Graduate Certificate: Student Affairs Leadership
About the Certificate
The graduate certificate in Student Affairs Leadership is for students who aspire specifically to serve in administrative roles in student affairs and related areas such as athletics administration, residential life, and student activities. Building on course offerings in the M.Ed. in Higher Education program, this certificate deepens students’ understanding of and skills in student affairs administration, including focusing on the current leadership contexts and best practices in managing student life and engagement in colleges and universities.
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.
Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits of coursework before applying to the graduate certificate program.
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: 12
|CPSY 5698||Fundamental Counseling Techniques||3|
|HIED 5104||College Students and Development Theory||3|
|HIED 5201||Diversity Issues in Higher Education||3|
|HIED 5401||Student Affairs 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