Higher Education Administration (Graduate Certificate)

Requirements and Details


Complete admission and program requirements are found in the University Catalog.

The Higher Education Administration graduate certificate program begins a new cohort each fall semester.

When applying for a graduate program, the School of Graduate Studies serves as a liaison between the applicant and the program. Application materials should be sent to the School of Graduate Studies.

Once all application materials are received, Graduate Studies will forward materials to the program for review and an interview will be scheduled. Thereafter, an admission recommendation will be forwarded to Graduate Studies for a final decision and notification to the applicant.

For admission consideration, applicants must meet minimum Graduate Studies admission requirements plus additional program requirements listed below: 

  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. The degree does not need to be in the Higher Education Administration field.
  • Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. St. Cloud State transcripts and those from other Minnesota State Colleges and University institutions do not need to be requested.
  • International applicants must complete a World Education Services or National Association of Credential Evaluation Services course-by-course transcript evaluation.

Application criteria and review procedures give significant advantage to applicants who have work experience in higher education organizations or other professional work experience.  

Special student

If you would like to take courses without pursuing a degree or would like to begin coursework before you are formally accepted to St. Cloud State, you can register as a Special Student.

Once you have registered as a Special Student, you can activate your StarID. Your StarID allows you to access to the university’s Online Services.