Master of Education
Educational Business Administration

Total cost:

$9,775 View Tuition Details

Application due date for January 9, 2023 term: January 6

Estimated time to completion: 18 Months

Take your career further.

The Master of Education in Educational Business Administration program was designed for those who want to develop business and leadership skills in an educational setting. Framed by the standards from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), the program prepares strategic leaders for senior administrative positions in a variety of settings including public, charter, and private schools, as well as community colleges and other educational institutions or learning organizations.


in the nation for most master's degrees conferred in education overall.*

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What you can expect.

  • Relevant Coursework All classes were designed with the future senior educational administrator in mind and will teach you how to use data to make strategic and operational decisions for an educational organization.
  • Customizable Specialize your degree with the Focus of Study that best fits your interests and career goals.
  • Flexible Study on your schedule. Our online format allows you to plan your coursework around your life.
  • Well-Rounded Approach Educational leaders need to be well-versed in diverse areas of leadership and administrative skills. This program meets this need by including classes in finance, human resources, data analytics, risk management, and leadership.

Choose your focus of study.

Nine of your semester credits will specialize in a focus area of your choice. View the College Catalog for full descriptions.

You also have the option of customizing this program by selecting a General Track and choosing the zero courses that best fit your needs.

  • Educational Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • School Business Official

A few of the classes you'll take.

  • RES5153 Research Methods 3 semester credits
  • EBUS5203 Management of Financial Resources 3 semester credits
  • LEAD5223 Cultural Leadership 3 semester credits
Marc Aguilera, Ed.D.

Department Chair

Marc Aguilera, Ed.D.
Chair, Business,
Department of Business
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American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs, in education, healthcare, nursing and business and leadership through distance education via the Internet. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.

A Note About Licensure:

While this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended program outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. ACE offers several programs that do provide a pathway to licensure, certification, or endorsement and they can be found here.

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M.Ed. in Educational Business Administration

Total Tuition

35 semester credits
x $235 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$1,400 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost*


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Admission Requirements

M.Ed. in Educational Business Administration

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement, and the payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

M.Ed. in Educational Business Administration

  • Bachelor's or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 2.50 on a 4.00 Scale for full admission
  • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.00 on a 4.00 Scale for Provisional Admission
  • Applicants must achieve and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their program

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper or internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the internet-based version is 80, and the paper-based version requires a minimum TOEFL score of 20 for each of the three skills: Reading, Listening, and, Writing.

    • The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5. Note: IELTS is not acceptable for Texas programs leading to certification.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.
  3. Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit a minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C).


M.Ed. in Educational Business Administration

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 35 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Research Courses

(3 semester credits)

This course enables students to become informed consumers of research and to develop skills to prepare them to carry out action research in their professional organizations. An emphasis is placed on providing students with knowledge they can apply in determining whether particular research findings are relevant to their leadership and instructional practices and to distinguish between trustworthy and non-trustworthy research. The course places action research within the context of various types of research and examines research in terms of basic concepts and various purposes, methods, data, and paradigms. Emphasis is placed on how research can become a vital and relevant tool for professional practice.

Educational Business Courses

(17 semester credits)

Students are prepared to appropriately apply philosophy and school business theories to the educational environment. By tracing the historic role of laws in education and government, students examine how a school culture is established through the organization's vision, mission, and goals to optimize student learning. Transparency, ethics, inclusiveness, and equity play a vital part in understanding the importance of gaining buy-in and support from employees, boards, and community members.
Designed to explore fiscal and budget responsibilities, this course applies budgetary principles to interpret a range of funding and valuation models, including property tax levy. By analyzing the shifts in cash flow, students consider multiple theoretical approaches to effectively manage revenue sources, expenditures, budgetary constraints, and forecasts of resources, with respect to state and federal regulations. Emphasis is placed on the budget process including the support of technology resources, facilities, and applications as it relates to reporting the management and oversight of funds and financial services.
Designed to assist educational administrators in gaining knowledge and experience of legal and ethical standards, this course provides opportunities for students to explore aspects of benefits and payroll administration, employment law and labor relations when running an educational institution or organization. This course explores the techniques required to maintain an effective labor workforce and the ever-changing role of the human resources department. Concepts of recruitment and selection, hiring, staff and faculty development, compensation and benefits, conflict management, and legal aspects of human resource development are also examined.
This course assists students in gaining the knowledge, experience, and resources needed to appropriately analyze and report organizational data to ensure quality, equitable, and informed decisions. To efficiently manage organizational needs, students examine ways to use technology to maintain, and retrieve relevant data, and prepare various documents for the purpose of maximizing resources in a variety of educational settings.
This course establishes the legal foundation of public schooling by examining authority from constitutional through local governance. Issues related to school and public works law are examined in case studies focused on liabilities, disabilities, and facilities delivering educational services. This includes laws related to labor relationships and contract negotiations, and building and construction contracts.
This course develops leaders in a wide range of educational and organizational settings, who can effectively forecast and evaluate financial risks challenging their institutions. To avoid or minimize risk in a proactive manner, students learn to utilize analysis, avoidance, minimization, or elimination of undesirable threats to protect present and future organizational interests. Through the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks, students prepare to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and impact of negative events on an institution in a manner that does not detract from the institutional goals.
The Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout, and as a result of, studies related to Educational Business Administration.

