Online Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership

The online Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership prepares students with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to advance in the higher education sector. The 18-credit certificate is stackable and consists of six interactive, 3-credit graduate courses that offer the flexibility that working adults need to be successful.  Courses are delivered completely online and focus on serving adults and other nontraditional students, diversity, inclusion and social justice in higher education, and assessment, accreditation and compliance. The program prepares students to advance professionally or transition to a new career in the higher education sector.  

Earn Your First 3 Credits at No Cost: Complete our Graduate Leadership Bootcamp and earn the first three credits for this graduate certificate at no cost - a savings of more than $2,300 in graduate tuition (and even more in books). Learn more.

What You Can Expect 

  • Gain skills and expertise that can be applied directly to your career on day one
  • The opportunity to earn your first 3 credits for free.
  • The ability to finish your graduate certificate in one year on a part-time basis
  • Flexible, online courses that work around your busy schedule - and optional live online sessions with your professors
  • Lively interaction with your classmates and professors
  • No capstone or practicum requirements

Free Books:  New students can get free books for their first course. 

Stackable, Affordable, Flexible: The 18 graduate credits earned in the certificate fit seamlessly into the College’s MS in Higher Education Leadership.


Program Requirements PrerequisitesMin. Credits
OLM 501Foundations of Contemporary Leadership - Theory and Practice 3
OLM 503Applied Research Methods 3
OHL 510Theories of Adult and Non-Traditional Education 3
OHL 520Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in Higher Education 3
OHL 530 Assessment, Accreditation, and Compliance in Higher Education 3
OHL 540Developing Trends in Higher Education 3

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership will be able to:

  1. Synthesize and apply current leadership trends in Higher Education.
  2. Develop and apply an assessment and learning framework.
  3. Integrate current themes in Social Justice into Higher Education leadership roles.

Upcoming Start Dates

We are ready when you are ready! 
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Upcoming Session Starts

  • Session 2: Week of Oct. 30, 2023
  • Session 3: Week of Jan. 8, 2024
  • Session 4: Week of March 11, 2024
  • Session 5: Week of May 6, 2024

Estimated Tuition for the Certificate 

($772 per credit x 18 credits)

*excludes books

See if you qualify for a corporate tuition discount.

Emergency Student Aid

Emergency Student Aid grants are available for Peirce students. Grants can be used to pay off balances, cover tuition, buy books, and for all costs of attendance, including food, rent, childcare, and transportation. Learn more.

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