Student Affairs in Higher Education Certificate of Completion

Build your skills and knowledge to design programs that help college students realize their learning and development potential through on-campus experiences with this four-course series in student affairs in higher education.

Become a competent practitioner across key foundational areas 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.

Whether you have experience in student affairs or are seeking to enter into the field, Colorado State University's Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) Certificate program 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, two classes in the summer, and one class 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.

This certificate 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.