Leadership Courses

(6 semester credits)

Ways to develop and sustain a thriving school culture are examined through the utilization of effective communication and collaboration strategies within and beyond the community. Governance strategies for ethical and legal policies, organizational development and optimization, and decision making are covered. Students explore ways in which their ethical code protects and ensures equity, fairness, tolerance, and respect in various educational and organizational cultures.
This course focuses on the impact of leaders in recognizing and promoting the power a system's culture has in establishing and maintaining the exemplary performance of an organization. Through the development of a shared vision and mission, distributed leadership practices, effective communication, and the use of data to inform decision making, students develop the knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, develop civic and global partnerships, and empower leadership skills in others to sustain or, perhaps, re-culture an organization.

Focus of Study

Customize this degree by choosing a three - course Focus of Study to fulfill the remaining nine semester credits.

Educational Entrepreneurship

In this course, students evaluate models, theories, and evidence-based best practices related to strategic management and innovation in educational entrepreneurship. Students learn the fundamentals of business planning and design, develop, and implement strategic models facilitating innovation and creativity to be used in diverse entrepreneurial endeavors.
Driven by organizational theory, this project-based course integrates aspects of sociology with adult learning theory to deliver on online option for staff or faculty development. Students identify a learning solution in response to an organizational problem. Utilizing research-based theories, principles, models, and practices, concepts related to application are tested to determine value and appropriate action.
As an introduction to foundational concepts of marketing, this course considers various perspectives from influencer to consumer. Marketing opportunities are explored for implementing strategic plans through the use of research and analysis. Students examine examples of brand development, positioning, and management of integrated marketing communications (IMC) campaigns, which can be highly beneficial for private and charter schools. Case studies and scenarios frame the examination of managed markets. The intersection of marketing with public and media relations is also explored.

Human Resources

A comprehensive course designed to provide students with the tools needed for successful management of the critical human resources functions, including employee relations, professional development, and conflict management. Students gain an understanding of the importance of employee performance and satisfaction to organizational culture. By providing fundamentals in managing all levels of the workforce, from professional development to conflict management and resolution, students will be confident administering evaluations, documentation, and disciplinary actions while becoming familiar with appropriate communication when managing difficult situations.
Through an in-depth look at employment law and managing risk, this course will give students the tools needed to navigate a collective bargaining contract, along with required contractual policies and procedures. Students will gain a deeper understanding of workplace compliance laws, while exploring the differences between employees and independent contractors.
This course thoroughly studies how human resources function as a strategic partner to all lines of business. Students will learn a multitude of skills ranging from the basic administration of personnel records, employee handbooks and policies, to the entire recruiting and hiring process. By providing a comprehensive study into compensation and benefits administration, students will leverage understanding of specific laws and regulations, including ACA regulations as these relate to payroll functions.

School Business Official

This course focuses on communicating the financial status of an educational organization or institution in alignment with governing policies and procedures. Applying sound accounting practices, students examine financial reporting, contractual services, cash flow analysis, purchases, investments, policies and procedures, and forecasting within the legal constraints established by state and federal agencies.
Based on the interdisciplinary study of business, operations, and facility management, this course effectively prepares students to coordinate people, budgets, infrastructure, logistics, spatial organization, purchasing, and other financial, material, and technological resources specific to educational settings. The concepts of operational efficiency, institutional resiliency, and contingency planning across departments is also explored to ensure academic continuity. The role of human resource management is considered with respect to communication, emergency planning, preparedness and recovery, environmental protection, property management, technology, and vendor management.
By investigating the underlying structures of economics through the application of econometrics, students apply theories to topics such as human capital, institutional finance, and educational technology. As economics grows more complex and critical, educational choice, public funding, and policy trends impact the education production function. The economics of education is explored from a cost-and-benefit perspective as students learn to navigate operational challenges, make data-driven financial decisions, and maximize capital resources utilizing sound principles of management.

General Track

(9 semester credits)

Any zero of courses from the courses above.