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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.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 5 Core Courses

Classes Start May 6th

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.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SPRING)

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
$7,040$8,800* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$440 per credit, 20 total quarter credits, 4 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the Details

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

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

There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.

Federal Work Study

Part-time jobs sponsored by the U.S. government are available to help you reduce loan debt.

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.

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ED7540
Leadership in Higher Education

Learners in this course examine the leadership philosophies, theories, and decision-making structures associated with higher education administration. Learners explore the nature and function of leadership; leadership roles; and institutional history, vision, culture, politics, and organizational structure. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED5570
History, Issues, and Trends in Higher Education

Learners gain an understanding of the evolution of colleges, universities, and other postsecondary institutions. Learners focus on the cultural, societal, and economic influences that have shaped the development of higher education curricula, culture, practices, and governance. Learners also relate historical events and milestones to current issues and trends in higher education.

4 quarter credits
ED6572 *
Organization and Functions of Higher Education Programs

This course exposes learners to the organizational structures and functions within higher education institutions, including the operational roles that each division plays. Within this context, learners explore student services, academic affairs, financial affairs, institutional advancement, and enrollment management. Prerequisite(s): ED5570.

4 quarter credits

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 up for success.

Advisors

Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Faculty

Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Writing Support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

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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.