Graduate Certificate in Organizational Change in Higher Education

The UofL Graduate Certificate in Organizational Change in Higher Education (OCHE) prepares college and university administrators, mid-career faculty members, emerging department chairs, community college instructors and other members of the academic community for professional practice related to understanding and managing organizational change within their institutions and units. Comprised of four classes, each will also count toward the Master's in Higher Education Administration. The courses are offered each semester, and can be completed asynchronously online or in person, with face-to-face classes taking place in the evenings at the Belknap Campus.

Program Highlights

  • Gain in-demand skills required to effectively navigate and enact change
  • Learn to identify and resolve administrative challenges facing universities today
  • Complete in one (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.


For more details about program curriculum, visit the Graduate Catalog.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Candidates will apply as a graduate non-degree seeking student; application steps are below. 

  • Complete application for admission
  • $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit official transcript reflecting completed Bachelor's degree (have them sent directly to UofL)
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution required
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 to be admitted in good standing (applicants with a lower GPA may obtain conditional admission)
  • 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
  • No GRE required

Note: Current UofL Graduate Students only need to submit their application and application fee to apply to the program.

This program is open to all eligible students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

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

Preferred Application Deadline

Admission Term

August 1


December 1


April 1


Note: Students are admitted on a rolling basis, but applying by the preferred deadline allows for students to complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance, and enroll before the term begins.

For additional questions regarding your graduate application, please contact 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.