Higher Education Administration (Graduate Certificate)

Higher Education Administration (Graduate Certificate)

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As a student pursuing the graduate certificate, you'll be prepared to lead two-year and four-year colleges and universities around the world. You'll explore leadership within the student life and development, academic affairs and administrative areas.

This 15-credit graduate certificate quickly gives you leadership skills. It is ideal for people with advanced degrees who lack leadership training.

Program Highlights

  • Take courses 100-percent online, at your convenience
  • Enjoy eight- or 16-week course delivery
  • Actively engage with professors and your cohort
  • A new cohort begins Spring and Fall semesters
  • Complete your program in less than one year
  • Gain employment and a lifetime of career advancement
  • No GRE admission requirement

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)
Spring December 1 (rolling) December 1 (rolling) December 1 (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

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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