The School Business Management Certificate is a hybrid program with study being 85% online and 15% in-person – depending on the Department of Health Mandates.


The 2022–23 program will begin with an in-person Boot Camp experience (if permitted by the Health Department), which will take place on Thursday, July 28, 2022–Saturday, July 30, 2022 on USC’s campus.

In mid-January (specific dates TBD), the class will convene online to virtually attend the Governor’s Budget Workshop sponsored by School Services of California, Inc. The session focuses on getting ready for the Capstone Project, which is the summative assessment activity of the program. The mid-year meeting is an integral part of the program, it is currently scheduled to take place in a face-to-face setting.

The program concludes with a 2 1/2 day in-person Capstone event to be held on June 15–17, 2023. This is when you will give your final project presentation as well as receive personal coaching on your resume preparation and your interviewing skills. A ceremony celebrating the culmination of the program is held and families are invited to attend.

*ALL face-to-face meetings described above will be contingent upon the Department of Health orders and the University’s policies for in person events.

Online Schedule

You will work in online learning environments that support both live and self-paced learning. You should plan to spend approximately 8-10 hours per week during the weeks that connect your in-person sessions. Your live sessions are held most Mondays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Your group and individual assignments have deadlines that can be completed at your pace.