Higher Education Administration (Graduate Certificate)

Higher Education Administration (Graduate Certificate)

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The Higher Education Administration graduate certificate program will develop you as a higher education leader in Minnesota, the nation or the world. The program will prepare you for leadership positions in four-year, community and technical colleges and universities. Whether you are interested in a future as a higher education administrator or you are working in higher education, you will receive a comprehensive study that explores academic affairs, student affairs and administrative affairs. 

Through the courses offered in the program you will develop the necessary knowledge, skills and dispositions for success in higher education administration. 

The 15-credit graduate certificate is designed for current and future professionals who want to gain leadership skills quickly.  It is also for individuals who already have a masters or doctoral degree in a non-related field who now wish to gain knowledge and skills for success in higher education administration.

Program Highlights

  • Cohort course delivery methods vary each cohort: Fall 2018 cohort will take courses via an asynchronous format (connect online at a time and place most convenient to you), with some synchronous (meet online at a specified time) components.
  • Coursework tailored for working professionals.
  • Uses a cohort approach to help students build a professional network and learning community. 
  • Prepares leaders in all areas of higher education.
  • Actively engage with your professors and cohort online.
  • Designed to complete in less than one year.
  • Offers job placement and career promotion assistance.

Program Distinctions

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall January 15 (priority), March 15 (rolling) January 15 (priority), March 15 (rolling) January 15 (priority), March 15 (rolling)

Gainful Employment

Certain undergraduate and graduate certificates at St. Cloud State prepare students for employment in specific fields and do not result in a degree. Federal law requires publication of data associated with those programs of study, including approximate program costs, program length and employment statistics. The Minnesota State Chancellor's office has provided this report containing the aforementioned information for all required programs.

Applicants to this program must complete and attach the Gainful Employment acknowledgement form (PDF) as a part of their application for admission.

Higher Education Administration (Graduate Certificate)

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends Hybrid

Graduate Director

Dr. Steven McCullar

Popular Careers

  • Administration
  • Admissions
  • Academic Advising
  • Athletics
  • Career services
  • Financial aid
  • Residential life
  • Records and registration
  • Multicultural resource centers
  • Student life and development

University Facts & Stats

  • Top 3% of the most affordable universities in the Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" ranking
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year.
  • The state-of-the-art James W. Miller Learning Resources Center library staff assist students with coursework and research. 
  • Recognized for excellence in integrating international education with a 2013 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

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