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 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 551 Student Support Services (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on the theoretical basis and best practices in student services in higher education with particular emphasis on financial aid, retention, recruitment, student activities, support services and residence life. Students will develop an understanding of the changing demographics and characteristics of college students in relation to academic, social, and physical needs.

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 6 months. Certificate courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

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

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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.