Northern Illinois University Partnership Program

For those seeking a master’s degree, Northern Illinois University has become the quintessential training ground in the state for school business leaders! Students in the School Business Management program benefit from all NIU has to offer, plus an expansive pool of expertise and resources through Illinois ASBO student membership. Those who already have their master’s degree and meet the requirements can complete school business related coursework and an internship to earn their Chief School Business Official Endorsement.

Every student will exit the program with the breadth and depth of experience that is required to be successful in this growing educational leadership field. Learn more about a career in school business management.

Key Benefits:

  • Study the many facets of school business administration — from financial planning and budgeting, to collective bargaining, safety and security and community relations.
  • Take your career higher or train staff to take on a new role— including Chief Financial Officer, Director of Operations or Assistant Superintendent for Business.
  • Nationally recognized faculty and instructors — experienced in both theory and practice.
  • Real world experience — through a 300-hour internship overseen by practicing school business officials already serving in Illinois schools.
  • A network of over 2200 school business professionals — plus free registration to seminars and the Annual Conference, indispensable publications as well as other Illinois ASBO membership benefits.

Due to this unique partnership, students enrolled in these programs will automatically become members of Illinois ASBO and receive all of the benefits afforded practicing school business officials in Illinois.

Learn More About Illinois ASBO Membership


The Most Significant Decision of My Career

The School Business Management program was the launching point for my career in education administration. The instructors were all current or former administrators that helped our cohort understand both the theoretical and the practical, all while helping us build our professional network. Starting with this program at NIU has been the most significant decision of my career."

– Dr. Kristopher P. Monn, Superintendent, Minooka CCSD 201