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 12-credit certificate is stackable and consists of four 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 This Certificate for Less Than $4,000: Take advantage of special, limited-time tuition of $330 per credit for new students, which is 57% less than our regular graduate tuition.

What You Can Expect 

  • Gain skills and expertise that can be applied directly to your career on day one
  • The ability to finish your graduate certificate in two semesters 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 12 graduate credits earned in the certificate fit seamlessly into the College’s MS in Higher Education Leadership.


Program Requirements PrerequisitesMin. Credits
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 6: Week of July 1, 2024
  • Session 1: Week of August 26, 2024
  • Session 2: Week of October 21, 2024
  • Session 3: Week of January 13, 2025
  • Session 4: Week of March 17, 2025
  • Session 5: Week of May 12, 2025

Estimated Tuition for the Certificate 

($330 per credit x 12 credits)

*Based on special, limited-time tuition for new students (does not include fees or books).

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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