This 15 credit hour, online, Advanced Graduate 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. The program may also be of interest to anyone who is considering applying to the UB Graduate School of Education (GSE) doctoral program in Education Administration.
Students enrolled in a GSE master's, certification, or doctoral program, and other candidates possessing a master's degree in a related field may apply to this program.
Features of the program include:
Assignments can be structured for students who are not employed in PreK-12 schools but may be interested in learning more about human resources, collective bargaining or school finance.
This Advanced Certificate is currently not intended to be used as a pre-service program for individuals seeking New York State Education Department Certification. Individuals interested in pursuing certification as school leader (building/SBL, district/SDL, or school business/SDBL) are encouraged to apply to the Leadership Initiative For Tomorrow’s Schools (LIFTS) at the University at Buffalo.
Potential students will be selected on the basis of compatibility between their goals and the coursework offered in the program. Students will also have to demonstrate sufficient verbal and written English proficiency to participate meaningfully in graduate level lectures and seminars.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the
year, and students may begin the program during the fall or spring
Applicants must submit:
GREs are NOT required for this program.
Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name. If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.
All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.
This program is comprised of five courses for a total of 15
credit hours. All courses seek to blend theory and best practice
with extensive hands-on, in the field learning. The tentative
schedule is as follows:
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
Transfer credit, which is subject to approval by the program’s director, is limited to one, three-hour graduate course, completed at an accredited institution within the last five years.
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.
Online courses traditionally require a minimum of 9 to 12 hours of dedicated study outside of participation in the virtual classroom, so it is important that you take into consideration other personal and professional commitments as you pursue your coursework.
The following UB faculty as well as adjunct Assistant Professors
with extensive experience in shcool business and/or human resources
experience teach in this program.
The School Business and Human Resources Administration AGC program is just one of many programs within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo.
All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.
Clinical Associate Professor and Program Coordinator SBHRA and LIFTS
484 Baldy Hall Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: (716) 645-1099
Office of Admissions and Student Services