Higher Education & Student Affairs (Graduate Certificate)

You'll be prepared to lead and serve two-year, four-year, public, and private colleges and universities. You'll explore knowledge and skills within student life, academic affairs, athletics, and administrative divisions. And, you'll grow as a leader.

This 15-credit graduate certificate quickly gives you leadership skills. It is ideal for people with advanced degrees who lack leadership training or for those who want to begin their graduate degree by gaining leadership skills.

You'll enjoy an engaging and interactive learning experience that accommodates working professionals and attend classes online when it is convenient for you.

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Program Highlights

  • Take courses 100 percent online, at your convenience
  • Enjoy 8- and 16-week course delivery
  • No work experience or GRE admission requirement
  • Structured to actively connect and engage with your professors and colleagues
  • Complete your program in less than one year
  • Gain employment and a lifetime of career advancement
  • Faculty are nationally recognized and published researchers
  • Apply coursework to a Higher Education master's degree

Program Distinctions

Graduate Director

Dr. Jennifer Jones

Student Organizations

Popular Careers

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

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall Jan. 15 (Priority 1) March 15 (Priority 2) Aug. 1(Final) Jan. 15 (Priority 1) March 15 (Priority 2) May 15 (Final) Jan. 15 (Priority 1) March 15 (Priority 2) Aug. 1 (Final)
Spring December 1 December 1 December 1
Summer N/A N/A N/A

University Facts & Stats

  • Top 3 percent of the most affordable universities in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" ranking
  • 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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