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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 certificate 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.

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    School Business Management – 5008 License Certification

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    The online graduate certificate in School Business Management 5008 License Certification is a 24-credit program. This program can be started in the spring, summer or fall terms, and at a pace that works best for you. Full-time students can finish in as little as one year.

    For a comprehensive overview of the program structure and required courses, please refer to the Graduate Catalog

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    To qualify for admission to the online certificate program, you must meet graduate admission criteria.

    Deadlines vary by term and are subject to change without notice. Accurate and up-to-date admission deadlines can be found on the graduate admission deadlines website.

    Additional requirements for admission to the School Business Management with DPI 5008 License Certificate online certificate program:

    • Complete a background check through ViewPoint. Instructions can be found here

    All requirements can be submitted during the application process.

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

    International students must meet additional criteria and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for information and assistance.

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    This graduate program at UW-Whitewater are a superior value at $695 USD per credit for the 2024-25 academic year — whether  you are a Wisconsin resident, an out-of-state student, or international student within the major. Additional fees and non-resident tuition may apply to other courses. Visit the Tuition and Fees webpage for complete information.

    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 a 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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    Like to learn more about degree options through UW-Whitewater School of Graduate Studies? There are a few ways you can get the information you need.

    Visit our information sessions website to select a virtual information session related to the program you are interested in.

    You can also fill out a request for information to connect with an advisor who can discuss your goals and help guide you to the right program to pursue your dreams.

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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.

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