Certificate in Higher Education Leadership

The 15-credit-hour graduate certificate program in Higher Education Leadership is designed to prepare current and prospective college or university staff members for entry to mid-level positions as administrators in two- and four-year colleges and universities; policy makers and student affairs professionals in higher education; and to provide selected coursework/degrees for individuals currently in the field. Graduates of the program are prepared to function effectively in a variety of leadership positions at two- and four-year institutions of higher education. In addition, this program enables working professionals in higher education to increase their skills, knowledge and abilities to compete for professional positions of increasing responsibility and scope. This graduate certificate can be earned in conjunction with an existing master’s degree program or taken for postmaster’s degree credit. Students who complete the graduate certificate for postmaster’s credit are eligible to apply for the EdD in Educational Leadership.

This certificate program is not eligible for Title IV (federal financial aid) funding unless the certificate is awarded as part of a degree program. Certificate programs which are not eligible for Title IV aid are not gainful employment programs.


  1. Students seeking admission having already completed a master’s degree must have a GPA of 3.200 or higher, students currently enrolled in a master’s degree program must have a GPA of at least 3.200 based on the last 30 credit hours of graduate coursework;
  2. Three letters of recommendation;
  3. Letter of intent indicating reasons for pursuing certificate; and
  4. Resume, to include evidence of two years of professional experience in education or a related field.

Program Requirements

Fifteen (15) credit hours from the following courses are required for completion of this certificate:

Select five of the following:15
Foundations of Higher Education (fall)
Finance and Human Resources in Colleges and Universities (spring)
College Student Development and the Campus Environment (fall)
Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education (summer)
Practicum in Higher Education (fall and spring)
Principles of Measurement and Program Evaluation (fall and spring)
Management In Sport
Total Credit Hours15

For more information, visit the certificate in Higher Education Leadership webpage.