Graduate Certificate: Diversity Leadership in Higher Education
About the Certificate
The graduate certificate in Diversity Leadership in Higher Education is designed to provide a broad range of knowledge related to the field of diversity and to create reflective practitioners who can lead and support formal and informal learning collaborations by diverse groups in higher education settings. The broader vision is that certificate holders contribute to the creation of responsible, ethical citizens able to collaborate in an increasingly diverse world.
A sequence of two courses is offered. Key foundational principles, policies, and procedures used in the field of diversity in higher education are introduced. Students learn about the models and theories for developing partnerships and serving as change agents within institutions, as well as strategic planning and assessment of diversity initiatives. In the second course, the student is the facilitator, leading diverse groups in a variety of settings and helping to create self-awareness of their own positionality and attitudes about diversity.
Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 2 years
Campus Location: Main, Online
Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate can be completed on a part-time basis. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for a student visa based on admission to the certificate program. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Management for more information.
Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits of coursework before applying to a graduate degree program. If completing the certificate as a non-matriculated student, the 6 credits earned may count toward those 9 credits.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Applications are accepted for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms and are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained to provide insight regarding the applicant's academic competence. References from college/university faculty are recommended.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A bachelor's degree is required. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is expected.
International applicants should also submit an official document that validates completion and conferral of a degree, diploma, and/or certificate. While not required, international applicants are encouraged to submit transcript(s) to the World Education Services (WES) for evaluation.
Statement of Goals: Outline your interest in seeking a graduate certificate with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire, your interests, and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.
Standardized Test Scores:
Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:
- TOEFL iBT: 79
- IELTS Academic: 6.5
- PTE Academic: 53
Resume: Current resume required.
Other Requirement: Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions attended and/or from which credit was earned must be submitted.
Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 6
|HIED 5201||Diversity Issues in Higher Education||3|
|HIED 5204||Diversity Facilitation and Leadership||3|
|Total Credit Hours||6|
GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum
Certificate Program Web Address:
Dept. of Policy, Organizational and Leadership Studies
College of Education and Human Development
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
Submission Address for Application Materials:
Office of Enrollment Management