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Higher Education and Student Affairs

Undergraduate Certificate

Higher education and student affairs professionals direct student administration, services, and other educational activities at post-secondary institutions, including universities, four-year colleges, junior colleges, and community colleges.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Higher Education and Student Affairs is designed for those interested in exploring the role of student affairs in higher education. Our program emphasizes the essential knowledge, intellectual competencies, and practical skills necessary to work within a higher education setting. 

As a student in the program, you explore the organization and policy that guides higher education and the history and evolution of student affairs. You examine the changing identities, demographics, values, and experiences of college students, as well as current trends in higher education and their implications for today's college student. You also complete a supervised practicum where you apply your learning and gain experience in the field of student affairs.  

Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Higher Education and Student Affairs prepares you for such careers as: 

  • Student affairs specialist  
  • Admissions specialist  
  • Financial aid specialist  
  • Records services specialist 
  • College career advisor  
  • Student coordinator  
  • Academic advisor  
  • Student life counselor  
  • Residential life coordinator 
  • Enrollment specialist  

Certificate Requirements 

To earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Higher Education and Student Affairs, you must complete 15 credit hours of core higher education and student affairs courses.

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

In order to enroll in this certificate program, you must first complete the HESA undergraduate certificate interest form to receive further information about the certificate and next steps.


EDUC-U208Training for Paraprofessionals in Student Affairs3 Credits
EDUC-U300Introduction to Higher Education Administration3 Credits
EDUC-U310The Role of Students and Student Affairs in Higher Education Administration3 Credits
EDUC-U320Today’s College Student3 Credits
EDUC-U330Culture and Diversity in Higher Education3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $312.84
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $938.52

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is ineligible for financial aid. 

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1177.66
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3523.98
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