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Online Graduate Certificate in Organizational Change in Higher Education

The online graduate certificate in Organizational Change in Higher Ed is designed to prepare postsecondary administrators, staff and faculty members for professional practice related to understanding and managing organizational change within their institutions.

Offered by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville, the Organizational Change in Higher Ed graduate certificate will explore the skills you need to understand, manage, and influence organizational change in a college or university setting. Prepare for leadership by learning to implement, assess, and improve the systems and practices that support teaching and learning.


Complete this program on your own time through fully online classes.

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Earn a specialized certificate in just 4 courses (12 credit hours).

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Complete this certificate in as little as 2 semesters.

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"This program considers the vast amount of challenges universities face today. This certificate provides professionals in academic settings with the skills and experiences needed to become more effective administrators, while also encouraging data-driven decision making and assessments – the ideal ways to instigate change in postsecondary education."

Casey George, Ph.D.
Program Director

How Much Will I Pay?

Tuition & Aid    

This certificate does not qualify for financial aid. Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks.


  • Gain the skills you need to help your organization effectively navigate and enact change.
  • Learn to identify administrative challenges facing universities today and create strategies to overcome those challenges.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes and 24/7 access to learning tools.
  • Complete your program in as little as 1 year (full-time students).
  • Learn from world-class faculty who have extensive experience in the field.
  • Get a head start on your master’s program—all of the certificate courses count towards our online M.A. in Higher Education.


Across the industry, higher ed jobs are expected to grow 10% from 2016-2026, faster than the average across all industries. Furthermore, the median pay for administrative positions is projected at $92,360 annually (bls.gov).

College and university administrators, mid-career faculty members, emerging department chairs, community college instructors and other members of the academic profession who earn this certificate, are prepared to pursue positions of support and campus leadership roles in academic administration. Graduates of UofL’s online org change in higher ed certificate may apply all earned credits to the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration, also offered 100% online.

Preferred Application Deadline Term Start Date
August 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January
April 1 Summer May/June

Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete application for admission
  2. $40 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official transcript showing completed BA/BS degree (sent directly to UofL)


Admission Requirements

To enroll in the Online Graduate Certificate in Organizational Change in Higher Ed offered by the College of Business at the University of Louisville, you must apply as a graduate non-degree seeking student and meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution*
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 to be admitted in good standing (applicants with a lower GPA may obtain conditional admission)
  • GRE scores not required
  • Professional goals statement
    • The Admissions Committee evaluates applications based on how an applicant’s goals, professional experiences, and commitment to education are an appropriate fit with this program
    • This document will also be used to assess your writing skills
  • Current resume

Mail all materials to:
Graduate Admissions
University of Louisville
2211 S. Brook Street
Louisville, KY 40292

*See the Graduate School Transfer of Credit Policy for more information.

For additional questions regarding your graduate application, please contact gradadm@louisville.edu. Please do not send application materials to this email.

International Students

International students whose primary language is not English must show English language proficiency. These applicants must either submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score, or hold a baccalaureate degree from an English language institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

  1. All transcripts not in English must be certified as authentic and translated verbatim in English by an approved official agency.
  2. English language proficiency can be documented by attaining one of the following:
    • Total score of 80 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test, or 500 or higher on the paper-based test.
    • Official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or higher for the academic module.

Note: International students will not be issued a U.S. visa if admitted to an online program, since there are no campus attendance requirements.

The online graduate certificate in Organizational Change in Higher Education is a 12-credit hour program. The program of study must be completed with a 3.00 overall GPA with passing grades in all courses.

Course List Hours
LEAD 680 Legal Issues in Higher Education 3
LEAD 684 Educational Resource Management in Postsecondary Education 3
LEAD 694 Diversity in Higher Education 3
LEAD 697 Organizational Improvement in Higher Education 3
Total Required Credit Hours 12

Course Descriptions

    • Is there a part-time option? How long will it take to complete the program part-time?

      Yes, you can earn the certificate as a part-time student.

    • Do I need to have administrative experience to be admitted to the program?

      Administrative experience is preferred, but it is not a hard requirement.

    • Is this program open to international students?

      Yes, this program is available for international students.

    • Does my bachelor’s degree need to be in a related field?

      No, we welcome applicants from all academic backgrounds.

    • Is there a GPA requirement?

      Yes, you must have a minimum of GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

    • I don’t have a 2.5 GPA, could I be accepted provisionally?

      Provisional admission may be possible. The Admissions Committee will assess applications on a case-by-case basis carefully considering all qualifications.

    • Is the GRE required?

      No, the GRE is not required for admission.

    • Are there any additional fees outside of tuition?

      No, there are no additional fees. However, you will need to purchase your textbooks according to your coursework.

    • Can I transfer in credits?

      No, this program does not accept transfer credits.

    • Can I complete this graduate certificate in tandem with another graduate program at UofL?

      Yes, you can enroll in more than one program, but you must apply separately to each program. The certificate credits can be applied towards achieving your master’s in Higher Education Administration.

    • Will I earn the certificate in Organizational Change in Higher Ed while I complete the master’s in Higher Education Administration program?

      To get a certificate, you must apply for a certificate. So, students would want to apply to the certificate program and then, once completed, they would apply for the master’s program separately.

    • How long are the courses?

      The capstone course is only available as a 16-week (one semester) course. The 3 other required courses are offered in an 8-week or 16-week format during the Fall and Spring semesters, and may be offered in accelerated formats during Winter and Summer terms.

    • Can I take summer classes?

      Yes, all of the courses are offered during the summer term.