Student Affairs Administration Graduate Certificate

Higher Education Certificate in Student Affairs Administration

Earn a certificate in higher education administration online

Build your skills and knowledge to design programs that help college students realize their learning and development potential through on-campus experiences. This four-course online series will help you become a competent practitioner by developing an understanding of:

  • How and why students develop during their college years,
  • Historical and philosophical foundations of student affairs,
  • Relationships among college students and their social and physical environments, and
  • The finance environment for higher education.

Advance your career in student affairs

No matter if you have experience in student affairs or are seeking to enter into the field, Colorado State University's student affairs certificate sets you apart as a professional with the knowledge to succeed in a broad range of settings on college and university campuses including:

  • Financial aid,
  • Admissions,
  • Student activities,
  • Advising,
  • Residence life, and
  • Many other functional areas.

This program can be completed in one year, by taking one class in the spring, one class in the summer, and two classes in the fall, though you do have the option to alter or extend your program of study if needed. This is a convenient way for you to earn a certificate with no career interruption.

Option to pursue a master's

The Graduate Certificate in Student Affairs Administration is a companion to the student affairs in higher education master's degree. The credits completed as part of this certificate can be applied toward the degree after formal admission per University transfer policies. However, successful completion of the courses or certificate does not guarantee admission to the degree program.

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