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Higher Education Leadership and Administration Graduate Certificate

School of Education

Lead the Way in Higher Learning

Learn to lead in the field of higher education. Capella’s online Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership and Administration builds on your previous undergraduate or graduate educational experiences and provides an overview of the scope and functions of higher education, its history, current issues and trends, and leadership theory. In this program, you’ll learn to make sound decisions in higher education based on a solid understanding of the roles and functions of institutional divisions, and the culture and politics of four-year and community colleges.

What to Expect

  • Online
  • 5 Core Courses

Classes Start April 9th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admissions Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Understand Higher Education

Get a foundational overview of the scope and functions of higher education, its history, current issues, and leadership theory. 

Make Sound Decisions

Apply higher education theory and best practices to make positive decisions for your organization. 

Create an Action Plan

Create an action plan for your professional development and an e-portfolio.

Think Critically

Engage in a curriculum that emphasizes scholarly inquiry and critical thinking, and communication within higher education.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Credit Toward Your Next Degree

Apply credits from this program to our MS in Higher Education degree program. 

Focus on Your Goals Early

Create a professional development plan in your first course that can help you stay on track throughout your program.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$424 per credit, 20 total quarter credits, 4 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 


Grants are federal education funds that never need to be paid back. 

Federal Work Study

This program provides part-time jobs to reduce your loan debt amounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more.

Sample Courses

This online higher education leadership and administration graduate certificate fine-tunes your understanding of the culture and politics of colleges. You’ll dive into current theories and trends in higher education leadership.


Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ED7540 Leadership in Higher Education
ED5570 History, Issues, and Trends in Higher Education
ED6572 Organization and Functions of Higher Education

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


From enrollment to graduation, coaches help you stay on track. They know your program, answer questions, and cheer you on.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

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Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.