Wilkes' Master's Program

Wilkes University Masters Degree School Business Leadership

The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) has partnered with Wilkes University to develop a Masters Degree specifically for school business professionals. The Master of Science degree with a concentration in School Business Leadership (SBL) consists of ten courses (30 credits). These courses address specific topics crucial for succeeding in today’s school business environment and are available for graduate or continuing education credit.


Courses can serve two purposes

Courses are designed to provide advanced training for practicing school business personnel. The courses also serve to provide a preparation track for qualified individuals who are seeking positions in the area of school business. It is recommended that individuals either have background experience or participate in the PASBO Elements program. Individuals should follow the course of study outlined below.

Required Courses

  • SBL 501 Public Relations and School Communications 
  • SBL 502 School Facility Management 
  • SBL 503 Financial Operations of School Districts 
  • SBL 504 Financial Planning & Management for School Business 
  • SBL 505 Human Resources in Education 
  • SBL 506 Materials Management in Schools 
  • SBL 507 Information Technology in Education 
  • SBL 508 Student Transportation 
  • SBL 509 Food Service in Education 
  • SBL 510 Leadership for School Business (Capstone)



Graduate Admission

For admission to this graduate program, the applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an appropriate major. Prospective candidates follow application guidelines as outlined in the most current Wilkes University Graduate Bulletin.

Continuing Education Students

Students interested in taking courses for continuing education credits need only submit an initial processing fee with their first course registration. People who do not possess a bachelor's degree are only eligible for continuing education credits. Courses that are taken for CPE credit cannot be converted to graduate credit at a later time.

Delivery Method

Recognizing that school business personnel lead a hectic and sometimes unpredictable schedule, Wilkes University has designed the courses in an online format. The online format allows individuals to access course materials at a time that is convenient and provides a high level of interactivity with instructors and classmates.

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