Master of Business Administration and School District Business Leader Advanced Certificate (MBA/SDBL)

CIP Code and description: 520201

The Master of Business Administration and School District Business Leader (MBA/SDBL) Advanced Certificate Program offers students an opportunity to acquire a combined graduate business degree and New York State Certification as a School District Business Leader. This is a joint program between the School of Education and the School of Business. Students must apply and be accepted into the Dowling MBA program and complete 18 graduate Business credits with a 3.0 GPA before taking any credits in the SDBL course of study. Students will complete 30 approved graduate credits in Business, 30 in Education and pass any state examination required for SDBL certification.

The Master of Business Administration /Advanced Certificate School District Business Leader (MBA/SDBL) Requirements (60 credits)

I. Required MBA Courses (24 credits)

FIN 6212 Financial Management
MGT 6220 Public Sector Economics
ACC 6241 Managerial Accounting
MKT 6252 Marketing Strategies
CIS 6261 Information Technology for Managers
MGT 6213 Public Finance
MGT 6233 Quantitative Methods for Public Decision Making
ACC 6242 Fund Accounting

II. Electives (6 credits)

MKT 6253 Not-For-Profit Marketing
MGT 6222 Government and Business

III. Required SDBL Courses (18 Credits)

EDE 8701 Educational Administration
EDE 8711 School Law
EDE 8737 School District Administrator
EDE 8738 Public School Finance and Budget
EDE 8748 Advanced School Business Leadership

IV. Electives (6 credits)

EDE 8721 Personnel Administration
EDE 8722 Supervision of Instruction
EDE 8731 Educational Research
EDE 8733 Educational Assessment
EDE 8736 Special Education Administration

V. Internship (6 credits)

EDE 8793 School District Business Leader Internship I
EDE 8794 School District Business Leader Internship II
(Prerequisites: fifty percent of required courses must be completed)

VI. Comprehensive Examination
All candidates who enroll must pass a digital portfolio comprehensive examination and the New York State license examination that is required.


NYS Certification Requirements:

  • You are required to complete 175 hours of professional development every 5 years.
  • You will need 3 years experience in leadership including a least one-year experience as a school leader to obtain professional certification.
  • You are required to complete the NYSTCE leadership assessment for the initial certification
  • Completion of Fingerprinting, workshops in school violence and intervention and in child abuse