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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.  

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 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 who apply for the Summer 2022 semester 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.

Curriculum

OLM 501: Foundations of Contemporary Leadership - Theory and Practice
(3 credits, 7 weeks)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Higher Education Leadership certificate program

OLM 503: Applied Research Methods
(3 credits, 7 weeks)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Higher Education Leadership certificate program

OHL 510: Theories of Adult and Non-Traditional Education
(3 credits, 7 weeks)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Higher Education Leadership certificate program

OHL 520: Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice in Higher Education
(3 credits, 7 weeks)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Higher Education Leadership certificate program

OHL 530: Assessment, Accreditation and Compliance in Higher Education
(3 credits, 7 weeks)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Higher Education Leadership certificate program

OHL 540: Developing Trends in Higher Education
(3 credits, 7 weeks)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Higher Education Leadership certificate program


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

Summer 2022

  • Applications due:  April 30, 2022
  • Classes start:  May 18, 2022

Estimated Tuition for the Certificate 

$13,896* 
($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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