Graduate Certificate Program Student Affairs in Higher Education

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Student Affairs in Higher Education Graduate Certificate Overview

Student affairs leadership is one of the most diverse and important roles in higher education. Help students begin their academic experience, meet their academic goals, get leadership experience on campus, and define their future career path. Student affairs in higher education is both ever-changing and multifaceted and is critical in postsecondary institutions as well as in informal adult-education settings. The Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate certificate is designed for professionals from any work background. If you want to stand up for students and help them through sometimes challenging and always interesting situations, this certificate program will help you succeed in your career.

Degree Details

  • GC
    Graduate Certificate
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Student Affairs in Higher Education Graduate Certificate: Why PSU?

The program is perfect for those who appreciate a theory-to-practice focus. PSU is the public research university for the Portland metro area. The courses in the Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate certificate are taught by faculty who have years of practical experience in the field as well as doctoral-level preparation. Our students also appreciate the opportunity to apply what they are learning immediately. In this way, the Student Affairs in Higher Education certificate program demonstrates PSU’s mission to incorporate the needs of the whole student. The program nurtures strong convictions and fearless confidence in students. These are critical to academic success, which then translates to real-world situations and complex challenges. This is supported by PSU’s determination to foster within each student generous self-respect leading to maximum impact.

What can I do with a graduate certificate in Student Affairs in Higher Education?

Graduates work in student affairs in higher education, both colleges and universities as well as community-based adult-education settings. With this graduate certificate, you will apply student learning and development theories in student affairs settings, either in colleges/universities or in community organizations.

Featured Courses

  • ELP 525 Student Services in Higher Education
  • ELP 526 Facilitating Student Success
  • ELP 527 Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • ELP 506 Culminating Project


  • Any ELP 511-599 course


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).