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Certificate in Higher Education Administration


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. Such applicants should submit concurrently an  Application for Admission and a Graduate Certificate Application. The Graduate School requires a GPA of 3.0 for admission to Certificate Status and official transcripts must be submitted. Note that 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 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)


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

 For more information please contact Dr. Gabriel R. Serna at

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