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.

This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.


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

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

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

Core Courses

Choose 9 credits from the following:9
Student Development Theory
Assessment and Program Evaluation in Higher Education
History of Higher Education
Organization and Administration in Higher Education
Total Credits9


Choose 9 credits of electives from the following:9
The Community College
Cultural Pluralism in Higher Education
Research Methods in Higher Education
Finance and Fiscal Management in Higher Education
Introduction to Helping Skills
Organization and Administration of Student Affairs
College Students Today
Other HE courses, when relevant, with approval of director or advisor
Total Credits9