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One of few in the nation, the online graduate certificate in higher education administration helps professionals working in higher education, or seeking to gain entry into the field, enhance their knowledge. This program provides students with knowledge of higher education administration and governance, finance, and additional content specific to students’ interests in areas such as college student cultures and environments; race, gender, and ethnicity; law, community colleges, student affairs administration, history, helping skills, etc. Students may also pursue internship credits as part of their certificate (e.g., finance, law, policy).
The graduate certificate is designed for early-career professionals seeking additional training and career advancement. More experienced professionals without graduate training would also benefit from this certificate.
Official nameGraduate certificate in higher education administration
Program typeGraduate certificate
Academic homeCollege of Education & Human Development | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Delivery mode100% online
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
This certificate prepares graduates to take on roles in many areas of higher education, such as:
- Student affairs
- Diversity programming
- International student affairs
- Study abroad
- Off-campus engagement
Students will learn more about how a university functions and how to effectively work with students.
The online graduate certificate in higher education administration is 100% online: no campus visits required.
Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one to two classes per semester and finish the program in one year.
Course work includes
- Administration and governance of higher education
- Higher education finance
- Race, gender and ethnicity in higher education
- College student culture and environment
- International higher education
Typical program length1 year
Typical course load1 or 2 classes each semester
Further your education
Students may apply the 12 credit hours earned for this graduate certificate to the master of education, master of arts or doctor of philosophy with emphases in higher education — programs offered on-campus in Columbia, Missouri.
Areas of expertise:
- Differential effects of college on students
- Racial identification patterns of college students
- Parental involvement, campus climate, & financial aid
Areas of expertise:
- Education policy
- Economics of education
- College access