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    School Business Management – 5008 License Certification

    Earning certification can earn you more.

    Expand your school district career options or assist with your knowledge of your district’s finances by adding on the Wisconsin DPI 5008 license as a school business official.  The online School Business Management graduate certification is designed to allow working professionals with a master’s or other advanced degree to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills of a practicing school business manager.  The coursework will cover areas of school finance and accounting, budgeting, management, auxiliary services, and negotiations.  Those applicants who already possess advanced degrees in educational administration may be eligible to transfer in up to 9 credits toward the 24 credits required.  A 3-credit internship is required covering a portfolio of competencies that can be completed at a current or other school district.

    Why UW-Whitewater Online?

    • Only 100% online program in the state
    • Asynchronous program lets you learn day or night
    • Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) aligned curriculum

    Fully Online

    No requirements to come to campus.


    Many graduates hired before completion


    Enhance your knowledge base and expand your career.

    School Business Management – 5008 License Certification

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    The courses required for the School Business Management – 5008 License Certification online graduate certificate include:

    Required Courses (24 credits)

    • SCHBUSMG 770: School Finance & Accounting (3 credits)
    • SCHBUSMG 771: School Business Management Techniques (3 credits)
    • SCHBUSMG 772: Legal Aspects of Education (3 credits)
    • SCHBUSMG 774: School Budgeting & Financial Planning (3 credits)
    • SCHBUSMG 777: School Auxiliary Services (3 credits)
    • SCHBUSMG 778: Internship in School Business Managment  (3 credits)
    • SCHBUSMG 781: School Comm. Relations in a Diverse Society (3 credits)
    • SCHBUSMG 782: Negotiations & Conflict Resolution (3 credits)

    NOTES: These credits can be applied toward the Master of Science in Education in School Business Management degree. An additional 2-credit course in Financial Accounting may be required if no evidence of previous academic knowledge or work experience in accounting.

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    No GMAT or GRE exams required.

    To qualify for admission to the certificate program, students must have a master's degree from a recognized institution and meet graduate admission criteria.

    If you do not meet the graduate admission criteria, please email us to determine if you could be admitted on a conditional basis.

    A foundational course in financial accounting is required before enrolling in school finance courses. Students with no prior academic accounting background or experience will be required to take this pre-requisite or Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) accounting course either at the graduate or undergraduate level. However, an accounting course taken for graduate credit does not count towards the 24-credit certificate requirement.

    To ensure the program is compliant with Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 34 for Teacher Education Program Approval and Licensing as updated August 2018, all applicants must undergo a criminal background check (PI 34.018).

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    This graduate program at UW-Whitewater are a superior value at $678 USD per credit for the 2023-24 academic year — whether  you are a Wisconsin resident, an out-of-state student, or international student.

    If you compare our graduate tuition to others, you will find that this per-credit price is quite reasonable. Visit the Tuition and Fees webpage for complete information.

    What creates this value?

    • Full-time faculty with doctoral degrees teach all classes.
    • All faculty complete specific training for online teaching.
    • Faculty lectures are recorded in a state-of-the-art media studio and included with each course.
    • An external team reviews online courses.
    • High levels of student/faculty interaction are standard.
    • Helpdesk technical staff are dedicated to assisting graduate students with online technology.

    Course materials
    Graduate students can purchase textbooks and other instructional materials through the University Bookstore or elsewhere online. Students should verify what materials are needed with their instructor.

    Financial aid

    Students enrolled in the Graduate certificate program only are not eligible for federal aid. 

    Students completing a certificate with a degree program may be eligible for financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, or employment. All of these make up a “Financial Aid Package” and may be offered singly or in various combinations. Since funds are limited, priority for aid is based on financial need and how promptly applications are filed. To find out, or if you have other financial aid questions, contact the financial aid staff person assigned to you or try uwwfao@uww.edu or 262-472-1130.

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    The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers an excellent opportunity to leverage your existing certificate coursework. 

    Transfer up to 12-credits of your certificate coursework towards the master's degree, saving you time and money.

    Check out our Master's programs.