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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.

100% ONLINE COURSES

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

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12 CREDIT HOURS

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

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1 YEAR TO COMPLETE

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, Assistant Professor

How Much Will I Pay?

$764 per credit hour
$250 per credit hour active-duty rate

Tuition & Aid    

Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks.


Highlights

  • 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.
  • Earn your degree is 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.


Outcomes

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.


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

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete application for admission
  2. $40 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (have them 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 a regionally-accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 to be admitted in good standing (applicants with a lower GPA may obtain conditional admission)
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic and/or professional capabilities and potential (not friends or family members)
  • GRE scores (waived for applicants with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 during undergraduate studies or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 during graduate studies)
  • Resume and professional goals statement
    • Your professional statement must be 1-2 pages in length and address why you are interested in the program, how it relates to your career goals, the relationship between your personal and professional goals and your experience/interest in learning more about enacting and leading change in higher education
    • This document will also be used to assess your writing skills

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


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 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).

    • I don’t have a 2.75 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?

      The GRE requirement is waived for applicants with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 during undergraduate studies or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 during graduate studies. All others are required to provide GRE scores.

    • 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.