Concordia University Chicago provides a specialization in school business management with and without an Illinois Chief School Business Official (CSBO) Management endorsement. The information below is only for candidates who do not already have a graduate degree. (If you have a graduate degree, please click here to be directed to the appropriate program in the Department of Leadership.)

Learning Objectives

By pursuing a CSBO, you will gain a solid foundation in school business administration. You will acquire skills in budgeting, facilities management, human resources, public relations, and legal issues that are required to be a successful administrator. Included in the curriculum are six hours of clinical experience as required by the State of Illinois to be eligible for the CSBO endorsement.

Proficiency Exam Requirements for CSBO

In order to obtain a CSBO endorsement, students will be required to show evidence that they have taken and passed both the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) and the CSBO content test #185.

Admission Requirements

No App Fee, No GRE Required


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

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

Career Possibilities

  • Chief financial officer
  • Function specialists: transportation, facilities, accounting
  • Human resource director
  • Chief operations officer
  • School administrator
  • Superintendent
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Last updated February 7, 2019
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