The certificate in student life and development is a 12-credit minimum program that is 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’s Program in Higher Education Administration (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 a related field.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses6
Select a minimum of 6 credit hours from the following:
Administration of Student Affairs (3-credit hours)
Student Diversity in American Higher Education (3-credit hours)
College Student Development: Theory, Research and Practice (3-credit hours)
Electives6
Select a minimum of 6 credit hours of the following Electives that are divided into three "academic areas" or as otherwise approved by an advisor:
Counseling and Advising
Counseling Process and Practice (3-credit hours)
Basic skills in Counseling and Interviewing (3-credit hours)
Group Dynamics and Communication Skills (3-credit hours)
Education
Organization and Administration of Higher Education I (3-credit hours)
The Community College (3-credit hours)
Administration of Student Affairs (3-credit hours)
Higher Education in the United States: From Harvard to Present (3-credit hours)
Student Diversity in American Higher Education (3-credit hours)
Organization of Higher Education II: Governance, Leadership and Finance (3-credit hours)
College Student Development: Theory, Research and Practice (3-credit hours)
Enrollment Management: Theory and Practice (3-credit hours)
Advanced Seminar in Enrollment Management (3-credit hours)
Seminar in Higher Education Administration: Contemporary Issues (3-credit hours)
Research
Essentials of Research in Social and Behavioral Sciences (3-credit hours)
Program Evaluation (3-credit hours)
Quantitative Methods I (3-credit hours)
Qualitative Methods I (3-credit hours)
Survey Research Methods (3-credit hours)
Total Credit Hours12