2018-2019 Catalog

Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) Graduate Certificate (12 units)

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration and Leadership, a two academic semester program, consists of these courses (12 units) that encompass four fundamental areas of higher education administration: leadership, law, finance, and diversity. The four 3-unit each courses will be offered over a period of two semesters. The proposed sequence of course offerings will ensure logical progression of student learning and experience over the course of one year.

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration and Leadership commences each semester. Students may apply for the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration and Leadership program for fall or spring semester, consistent with the university and College of Education deadlines and admission requirements for graduate certificate programs.

Requirements and Application to the Program:
The following items are required for the application to be reviewed for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration and Leadership:

  • Statement of purpose/interest (2 page maximum)
  • Program application
  • Professional resume
  • Eligibility/transcripts: Applicants to the program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Three professional recommendation letters
  • Prior work experience within higher education institutions (2/4 year colleges and universities) and/or closely affiliated organizations.
  • There are no other pre-requisites

Requirements for Continuous Enrollment in the Program:

  • Students must complete all required course with a grade of “B” or higher.
  • Students must complete all of the program/course requirements for the certificate within two years.
  • Students must adhere to all ethical and professional standards required of the university and the American Associate of University Administrators. Candidates must, at all times, demonstrate high quality interpersonal skills with faculty, staff, fellow students, and others in their interactions and communication. If candidates fail to meet these requirements, they are subject to disqualification from the program.

Required Courses (12 units):


GED 550Leadership in Higher Education


GED 551Legal Issues in Higher Ed


GED 552Higher Education Finance


GED 553Diversity in Higher Education