Online Learning

Advance your career through virtual learning.

Learning Platform

  • Courses are taught in an online learning management system, which places greater responsibility on the learner than traditional professional development programs.
  • Classes are conducted asynchronously, so there is no single time each week when participants are required to be online.
  • Participants will connect and collaborate with each other through several forms of interactive media, including short videos and discussion boards.


  • Online courses range from 1 to 4 weeks as well as on demand (at your own pace) depending on the topic.
  • Participants should commit to spending approximately 3 to 5 hours on the class each week.*
  • Assignments for each week open on Monday morning, and should be completed by the following Sunday evening.*
  • Interaction is most effective when the entire class is working through the current week of each course; participation is self-scheduled, however, and a grace period is offered for catching up on missed course material.*

*Excluding On-Demand Programs


Courses are taught by content experts from NBOA, independent schools and business partners, who facilitate discussions and provide guidance and resources throughout the program.

Continuing Education

Online courses are pre-approved for SHRM and/or HRCI credit. Specific credit information can be found by selecting a course below.

Certificate of Completion

Registrants must complete the program and earn the Course Completion badge in order to obtain a Certificate of Completion.

Group Discounts (Online Courses)

NBOA offers a group discount for two or more online course registrants from the same school or organization. After the first participant registers for a course at full price, each additional registrant for the same course from the same school or organization will receive a $100 discount. The discount will be automatically applied at checkout. On-demand programs are not eligible for group discounts.

Questions? Email or call 202-407-7140.

Learning Schedule



Fall I

Fall II


Spring I

Spring II


 For any member of your school's leadership team
 For professionals with finance responsibilities
 For professionals with HR responsibilities

Budget Meets Mission: School Finance for Non-Business Leaders

Understand the independent school business model and learn to be a good steward of your school's financial resources to work more collaboratively around financial issues.

Duration: 3 Weeks  |  Members: $445  |  Nonmembers: $635

The Business and Art of Financial Aid

Learn tactical best practices related to the financial aid process and how to enhance the strategic partnership between the business and admissions offices to ensure long-term success.

Duration: 3 Weeks  |  Members: $445  |  Nonmembers: $635

Employee Leave and Accommodations

Supervisors will learn to spot issues and mitigate risk while working work with HR to manage employee leave and accommodations.

Duration: On-Demand  |  Members: $99  |  Nonmembers: $149

Engaging in Difficult Conversations with Employees

Learn to engage with employees in an empathetic manner while still clearly conveying important information and safeguarding your school from liability.

Duration: 2 Weeks  |  Members: $355  |  Nonmembers: $495

Interviewing and Hiring

Supervisors will learn to engage in meaningful interviews while avoiding legal claims and pitfalls in the hiring process.

Duration: On-Demand  |  Members: $99  |  Nonmembers: $149

Performance Management and Separations

Supervisors will learn how to coach, evaluate and provide honest feedback to employees and considerations in a separation process.

Duration: On-Demand  |  Members: $99  |  Nonmembers: $149

Stewarding Donor Dollars: Financial Principles for Contributions

Learn best practices related to gift reporting, compliance and donor stewardship, as well as how to develop a successful and strategic partnership between the financial and development functions at your school.

Duration: 3 Weeks  |  Members: $445  |  Nonmembers: $635

Essentials of the Business Office

Explore the many responsibilities of business office professionals— from day-to-day finance, operation, and risk management to strategic leadership — and managing key relationships with the greater school community.

Duration: 4 Weeks  |  Members: $595  |  Nonmembers: $845

Long-Range Financial Modeling

Learn how to customize and manipulate NBOA's Long-Range Financial Model, a powerful financial planning tool for your school.

Duration: 2 Weeks  |  Members: $355  |  Nonmembers: $495

Measuring Financial Health with the Composite Financial Index

Calculate your school's Composite Financial Index (CFI) score — a tool trusted in higher education for decades — and learn how you can use the score and its four underlying ratios to think strategically about your school's financial strengths and weaknesses.

Duration: 2 Weeks  |  Members: $355  |  Nonmembers: $495

Nonprofit Accounting and Financial Reporting

Acclimate to a nonprofit financial reporting environment and learn about independent school financial statements and standards.

Duration: On-Demand  |  Members: $99  |  Nonmembers: $149

HR Self-Audit with Culture Meets Compliance

Evaluate and improve your school's HR practices and policies using NBOA's best-selling guidebook with guidance and coaching from a senior HR professional.

Duration: 3 Weeks  |  Members: $445  |  Nonmembers: $635

Human Resources Fundamentals for Independent Schools

Learn how to address day-to-day human resources challenges such as evaluation and termination, FMLA, the ADA and employee classification.

Duration: 3 Weeks  |  Members: $445  |  Nonmembers: $635

Leave Law Boot Camp

Learn about best practices related to employee leave and how federal leave laws intersect and overlap.

Duration: 1 Week  |  Members: $295  |  Nonmembers: $395

Strategic HR Leadership

Learn to develop and communicate your school's personnel management strategy and to be responsive to a changing market.

Duration: 4 Weeks  |  Members: $595  |  Nonmembers: $845

Wage and Hour Boot Camp

Learn the ins and outs of wage and hour law, including the aspects that are unique to educational environments.

Duration: 1 Week  |  Members: $295  |  Nonmembers: $395