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Student Affairs Management of Auxiliary Enterprises Graduate Certificate

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Online student affairs management certificate

Learn to manage university auxiliary services

Discover how to design business solutions that enhance campus programs and services with this customizable six-course online graduate certificate.

What are college auxiliary services?

Student auxiliary services are typically a product or service that aims to enhance the quality of life for students, faculty, and staff, which include:

  • University bookstores
  • Campus child care centers
  • Dining services
  • Residential services
  • Parking/Transportation
  • Student services

This certificate blends business management practices with student affairs concepts, providing skills in key areas important to the business management of student affairs or auxiliary services, including:

  • The finance environment within higher education,
  • Historical and philosophical foundations of student affairs,
  • Leadership and motivation in organizations, and
  • Marketing management.

Who should earn this certificate?

Whether you have experience in student affairs and are seeking business management skills, or you are looking to launch your business management career in student affairs, this certificate gives you the knowledge and skills to succeed in careers in housing and dining, student union operations, conference and special events, and many other university auxiliary services.

Option to pursue a master's

This certificate is a companion to the Student Affairs in Higher Education Master's Degree. The credits completed as part of this program can be applied toward the degree after formal admission per University transfer policies. Note that successful completion of the courses or certificate does not guarantee admission to the degree program.

Get started with a free course

If you’re unsure whether this profession would be a good fit, consider taking the Exploring the Student Affairs in Higher Education Profession free online course. If you’ve ever considered what it might be like to work in areas such as college admissions, campus recreation, enrollment services, housing and dining, or other student affairs departments, take this risk-free opportunity to learn more.

Curriculum Open Accordion

This certificate is composed of six foundational courses exploring fiscal management in student affairs, leadership and motivation, marketing management, and the function of student affairs within an institution.

You must be admitted to this program for the certificate to appear on your official University transcript.

Required courses:


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Note that a class taken in this certificate program cannot be applied to another certificate program.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Applications are reviewed as they are received. You can expect to be notified of your application status within two weeks of submitting all application materials.

Note: You may enroll in and complete courses before being admitted into this certificate program. However, to earn the certificate, you must be admitted into the program prior to completing the final course.

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA from all previously completed coursework

2 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Choose "Student Affairs Management of Auxiliary Enterprises (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

3 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary):
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. You can expect to be notified of status within two weeks of submitting a complete application.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Student Affairs Management of Auxiliary Enterprises Graduate Certificate
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Program Details

14-16 credits
$685 - $998 per credit
Degree Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Student Affairs Management of Auxiliary Enterprises
Time Frame
Can be completed in 1 – 1.5 years

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