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Academic Advising, Graduate Certificate

Play an important role in students’ academic careers with the IU Online Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising. This flexible online certificate program can be completed quickly. You’ll study the skills and theories needed in the field of academic advising.

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Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 15

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $350.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $490.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

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Degree Overview

As a student in the IU Online Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising, you’ll study foundational theories in student and adult development, learn the tools needed to guide students in their academic journey, and articulate your own personal philosophy of advising.


You’ll graduate with an Indiana University certificate  respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  2. 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA
To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:
  1. Official transcripts from each undergraduate institution
  2. Personal statement
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Resume
Application Dates

Fall semester: Aug 1

Spring semester: Jan 1

Note: This program is ineligible for financial aid.

To earn a Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising, you must complete 15 credit hours.  

Core Classes for the Certificate in Academic Advising, IU Indianapolis
Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC-U 540 Academic Advising in the Collegiate Environment 3 Credits
EDUC-C 565 Introduction to College and University Administration 3 Credits
EDUC-U 544 Introduction to Student Affairs Administration Work in Higher Education 3 Credits
EDUC-G 522 Counseling Theories 3 Credits
EDUC-G 575 Multicultural Counseling 3 Credits
EDUC-D 505 Adult Learning through the Lifespan 3 Credits
EDUC-P 510  Psychology in Teaching 3 Credits
EDUC-P 540 Learning and Cognition in Education 3 Credits
EDUC-C 556 Applying Student Development Theory to Practice 3 Credits
EDUC-U 560 Internship in Student Affairs 3 Credits

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