School Business and Human Resource Administration, AC

Our advanced certificate in school business and human resource administration (SBHRA) is for you if you are an assistant principal, principal or district-level administrator seeking to expand your knowledge and understanding of school business and human resource administration. This program will provide you with skills that you can apply to your present position or in preparation for a possible promotion.

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Why School Business and Human Resource Administration at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • assignments that are field based and highly practical
  • full-time faculty with extensive, school-related experience in human resources and school finance
  • personalization of the program to meet your needs if you are not employed in PreK-12 schools
  • preparing current administrators for a more active policy-related role at the district level

Program Options

This 15 credit hour, online advanced certificate program is primarily intended for current assistant principals, principals and district level administrators seeking to expand and deepen their knowledge and understanding of school business and human resources administration.

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate (AC)
Credits required for completion 15
Time to completion 2 years
Course delivery Online
Career opportunities To enhance the skills of current building and district level administrators, preparing them to take a more active role at the district level
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall: April 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

Required Coursework

Required Courses (15 credits)

ELP 605 Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration
ELP 629 Human Resources Administration in Education
ELP 642 Governance and Policy for School Leaders
ELP 646 School Business Administration
ELP 649 Public School Finance

Optional Courses

ELP 638 Leading and Managing People
ELP 643 Reforming Teacher Compensation
ELP 691 Advanced Issues in School Business Administration

Depending on interest and enrollment, ELP 605: Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration may be offered in a hybrid format in order to allow students to participate in a five week "mock negotiations" experience.

The current schedule is subject to change.

Application Requirements

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0 
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50 
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.