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School Business and Human Resources Administration, AGC

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Why School Business and Human Resources Administration?

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:

  • Most courses are taught by full time faculty with extensive, school related, experience in human resources and/or school finance;
  • Assignments are largely field based and highly practical; and
  • All courses are divided into multiple units and are structured to encourage informed discussions around specific topics.

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.

Application Requirements

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 semesters.

Applicants must submit:

  • An online application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
  • Three recommendation letters.  On the application you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing you a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application.

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.

Supporting Documentation

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.


Program Requirements

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.

What is the Time Commitment?

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.

Learn More

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.

University Computing Standards

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.