Higher Education Leadership / Certificate

Leadership in higher education requires the ability to formulate strategies for meeting current and future challenges facing higher education institutions. This includes making decisions and taking actions that are mindful of the latest trends in higher education and student services, focusing on the unique needs of an institution and its students. Students enrolled in the Certificate in Higher Education Leadership will learn how to use critical thinking and decision-making skills to enhance their effectiveness as leaders in higher education.


This 18-hour Certificate in Higher Education Leadership is an alternative to the complete Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership for students looking to build critical leadership skills specific to institutions of higher education. This certificate does not require a thesis. Students who earn the Certificate in Higher Education Leadership will understand leadership theories and leadership as a psycho-social phenomenon, use critical thinking and decision making skills to enhance leadership and organizational effectiveness within higher education institutions, gain an awareness of existing systems and services along with future directions in higher education, and develop the ability to facilitate change in their organizations.


Degree Offered: Post Baccalaureate Certificate
Total Credit Hours: 18


Program: PBC-HEDU-2

Required Courses (18)

ORGL-50900Leadership: Theories, Practices and Context


ORGL-51600Principles of Higher Education: Mission and Directions


ORGL-52400Leading Change


ORGL-55600Systems and Services in Higher Education


ORGL-55800Planning Strategically


ORGL-56100Organizational Cultures and Systems


Some courses required for this certificate may be offered online only.