Higher Education Leadership Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Cincinnati is designed for individuals who currently work in or aspire to have a rewarding career in the field of Higher Education, including areas such as student affairs, academic affairs, intercollegiate athletics administration, institutional advancement, and enrollment management. It is available both online and onsite.

The certificate enhances students’ understanding of, and skills in, higher education administration by contextualizing contemporary challenges and issues, including best practices for managing various areas at colleges and universities. The purpose and design of the certificate is to provide thoughtful exposure to content that will better prepare graduates with the foundational knowledge and skills essential to their development as higher education administrators and leaders. At the same time, the certificate will provide students who do not have a graduate degree in higher education, a foundation in higher education administration content.

Program Objectives

In just 12 credit hours (one year), students will become knowledgeable in the various areas that higher education leaders and college and university administrators are required to be knowledgeable in, as well as have the foundational knowledge and innovative solutions that build stronger academic and postsecondary institutions.


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

Where We Are

School of Education

615 Teachers-Dyer Complex
West Campus
University of Cincinnati

Additional Information

Find out more about the graduate Higher Education Leadership certificate program.