Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration at KU

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Program Overview

The graduate certificate in higher education administration is designed to introduce education professionals to academic scholarship on higher education. This generalist certificate program allows students to extend and apply their knowledge of colleges and universities and to learn from expert scholars and practitioners, as well as fellow classmates, who bring diverse leadership experiences to the program.

Career Outcomes in Higher Education Administration

The graduate certificate in higher education administration is primarily intended for 1.) administrators wanting to familiarize themselves with the academic literature on higher education topics to help them develop in their administrative positions; 2.) current administrators who may wish to update their knowledge of the theory and research; 3.) students who wish to pursue a master’s, Ed.D. or Ph.D. in educational leadership & policy studies; and 4.) current doctoral students who intend to work in higher education as faculty members or in other areas such as academic advising. Students who pursue careers in higher education administration are likely to accept positions as directors, program coordinators or other leadership roles in various institutional units, such as advising, housing, admissions, student leadership, and involvement. Also, graduate students who complete the graduate certificate in higher education administration may decide to pursue a doctoral program in areas such as student affairs, educational policy, business management and more.

Thinking about a graduate certificate in higher education administration?

Let us know you’re interested in the program. We would love to connect with you to discuss the program’s curriculum, steps necessary for admission to KU, affordability options, and perhaps what to expect during your time on campus once you have become a Jayhawk.


Public School of Education & Human Sciences
Total number of credit hours

Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Cole Alsup, graduate recruitment coordinator GA
University of Kansas
School of Education and Human Sciences
Joseph R. Pearson Hall , Rm. 421
1122 West Campus Rd.
Lawrence , Kansas 66045-3101