Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

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Admissions Deadline
 March 15
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The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education targets full or part-time graduate students who may not have studied higher education through any formal degree program but wish to develop a deeper understanding of higher education. In particular doctoral students enrolled in other disciplines who plan to enter the academy as tenure track faculty members, as well as current administrative professionals who already possess an undergraduate degree and have 2-3 years full-time experience in higher education, may also benefit from this experience. Hours earned for the certificate may be applied to a degree program in higher education at the masters or doctoral levels. Hours earned in the masters or doctorate programs in higher education may NOT be used toward the certificate. Certificate Requirements are 15 credit hours.

You may also download the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Brochure available in PDF format.

Admissions Information

Both non-degree and degree seeking students post baccalaureate are eligible to enroll for the certificate. In addition, current administrative professionals may enroll. All minimum Graduate College requirements MUST be met.

Both Degree and Non-Degree Seeking applicants:

  • Apply for graduate admission to the Graduate College;
  • Select "degree-seeking" option-the menu of programs will then be provided;
  • Select "Certificate in Higher Education";
  • Complete application;
  • Upload a one-page statement regarding your interest in the certificate and how it meets your professional goals;
  • Upload a current resume or vitae;
  • Submit all materials.

Deadline for admissions is August 1st for Fall; December 1st for Spring.

Certificate Requirements (15 credit hours)

Core - Students select 12 hours from the following:

  • EDH 607 Leadership Development Seminar (3)
  • EDH 609 Leading Diverse Organizations (3)
  • EDH 627 Student Learning & Development (3)
  • EDH 703 History of American Higher Education (3)
  • EDH 710 Finance and Budgeting in Higher Education (3)
  • EDH 715 Theory of Educational Organizations (3)
  • EDH 733 The Professorate (3)
  • EDH 738 Public Policy in Higher Education and Postsecondary Education (3)
  • EDH 742 Academic Governance in Higher Education
  • EDH 780 Seminar in Teaching in Higher Education (3)

Electives - Students select a minimum of 3 hours from the following:

  • EDH 705 Higher Education Law (3)
  • EDH 708 The Community College (3)
  • EDH 603 The Role of Intercollegiate Athletics in Higher Education (3)
  • EDH 750 Special Topics (3)

Enrollment may be limited based on class size. Students must earn a B or better in all courses. Certificates will be awarded upon the student's successful completion of the certificate requirements.

A complete listing of the program requirements is available in the UNLV Graduate Catalog.

Additional Information or Questions Contact:
Dr. Vicki Rosser
Phone: 702-895-1432
Room: CEB 328