Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration — Charlotte

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration provides participants with an understanding of managerial, operational, and strategic concepts that lead to effective administration.

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Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months


The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration is designed to provide participants with an overall understanding of managerial concepts as well as the operational and strategic concepts that lead to effective administration. This program is best suited for individuals seeking mid- to senior-level administrative roles and individuals interested in transitioning from industry and other organizations into academia.

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Unique Features

  • Program suited for individuals seeking mid- to senior-level administrative roles and individuals interested in transitioning into academia
  • Credits can be applied toward the Master of Education, Higher Education Administration Concentration

Career Outlook

The effective administration of higher education institutions has never been so critical than at this time. Consider:

  • European and Asian universities are ascending in quality; increasing as market forces
  • The electronic delivery of education is escalating, creating new pedagogy and delivery models

To meet these challenges, as well as changing demographics, financial concerns, and legal and policy requirements, administrators and leaders in higher education need to be increasingly sophisticated and knowledgeable.

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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General Requirements

Required Core Courses



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Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resumé: Current resumé that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Winter 2021 Deadline
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (First half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (Second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (First half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (Second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (Start date: July 12, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Education & Learning alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.


  • Where They Work

    • Boston Public Schools
    • Chicago Public Schools
    • NYC Department of Education
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Tufts University
  • What They Do

    • Education
    • Community and Social Services
    • Business Development
    • Human Services
    • Entrepreneurship
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Teaching
    • Public Speaking
    • Curriculum Development
    • Leadership
    • Research


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Career Opportunities and Services


Did You Know?

Higher education job growth for administrators is expected to grow by 19% by 2020.


Students have the option to take the MEd program with three concentration options, or the MEd in Higher Education Administration, to ensure the coursework aligns with their professional goals.

Did You Know?

All MEd students create ePortfolios, an example of their mastery in new topics and fields through documentation, assessment, and integration of coursework with their workplace experience. Students leverage this body of work throughout the program and after, as a key piece of their personal brand. 

From Our Faculty

"An ideal student for our program is someone who is looking to make a change in education, whatever that context is. Someone who is looking for an opportunity to grow and gain new knowledge not only to advance their career, but impact the field of education." —Lydia Young, Associate Teaching Professor, Graduate School of Education and Director of NExT

From Our Alumni

"From day one of class I was able to apply the materials in my current position. Now, I feel equipped with the tools I need to pursue a leadership position in higher education." — Lisa P, Alumna