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The certificate is designed for individuals who are planning or enhancing a career in a broad range of administrative positions in higher education institutions. The certificate will provide core knowledge for administrative processes in the context of higher education institutions.

The graduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid. For more information about program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our disclosure information page.


Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the graduate certificate in higher education administration, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Banner Code: LA-CERG-HEDA

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 18

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Core Courses

HE 621Higher Education in the United States3
HE 722Organization and Administration in Higher Education3
HE 624Finance and Fiscal Management in Higher Education3
Total Credits9

Additional Course

Special topics courses, when relevant, may be used to fulfill this requirement with the prior written approval of the director.

Select 3 credits from the following:3
Higher Education in the Digital Age
Diversity in Higher Education
The Contemporary College Student
Total Credits3


Select 6 credits of electives 16
Total Credits6

Electives must be chosen in consultation with the HEP Director and are selected from any HE course.