago, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Complete and submit all required admission materials as follows:

  • Objective Statement – Write a brief statement outlining your education and career goals and explain how an MBA degree from Concordia University Chicago will help you fulfill those objectives.
  • Official Transcripts – Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution that has granted you a degree. Full admission requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better for bachelor’s degrees and 3.00 or higher for a master’s degrees.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Send two letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to comment on your academic proficiency, professional competencies and personal character.
  • Professional Resume – Provide a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, including relevant work experience, degrees, certifications, and skills.

International applicants may be required to submit additional supporting materials, such as proof of English language proficiency and a foreign transcript evaluation from an approved credentialing service.

There is no application fee and no GRE requirement to apply for the online MBA program at Concordia University Chicago.

Chief School Business Official Endorsement

Students who enroll in the Chief School Business Official MBA specialization are eligible to earn an Illinois Chief School Business Official (CSBO) Management endorsement. The university’s curriculum adheres to state-mandated requirements for endorsement, including six credit hours of clinical experience. Students must also pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) and CSBO content test #185 to attain endorsement. 

Illinois CSBO endorsement is an optional component of the specialized MBA program; students from other states and countries can complete their online MBA degrees without pursuing endorsement. However, those who intend to work in Illinois may find that CSBO endorsement provides an advantage when applying for leadership positions at educational institutions and school systems throughout the state.

MBA, Chief School Business Official Specialization: 42 Credit Degree Program


Chief School Business Official Specialization Courses 

Credit hours

   

Managing and Leading Effective Organizations

3

Ethics, Law & Communication in Decision Making

3

Global Marketing in the Digital Era

3

Organizational Behavior

3

Economics for Management

3

Entrepreneurialism & Innovation

3

School Funding Accounting & Budgeting

3

Managing Human Capital (HR, HCM, Global Teams)

3

School Evaluation & Change

3

Principles of School Business Management

3

School Business Management Internship I

3

Global Management

3

School Finance Law

3

School Business Management Internship II

3

Career Outlook for Educational Leaders

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects an 8% increase in employment of school principals between 2016 and 2026, and a 10% increase in employment of postsecondary education administrators.

A master’s degree in education is often required for leadership and administrative roles in the education system, along with prior teaching or administrative experience. An MBA degree with an education specialization demonstrates that graduates are knowledgeable in business theory and education system challenges, making them uniquely prepared for administrative roles.

Earning an online MBA with an education specialization prepares graduates for a variety of leadership and administration positions, including:

  • Elementary, Middle or High School Principal
  • Development Director
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • School System Administrator
  • Superintendent

Salaries vary depending on the position. According to BLS data from May 2017, the median pay for school principals was $94,390 and the median salary for postsecondary education administrators was $92,360. The top 10% of principals earned more than $140,780 per year and the top 10% of postsecondary administrators earned over $182,150 annually.

As these job growth numbers and earnings potential illustrate, qualified educational leaders remain in demand. Earning an online MBA with a Chief School Business Official Specialization from Concordia University Chicago will prepare you for educational leadership roles and a career that focuses on providing the best education possible for all students.

Tuition and Financial Aid

If there is no interruption in your course of study at Concordia University Chicago, you are guaranteed there will be no increase in tuition rates. Contact us to confirm the current tuition and fees for this online MBA degree. Students who enroll in the online MBA program as a degree candidate are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

Active-duty military service members, veterans and eligible dependents can take advantage of financial programs available to assist in paying for a college education. For more information, please visit the active-duty/veterans website.

Contact Information

Megan Radel
Concordia University Chicago
Student Recruitment Manager

708-328-6375
Online.info@CUChicago.edu

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