Frequently Asked Questions

The following are common questions that we receive from prospective and current students of the Diploma in School Board Administration.  Click on the question text to reveal the answer.  

What are the admission criteria for this program?

New applicants need to complete and submit the Application Form. Admission to the program requires successful completion of post-secondary education (e.g., undergraduate degree, college diploma, certificate).

 All applicants must submit an official transcript to demonstrate their level of post-secondary education.  All international participants must provide a TOEFL score and an assessment of their international credentials. 

Special admission consideration will be extended to applicants who can successfully demonstrate related experience and training in lieu of post-secondary education requirements.  Applicants without post-secondary education must provide:  (1) Professional Resume; (2) Personal Letter of Objectives; (3) Letters of Reference (minimum 2 required).

If you only intend on enrolling in one or more courses within the Diploma, but are not interested in completing the program and receiving a Diploma, you still must complete the admissions process as outlined above. 

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Do I need to take the courses in order?

No. Courses can be taken in any order. There are no prerequisite courses for any of the Diploma or Certificate courses. 

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Can I register for courses if I am not interested in completing the diploma/certificate?

Absolutely. The courses can be taken for professional development or interest.

If you are pursuing the Diploma in School Board Administration (DSBA), you can mix and match courses from the various certificates to achieve elective requirements.

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How are courses conducted?

Core courses  are conducted online for a 10 week period.  One core course is offered each semester (e.g., September, January, May). 

Elective courses will be 5-days in length and delivered face-to-face on University of Guelph`s campus. Courses take place annually during the month of July.  The course content is delivered Monday to Thursday (8:30 am - 5:00 pm). The course exam is held Friday (9:00 am - 11:00 am)

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Where are courses held?

Core courses are held online.

Elective/Certificate courses are delivered face-to-face on University of Guelph`s campus.

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I am enrolled in the Diploma in School Board Administration Program. How should I select my electives?

Students enrolled in the Diploma in School Board Administration must take 4 elective courses from the Certificates listed on this website. Students have two choices: (1) Achieve one Certificate by completing the 4 associated courses over a 4-year period; or (2) Mix and match courses from the various Certificates and complete the elective requirement in 2 or more years. It is recommended that students select courses that will support their career goals. Each year, seven Certificate courses are offered over a 5 week period (2 or more courses per week). It is recommended that students enrol in no more than 1 course per week.

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What courses do I need to complete the Diploma?

To complete the Diploma, you will need to successfully complete 6 core courses and 4 elective courses. Successful completion requires a 50% passing grade.

The 6 core course are mandatory:  (1) Introduction to School Board Administration; (2) Financing of Education in Ontario; (3) Legal Governance; (4) Leadership and Ethics; (5) Operational Resource Management; and (6) Communications Management.

The 4 elective courses can be selected from the 28 courses associated with the 7 different University of Guelph/OASBO Certificate programs. (Certification in:Supply Chain Management; Human Resources Management; Pupil Transportation Management; Disability Management and Attendance Support; Freedom of Information and Records Information Management; Information Communication Technology Management; and Facilities Management.

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How do I receive my diploma?

Upon successfully completing the six (6) core courses and four (4) elective courses required, individuals must complete and submit a Diploma Request Form to graduate and receive the Diploma in School Board Administration parchment.

The form is also located on the Register page of this website.


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Do certificate courses count as electives in the Diploma in School Board Administration?

Yes.  Successfully completed certificate courses can be applied to the Diploma in School Board Administration`s (DSBA) elective course requirement. Individuals hoping to achieve their DSBA can mix and match courses from different certificates to meet their elective requirements. Courses taken prior to 2007 will be considered an elective if participants wrote the exam for the course in the year that the course was offered. 

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Can courses from other university or college programs be used as course equivalencies?

The only university courses that will be considered electives to the program are the two courses from Masters of Educational Administration (OSIE/UofT) - TPS 1040 Educational Administration I: Introduction to Educational Administration: Policy, Leadership and Change; and TPS 1041 Educational Administration II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling.

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How long will it take for me to complete the Diploma?

The Diploma program typically takes at least two (2) years to complete. There are no maximum time restrictions, therefore, you may take as long as you need to successfully complete the Diploma.

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Do I need to purchase a textbook for the courses?

For the 6 online core courses, all course materials are online.  For the 4 classroom-based electives, each course will have its own material requirements. Students may be required to purchase an additional text book; the University Bookstore will carry the required text  prior to the course start date. You will be notified of all of these requirements in your confirmation letter following your completion of registration for each course.

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Is there any form of financial assistance available for these courses?

You may be eligible to receive a bursary award towards an Open Learning and Educational Support continuing education activity and/or Open Learning program. Visit for more information.

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Do you have a question we have not answered?

Visit our "Contact Us" page.

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What are the technical requirements?

In order to access your online course, your computer system should be properly configured to work in University of Guelph's CourseLink. 

To ensure the best user experience, please check the system, software and browser requirements.  The quickest way to determine if your system is compatible with CourseLink is to run the Desire2Learn System Check Tool.   


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