Jul 18, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 29 
ACE Catalog - Volume 29 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Business Administration, M.Ed.

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Program Description

The M.Ed. in Educational Business Administration emerges in response to the critical demand for increased fiscal and ethical accountability to improve learning amid changing economic conditions on a local, national, and global scale. Designed for those seeking to possess or enhance business and leadership skills utilized in an educational setting, the program blends financial and operational insight with the foundations of effective learning environments for continuous improvement and sustainable growth. Students pursuing senior administrative roles are presented with opportunities to build the expertise that will assist them in navigating educational environments and making data-driven financial and operational decisions - while maximizing resources utilizing sound business strategies and practices. Framed by the standards from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), the program leverages multiple perspectives to prepare strategic leaders for a variety of settings, including public, charter, and private schools, community colleges, and other educational institutions or learning organizations.

Program Outcomes

  1. Employ evidence-based strategies to collect, organize, assess, and disseminate appropriate data necessary to support responsible fiscal and organizational decision making in the use of resources. 
  2. Analyze and evaluate procedures established to measure operational and strategic benchmarks to remain aligned to ethical, evidence-based business practices identified by research to improve overall efficiency. 
  3. Engage in the pursuit of relevant intellectual understanding related to critical aspects of managing human resources and relationships to resolve conflicts, supporting problem solving, and maximizing the benefits of diverse thoughts. 
  4. Effectively communicate the mission and vision of the organization. 
  5. Utilize collaborative team building to strengthen professional relationships and facilitate strategic planning to improve institutional effectiveness. 
  6. Apply legal, ethical, and policy constraints and principles to financial and business operations to ensure the highest values of social interaction within the climate, culture, and diversity of learning environments. 
  7. Implement appropriate practices, using skills, concepts, and expertise in building and sustaining technology-enhanced, ethically managed facilities that promote the academic and social success of individuals. 
  8. Demonstrate sound leadership principles in managing financial resources, including budget planning, auditing, and reporting on institutional operations through the use of technology. 
  9. Analyze contributing economic factors related to the development, delivery, and evaluation of instruction including professional development, program changes, and continuous improvement. 

Focus of Study Options

Educational Entrepreneurship

Traditional schools and institutions are expanding into new options for learning, including charter and home schools, virtual environments, and unique delivery approaches yet to be developed.  This focus of study investigates strategic innovations and learning environments as an aspect of creative entrepreneurship needed for today’s schools.

Human Resources

Education is a human endeavor. Employment law ensures protection for employers and employees, from principals to teachers and supporting staff.  This focus of study applies fundamentals of human resources to practices in hiring and supporting those who work for an educational institution.

Information Systems

Technology is a way of life in the 21st century.  Information is gathered, stored, processed for reports and retrieved from data warehouses to be analyzed and acted upon by decision-makers.  The quality of the information is critical for effective action in face-to-face environments and in the virtual world of content delivery.

School Business Official

Designed to support school business personnel, this focus of study the financial side of school administration by exploring the variables found in funding and the ethical constraints needed for the accounting of funds. Facilities define the educational space often requiring maintenance and expansion as enrollment grows. 

Course List (35 Total Semester Credits)

Research Courses (3 Semester Credits)

Choose a Three-Course Focus of Study (9 Semester Credits)

Optional Internship Courses, taken as a Student-at-Large after graduation, if needed


  • This program is neither designed nor approved (as of the publication date of this Catalog) to prepare students for licensure, certification, or endorsement in any state.
  • Check availability in your state on the Programs by State section of the ACE website.

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