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Higher Education Administration

*Graduate Certificate


Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus
Instructions: Residential/On Campus

Program Overview

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.


What You'll Study

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)

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.

Visit this page for more information on how to apply, including requirements, deadlines, and what you'll need in detail.

Deadlines for non-degree students
Domestic Application
*Fall:  August 1
International Application
*Fall: April 15

Certificate Program
Claire K. Robbins, Ph.D.
1750 Kraft Dr., Room 2007
Blacksburg, VA24060

Kathy Tickle
Program Support Technician
Enrollment Services Specialist
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-9721 |


Claire K. Robbins, Ph.D.
1750 Kraft Dr., Room 2007
Blacksburg, VA24060

Faculty Experts in Higher Education

Affiliated Faculty

Emerita and Emeritus Faculty Members

Don G. Creamer, Professor Emeritus, Higher Education
Joan B. Hirt, Professor Emerita, Higher Education, School of Education
Patricia Hyer, Affiliated Faculty; Associate Provost Emerita, University Provost’s Office
Steven M. Janosik, Associate Professor Emeritus, Higher Education, School of Education
Edward F. D. Spencer, Affiliated Associate Professor; Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs