Higher Education Graduate Certificate

The Higher Education Graduate Certificate at the University of Evansville will allow current and future leaders in the higher education arena to focus on skill sets such as leadership, policy, and driving change. It is designed for working professionals and recent graduates who would like to enhance skills and gain knowledge in higher education administration.


LDR 552 Policy and Historical Trends (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to help you think about colleges and universities and the historical and social forces that have affected their development (including policy decision) in the United States. Formal education, including post-secondary education, has been integral to the social and economic development of the American free enterprise system. The aim of the course is to provide a sound framework for using historical analysis to interpret problems, shape policy, and develop sound decision making.

LDR 550 Critical Issues in Higher Education (3 credit hours)

This course will explore the academic, political, legal, governmental, financial, and other influencers that higher education leaders are forced to consider as they lead their institutions into the future. This course will build upon the content from the Policy and Historical Trends in Higher Education course, as well as the core leadership courses.

LDR 554 Legal Aspects in Higher Education (3 credit hours)

This course investigates the legislation and litigation which forms the basis of education at the national, state, and local levels. Students will examine historical and current cases rendered by federal and state courts concerning procedural and substantive due process, civil rights, special populations, parent and student rights, and contractual legalities to help professionals have a sound knowledge of the pertinent legal landscape for leadership and decision making.

Accelerated Online Format

The 9 credit-hour certificate can be completed in one semester. The certificate is available each fall semester.

Students will complete their coursework through interactive and engaging online classes. Credits earned may be transferred into the MS in Leadership program.

Cost of Program

Tuition for 2019-20 is $525 per credit hour.


When you’re ready to apply, here are the requirements and documents you’ll need to get started.

  1. Must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  2. Official transcripts, completed application, and resume.
  3. Applications will be considered based on academic and professional experience.

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