Graduate Certificate: Institutional Effectiveness
About the Certificate
The graduate certificate in Institutional Effectiveness is for students who wish to focus their graduate training on developing skills to support institutional research, data-driven decision-making, and student success analytics. The certificate is particularly timely and relevant, given the focus nationally on increasing the capacity of colleges and universities to advance student success and the rapidly increasing application of predictive analytics within university advising and administration.
Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 2 years
Campus Location: Main
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.
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: Write a 500-1,000-word statement of purpose outlining 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: 12
|AOD 5535||Organizational Assessment, Design and Strategy||3|
|EDUC 5325||Introduction to Statistics and Research||3|
|HIED 5102||Administration of Higher Education||3|
|HIED 5301||Planning and Assessment in Higher Education||3|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum
Certificate Program Web Address:
Department 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