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 2021 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 and Course Descriptions

OLM 501 Foundations of Contemporary Leadership - Theory and Practice (3 credits, 7 weeks)
This course provides the foundational learning of the core concepts and theories in the field of
organizational leadership. Students will explore the meta-view of organizations and the structures, human resources, political and cultural dynamics common to all types of organizations. This meta-view will also include sub concepts of multigenerational workgroups, power and authority, the dynamics of teams, and change. The course will also provide a foundation for understanding leadership, using the theories of Kouzes and Posner as well as Daniel Goleman. Leadership styles, changing notions of leadership, followership, and emotional intelligence will be explored through both theory and case studies.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Higher Education Leadership certificate program

OLM 503 Applied Research Methods (3 credits, 7 weeks)
This course is an introduction to applied research as it relates to organizational leadership. Emphasis will be placed on the analytical problem solving needed to measure and evaluate organizational improvement efforts. Students will learn how to use research as a tool for problem solving and intervention. Included are theories and types of research, analyzing the reliability and validity of published research, and applying research findings to professional practice. Students are encouraged to use a work-based project concept as the basis for their research skill development. 
Prerequisite: Admission to the Higher Education Leadership certificate program

OHL 510 Theories of Adult and Non-Traditional Education (3 credits, 7 weeks)
This course reviews pertinent theories in the field of non-traditional and adult education in higher education settings. Students will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice through case studies and presentations aligned with their career interests.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Higher Education Leadership certificate program

OHL 520 Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice in Higher Education (3 credits, 7 weeks)
This course reviews social justice issues and theories as applied to diverse settings in higher education. Students will have the opportunity to engage current thought as applied to practice in promoting Diversity and Inclusion in higher education.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Higher Education Leadership certificate program

OHL 530 Assessment, Accreditation and Compliance in Higher Education (3 credits, 7 weeks)
This course reviews the regulatory landscape of higher education, including accreditation, assessment, state legislation, and other compliance and reporting. Students will have the opportunity to apply the course to their practice in the field through the development of proposals and reports.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Higher Education Leadership certificate program

OHL 540 Developing Trends in Higher Education (3 credits, 7 weeks)
This topical course provides an overview of new and developing trends in higher education leadership, including but not limited to online and distance education, credentialing, competency-based education, and related issues.
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 2021

Applications due: April 15, 2021

Classes start:  May 21, 2021

Estimated Tuition for the Certificate 

$13,869* 
$772 per credit x 18 credits)

*excludes books

See if you qualify for a corporate tuition discount.

APPLY NOW - For more information about how to apply or admissions requirements, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at masters@peirce.edu or 215.670.9325.

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