The certificate in student life and development is a 12-credit minimum program designed for working professionals who already have master’s degrees and seek career-enhancing insights, skills, and credentials. The program is focused on students' transition and adjustment to college and on elements of the college environment that enhance their academic achievement and personal development and well-being. 

The certificate can be integrated into the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration Program (for a total of 39 credits). It can be completed in addition to or after completion of a master’s program in higher education administration or related field.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses6
Select a minimum of 6 credit hours from the following:
Administration of Student Affairs
Student Diversity in American Higher Education
College Student Development: Theory, Research and Practice
Electives6
Select a minimum of 6 credit hours from the following courses divided into three areas, or as otherwise approved by an advisor:
Counseling and Advising
Counseling Process and Practice
Basic skills in Counseling and Interviewing
Group Dynamics and Communication Skills
Foundations of Higher Education
Organization and Administration of Higher Education I
The Community College
Administration of Student Affairs
Higher Education in the United States: From Harvard to Present
Student Diversity in American Higher Education
Organization of Higher Education II: Governance, Leadership and Finance
College Student Development: Theory, Research and Practice
Critical Issues in Student Affairs
Enrollment Management: Theory and Practice
Advanced Seminar in Enrollment Management
Seminar in Higher Education Administration: Contemporary Issues
Practicum: Administration of Higher Education
Research
Essentials of Research in Social and Behavioral Sciences
Program Evaluation
Quantitative Methods I
Qualitative Methods I
Survey Research Methods
Total Credit Hours12