MBA, School Business Management Specialization
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Become a Leader in Education with an MBA in School Business Management

Around the world, people have come to recognize the importance of education in improving lives. The work done by school administrators plays a major role in delivering quality education to students everywhere. Yet education leaders face many complex challenges, including financial, legal, regulatory and staffing concerns.

Educational administrators require advanced expertise to address and resolve these challenges while navigating the day-to-day responsibilities of running a school. Earning an online MBA with a School Business Management Specialization from Concordia University Chicago prepares graduates for advancement while improving educational and business outcomes.

This 100% online MBA in school business management allows busy teachers and administrators to pursue a graduate business degree on their own schedule. The online MBA in school management program will help students:

  • Develop the knowledge and skills needed to oversee and improve a complex educational system.
  • Gain a solid foundation in business fundamentals and explore their practical applications in an educational setting.
  • Master key concepts in educational budgeting, facilities management, human resources, public relations, and administrative and legal issues.
  • Prepare for the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) certification program.
Take the Next Step in Your Education Management Career with an Online 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 management. The online MBA with a School Business Management Specialization is designed for professionals who aspire to transition into or advance within education leadership roles.

This online MBA degree includes many of the courses featured in the core MBA degree program, plus four additional courses that focus on specialized school management topics:

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

Students must complete 36 hours of online coursework to earn an MBA with a School Business Management Specialization from Concordia University Chicago. 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, the online MBA in school business management program can be completed in one or two years.

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 essay 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 3.0 or higher for 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. For full requirements, visit the Admission & Tuition page. 

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

MBA, School Business Management Specialization: 36 Credit Degree Program

Total Core MBA Credits – 36

School Business Management Specialization Courses

Semester 1

Managing and Leading Effective Organizations

MBAC 6000      3 credit hours 

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

MBAC 6050     3 credit hours

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.

Semester 2

Global Marketing in the Digital Era

MBAC 6100      3 credit hours

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

MBAC 6150      3 credit hours

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.

Semester 3

Economics for Management

MBAC 6200     3 credit hours

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

MBAC 6250      3 credit hours

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.

Semester 4

School Funding Accounting & Budgeting

MBAM 6705     3 credit hours

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)

MBAC 6350     3 credit hours

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.

Semester 5

School Evaluation & Change

MBAM 6715    3 credit hours

The examination and application of school program and curricular evaluation processes to school improvement. Also an examination and application of change processes and interventions.

Principles of School Business Management

MBAM 6700   3 credit hours

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.

Semester 6

Global Management

MBAC 6500   3 credit hours

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

MBAM 6710  3 credit hours

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.

Career Outlook for Educational Leaders

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts an 8% increase in employment of school principals through 2026, as well as a 10% increase in employment of postsecondary education administrators.

According to the BLS, principals and postsecondary administrators typically require a master’s degree as well as previous teaching or administrative experience. An MBA degree with a specialization in school business management demonstrates that graduates are knowledgeable in education system challenges and business theory, and therefore well prepared to take on administration leadership positions.

Earning an online MBA in school business management 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 in this field will vary depending on the position and location. As of May 2017, BLS data indicates the median annual 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.

Qualified educational leaders are always in demand. Earning an online MBA with a School Business Management Specialization from Concordia University Chicago prepares graduates for educational leadership positions that will enable them to play an influential role in designing the next generation of educational programs.

Tuition & 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 the online MBA in school business management. 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 our website.

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Concordia University Chicago
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