M.Sc. On Campus

School Business Management

Northern Illinois University

24 months
849 USD/credit 16555 USD/year
492 USD/credit 9594 USD/year
492 USD/credit 9594 USD/year
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Through the Northern Illinois University School Business Management program, you'll gain the necessary knowledge to become a top-level school business official, finance officer or administrator. Your focus on internship and field experience will build upon your course work, earning you the leadership skills and educational requirements.


This School Business Management program is intended to prepare persons to serve as school business managers. Students, under the direction of an adviser, will plan a program of studies which will include course work, internship, and field experiences directly related to the school business management function in elementary and secondary, or college educational systems. It is not necessary to have an educator license to apply for this program.

A student who completes the M.S.Ed. in school business management will satisfy the educational requirements for the chief school business official endorsement to the Type 75 Illinois Administrative License. Program flexibility permits elective courses which may be applied toward meeting minimal educational requirements for the general administrative endorsement.

Why NIU?

Each year, Northern Illinois University welcomes more than 5,000 graduate students from around the world to our vibrant community. We invite you to join us. Explore our wide range of graduate degrees and certificates. Our programs will advance your education and your career, and you'll have outstanding opportunities for research, innovation and hands-on learning.

Our university and individual programs of study rank nationally year after year. NIU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies NIU as a High Research Activity University.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • School Business Management
  • Accounting, Statement Analysis, and Budgeting
  • Financial Planning and School Budgeting
  • Advanced School Fund Accounting and Budgeting
  • Educational Organization and Administration: Principles, Concepts, and Structure
  • Education Finance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


39 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed a four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or one with equivalent recognition.
  • Achieved a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.00 scale, or the equivalent.
  • If you received a three-year degree awarded through the Bologna process in Europe or a three-year Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration awarded in India, you are eligible to apply (provided you are seeking admission to the MBA or OMIS program).
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Test scores (if required).
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (optional)
  • Additional materials required by your program.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16555 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 849 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    9594 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 492 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9594 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 492 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for DeKalb

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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