Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration

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Credits Required for Graduation 16
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The effective administration of higher education institutions has never been so critical than at this time. Consider:

  • The President of the United States of America and the Secretary of Education are calling for access to higher education for all
  • European and Asian universities are ascending in quality; increasing as market forces
  • The electronic delivery of education is escalating, creating new pedagogy and delivery models

To meet these challenges, as well as changing demographics, financial concerns, and legal and policy requirements, administrators and leaders in higher education need to be increasingly sophisticated and knowledgeable.

The Higher Education Administration Certificate is designed to provide participants with an overall understanding of managerial concepts as well as the operational and strategic concepts that lead to effective administration. This program is best suited for individuals seeking mid-to-senior level administrative roles and individuals interested in transitioning from industry and other organizations into academia.

The certificate is comprised of 16 credit hours which may be applied toward the Master of Education, Higher Education Administration Concentration.





Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2017 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Required Core Courses (12 q.h.)

Complete the following three courses: 

EDU 6201 The Landscape of Higher Education 4 q.h.
EDU 6202 Faculty, Curriculum, and Academic Community 4 q.h.
EDU 6203 Education Law, Policy, and Finance 4 q.h.


Elective Course (4 q.h.)

Choose one of the following courses: 

EDU 6520 Learning and the Brain: Translating Research into Practice 4 q.h.
EDU 6319 How People Learn 4 q.h.
EDU 6332 Open Learning  4 q.h. 
EDU 6330  Digital Media Literacy  4 q.h. 
EDU 6558  Issues in Education   4 q.h. 


Required minimum credit hours: 16 q.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $8,832.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

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