Higher Education / Student Life & Development Certificate

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Sharpen your insight, advance your career.

As higher education becomes ever more vital to social and economic achievement, there’s demand for versatile administrators skilled in working with students of diverse needs and backgrounds amid constant change. Our 12-credit-minimum certificate program in student life and development is for working professionals who have master’s degrees and seek career-enhancing insights, skills, and credentials. We focus on the college transition and adjustment and on college environment elements that enhance academic achievement, personal development and wellbeing. Students learn how college ultimately affects students on psychosocial, cognitive, moral and many other levels.

Certificate Highlights

  • Faculty are scholars and top administrators from the School of Education & Human Development and divisions of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
  • Student Life & Development components we explore include:
    • Student affairs
    • Residential college programming
    • Commuter student affairs
    • Orientation
    • Housing & dining
    • Campus clubs & organizations
    • Health center
    • Counseling center
    • Academic advising
    • Academic resources (disability, tutoring)
    • Student employment & career planning
    • International student services
    • Financial aid & scholarship
  • A Student Life & Development core of 6 credits is required. You can select another 6 credits at minimum with faculty guidance to meet your specific career goals.
  • An additional course or courses may be needed to attain the certificate, depending on experience and prior coursework.
  • Students earning a master’s degree in our Higher Education Administration Program outside the SL&D track can also complete this certificate.

AY 2024 SL&D Certificate Courses

Program Contacts

Program Director

Carol - Anne Phekoo
Clinical Associate Professor
Merrick Building 312-Y

Application Process Questions

Graduate Studies Office