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Higher Education and Student Affairs

Graduate 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 IU Online Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and Student Affairs is designed for full-time employees currently working in student affairs, without a student affairs degree, who are interested in learning more about the field, application of theory to practice, and the current issues and trends facing our profession. 

The curriculum includes three core courses: an introduction to student affairs work in higher education, an introduction to college and university administration, and a course that discusses how student development theory is put into practice. In addition, you select a fourth course in the field of adult education. You will receive verification from the faculty upon successful completion of the certificate.

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

  • Student affairs specialist 
  • Admissions director 
  • Financial aid director 
  • College registrar 
  • College career advisor 
  • Student coordinator 
  • Academic advisor 
  • Student life counselor 
  • Residence hall director 
  • Enrollment specialist 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and Student Affairs, you must complete 12 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Higher education and student affairs core courses (9 credit hours) 
  • Higher education and student affairs elective course (3 credit hours) 


  • EDUC-C 565Introduction to College and University Administration3 Credits
  • EDUC-U 544Introduction to Student Affairs Work in Higher Education3 Credits
  • EDUC-U 556Applying Student Development Theory to Practice3 Credits
  • EDUC-D 505Adult Learning through the Lifespan3 Credits
  • EDUC-D 506Adult Education Planning and Development3 Credits
  • EDUC-U 550Topical Seminar in College Student Personnel 3 Credits
  • EDUC-U 590Independent Study or Research in College Student Personnel 3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $425.06
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1275.18
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $510.07
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1530.21

Additional fees will apply.

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