Graduate Certificate in Student Affairs in Higher Education




The Student Affairs in Higher Education certificate is designed for those interested in beginning or advancing their career in student affairs. Candidates study research-based best practices and will develop the knowledge and skills to create a positive learning environment for student engagement and success.  A 120-hour field experience is included in this certificate.


Courses are available fully online.




Outcomes Assessment

Multiple assessments are used to determine candidate growth toward achievement of the knowledge and skills described in the Graduate Certificate and the university-wide graduation competencies. Performance-based assessments are used to evaluate projects, assignments, and research papers. Goals, learning outcomes and activities, external assignments, and assessment strategies are linked directly to program and graduation competencies as stated on each course syllabus.

Program Design

Candidates are expected to satisfactorily complete all requirements associated with the Graduate Certificate. The certificate includes 15-credits of content-specific courses related to content knowledge and skills in an interdisciplinary, applied approach. 

Course Requirements

Content Specific Courses (15 credits)

MED 6102 E-Folio

MHE 7300 Introduction to Student Affairs

MHE 7301 Student Development Theory and Contemporary College Students

MHE 7302 Assessment of Student Learning Outside of the Classroom

MHE 7201 Law and Policy in Higher Education

MHE 7500 Field Experience

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2024-2025 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2023 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.