Executive Certificate In Higher Education Administration
Credit Hours
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total
Next Start Date
May 13, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Our Executive Certificate in Higher Education Administration Equips You to Lead with Confidence

Enhance your leadership abilities and knowledge of the operation of colleges and universities by earning Liberty University’s 100% online Executive Certificate in Higher Education Administration. If you’re a professional in the field of education looking for additional training at the post-graduate level but do not have the time or resources to pursue a degree program, this advanced certificate may provide the credentials you need to further your career. This certificate also provides a seamless transition to an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) program, which in turn provides the option to continue on to a corresponding doctoral degree.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Postsecondary Education Administrators, 2020 (viewed online June 16, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

The professors at Liberty University are ready to help you grow professionally as you gain knowledge in the advanced techniques and current trends of higher education administration.

Potential Careers with an Executive Certificate in Higher Education Administration

Our Executive Certificate in Higher Education Administration can help you prepare for several career paths. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are many different positions that could benefit from our accredited certificate:

  • Curriculum specialist
  • Educational consultant
  • Educational technology specialist
  • Postsecondary education instructor
  • Survey researcher
  • Training and development specialist
  • University administrator
  • University professor

The skills you gain in communication and leadership can help you in your current role at your organization or help prepare you for positions of elevated responsibility. Because some occupations may require that you have a doctorate, Liberty created Executive Certificates that can seamlessly transfer into one of our corresponding postgraduate or doctoral programs. You can transfer all 21 credits from this certificate into our Ed.S. in Higher Education Administration or our Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. Take the next step towards your personal and professional goals with an Executive Certificate from Liberty University.

Military Tuition Discount

If you have served in the military, we want to go above and beyond to show you our gratitude. That’s why we designed our 21-credit-hour certificates to work especially well for you. Earning an Executive Certificate makes you eligible for our military alumni doctoral discount — you’ll receive the discounted $275/credit hour military rate both during the certificate and later during the corresponding doctoral degree after you roll over your completed credits.*

If your plans to earn a doctoral degree lie further in the future, each certificate also stands on its own as a professional development credential, setting you apart from your peers and giving you the flexibility to start a doctoral degree whenever you’re ready. It’s one more way we show our appreciation.

Even if you later decide to pursue a doctoral degree in a different subject area, you’ll still receive a discounted rate during your doctorate as long as you’ve previously completed an Executive Certificate.*

*In order to retain a discounted rate, the doctoral degree must be started within 2 years of completing the Executive Certificate.

Please note: The $275/credit hour rate only applies to select education certificates/programs.

Why Should You Choose Liberty University’s Executive Certificate in Higher Education Administration?

Whether you are currently working in a leadership or administrative role or are preparing to advance your career, our online Executive Certificate in Higher Education Administration provides a convenient way to gain the skills and knowledge you need to successfully fill a management role at a college or university. This certificate can help you improve your leadership skills and apply your teaching and education experience to solve organizational problems at institutions of higher learning. 

Our online Executive Certificate in Higher Education Administration develops educators with a Christian worldview who can serve in schools with diligence and integrity. Our experienced professors teach theories of leadership styles and how those styles influence school personnel, the community, and instructional innovation within the school system.

What Will You Learn in our Online Executive Certificate in Higher Education Administration?

Throughout this executive certificate, you will study the sociological, cultural, and psychological needs of the unique students that make up your classroom. This will tie in with a study of the nature and management of educational organizations. You will also focus on the aspects of organizations and leadership of colleges and universities. You can explore assessment programs that inform curriculum planning in order to bring about measurable results for students. You can learn how to balance strategies to bring about continuous improvements while at the same time satisfying the requirements of accreditation agencies. 

Required Courses

  • EDUC 745 – Organizational Analysis & Problem Solving for Educators
  • EDUC 758 Teaching the College Student
  • EDUC 759 – College & University Administration
  • EDUC 782 Historical Perspectives of Higher Education
  • EDUC 783 Economic Impact in Higher Education
  • EDUC 784 Assessment and Accreditation
  • EDUC 845 – Policy Analysis
Certificate Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Program Highlights of the Executive Certificate in Higher Education Administration

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America. Earning your online certificate from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.

  • The majority of tuition for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • You can complete our online Executive Certificate in Higher Education Administration in as little as 1.5 years.
  • You may apply many credits earned in our online Executive Certificate in Higher Education Administration toward a relevant post-graduate or doctoral degree.

Executive Certificate in Higher Education Administration Information

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Roll these credits into the corresponding doctoral degree
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences).

Admission Requirements for our Executive Certificate in Higher Education Administration

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All Applicants Must Submit the Following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.