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Higher Education Leadership

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership is offered through the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH), Educational Leadership program. Educational Leadership (EDLD) is the primary discipline charged with providing foundational knowledge to educators, scholars, and future educational administrators as they pursue excellence in research, teaching, and service that addresses real world challenges and innovative solutions that build stronger academic institutions.

Decades of research and reform efforts in higher education have yielded one area of near-universal agreement-- exceptional educational institutions have excellent leaders.  Effective Educational Leaders transform existing educational systems and the communities they serve, by which increasing the demand for effective and responsive professional practitioners in Higher Education.  This graduate certificate is designed for graduate students, college and university administrators, school practitioners, and other working professionals with a related academic backgrounds in areas of education, organizational leadership, business and finance, educational law, public policy, and institutional research.

The graduate certificate centers on the nexus between theory and practice and explore critical issues facing higher education leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders today. Collaborations between and among faculty and students as well as linkages with practicing college and university administrators are important components of this graduate certificate.


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School of Education
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services


PO BOX 210022
Cincinnati,OH  45221
Robin Martin
Phone: 513-556-7680

Career Possibilities

The Higher Education Leadership graduate certificate is designed to advance the careers, leadership competencies, and knowledge base of local, regional, and national college and university of administrators, academic and student affairs professionals, K-12 educational leaders, and for-profit academic administrators. Additionally, individuals from other non-profit backgrounds seeking career advancement opportunities in the field of higher education, or who are interested in matriculating into similar degree programs such as educational licensures, will benefit from the Higher Education Leadership graduate certificate.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The Higher Education Leadership graduate certificate is a 1 year (twelve 12 credit hour) certificate.

The curriculum focuses on content that higher education leaders and college and university administrators are required to be knowledgeable in, as well as, provide students with foundational knowledge and innovative solutions that build stronger academic and postsecondary institutions.


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The Higher Education Leadership Graduate Certificate is the only graduate certificate offered in Educational Leadership with a Higher Education focus in the State of Ohio. The certificate will prepare individuals for a variety of leadership and professional roles in higher education and postsecondary professional settings. The graduate certificate is the foundation and grounding for an eventual master’s degree in Higher Education. The certificate will focus on new and midlevel professionals who have careers or career interests in student services, enrollment management, institutional research, academic affairs, and institutional advancement. With the opportunity to complete the certificate in only one year, students will be able to benefit from learning and networking with students, faculty, staff, and administrators from other two- and four-year institutions in the Great Cincinnati and South Ohio area.

Admission Requirements

Successful applicants will:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency and
  • Have at least a B average (3.0/4.0 system) in relevant undergraduate course work or otherwise give evidence of promise that is judged satisfactory by the admitting program and the Graduate School.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 2.0 university grade point average.
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Meet the college's residency requirement of 30 semester credit hours.
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted semester of graduation deadline.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.