(Graduate Certificate)

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

This graduate certificate program in Higher Education Administration targets full-time college administrators who may not have studied higher education through any formal degree program but wish to develop a deeper understanding of the environment in which they work.

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12

Credit Hours

Small Cohorts and High Student/Professor Interaction

100% Faculty Commitment

This graduate certificate program in Higher Education Administration targets full-time college administrators who may not have studied higher education through any formal degree program but wish to develop a deeper understanding of the environment in which they work. Doctoral students engaged in other disciplines who plan to enter the academy as tenure-track faculty members may also benefit from this experience.

Admission Requirements

A qualified student who wishes to enter Virginia Tech to obtain a graduate certificate, without being enrolled in a degree program, may apply for graduate admission to Graduate Certificate Status using the graduate school online application. The Graduate School requires a GPA of 3.0 for admission to Certificate Status and official transcripts must be submitted.

Students pursuing a degree and a certificate simultaneously are classified in their degree program. Completing a Graduate Certificate Application is required. Credits used toward a certificate may be used in meeting degree requirements if they are appropriate for inclusion on the Plan of Study for the degree.

Enrollment for the certificate program may be limited based on class size. Certificates will be awarded upon the student’s application for the certificate once they have successfully completed the course requirements.

Completion Requirements

The certificate requires successful completion of a total of 12 credit hours, of which 6 credits are required courses and 6 credits are elective. Students need to receive a grade of B or better in each course to receive the certificate. Students receiving a grade below a B would have to re-take the course before credit would be given. All courses are 3 credit hours and are generally offered once each year depending upon the availability of the faculty.

All students must complete:

  • EDHE 6064 – Higher Education in the United States (Fall)
  • EDHE 6274 – Higher Education Law (Fall)

In addition, students must complete 6 credit hours in one of the three tracks listed below:

  • Student Development and Learning Track
    • EDHE 5314 – Theories of Student Development (Fall)
    • EDHE 5334 – The College Student and the College Environment (Spring)
  • Governance and Policy Track
    • EDHE 6084 – Financial Administration in Higher Education (Spring, Odd Numbered Years) AND
    • EDHE 6044 – Governance and Policy in Education
  • Organizations and Management Track
    • EDHE 6304 – Theories of Educational Organization (Fall)
    • EDHE 6094 – University Leadership (Summer)

Eligibility

Students enrolled as graduate degree, non-degree, or Commonwealth Campus students are eligible to receive a Certificate in Higher Education Administration.

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Visit our office at 1750 Kraft Dr., Room 2007, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Deadlines for non-degree students
Domestic Application
*Fall:  August 1
International Application
*Fall: April 15

CONTACT US

Claire K. Robbins
Program Leader
1750 Kraft Dr., Room 2015
Blacksburg, VA24060
540-231-2004
robbinsc@vt.edu

Ashley Barker
Graduate Assistant, Admissions Coordinator
1750 Kraft Drive, Room 2011
Blacksburg, VA 24060
frost@vt.edu

School of Education
226 War Memorial Hall (0313)
370 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061