Graduate Certificates

We offer several Graduate Certificates (GC) as post-bachelor’s and post-master’s graduate credentials. Our graduate certificates require 18-22 semester hours. No transfer coursework is allowed into Graduate Certificates.

Our GC in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies requires a master’s degree for admission. It’s ideal for professional educators with master’s degrees in any field seeking to become school leaders. Requires 22 semester hours.

Our GC in Human Resource Management requires a bachelor’s degree or higher for admission. It’s ideal for professionals preparing for a career switch to the HR field and for HR professionals with master’s degrees in other fields to increase expertise in HR management. Requires 18 semester hours.

Our GC in Nonprofit Studies requires a bachelor’s degree or higher for admission. It’s ideal for professionals seeking to work in nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations, and for nonprofit professionals seeking to increase their expertise in nonprofit management and development. Requires 18 semester hours.

  • Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

    GC-ELPS Program of Study

    An earned graduate degree is required for admission.

    Total: 22 semester hours


    15 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses. Each course includes a 30-hour practicum.

    • EDUC 601U Foundations of Educational Leadership Studies
    • EDUC 602U Data for Decision-Making
    • EDUC 603U Leading and Supervising Instruction
    • EDUC 605U School Law and Policy for Ethical Leadership
    • EDUC 606U Organizational Operations in Human Resource and Fiscal Leadership

    Field Experience

    7 semester hours. Includes 170 hour practicum hours.

    • EDUC 610U Reflective Leadership Seminar I
    • EDUC 611U Reflective Leadership Seminar II

    Capstone Experience

    All candidates must complete a Capstone Assignment.

  • Human Resource Management

    GC-HRM Program of Study

    Total: 18 semester hours


    15 semester hours

    • HRM 531U Human Resource Management
    • HRM 532U Legal Issues in Human Resource Management
    • HRM 534U Strategic Human Resource Development
    • HRM 635U Managing Compensation and Benefits
    • HRM 657U HRM in the Global Environment


    3 semester hours. Select from among 500- and 600-level HRM courses not required for the certificate, including PSYC 530U and ECON 507U.

  • Nonprofit Studies

    GC-NPS Program of Study

    Total: 18 semester hours


    15 semester hours

    • NPS 501U Understanding the Nonprofit Sector
    • NPS 520U Financial Management and Budget Development
    • NPS 530U Law, Ethics and Governance
    • NPS 540U Resource Development and Promotion
    • NPS 550U Strategic Human Resource Management


    3 semester hours. Select 1 additional graduate-level Nonprofit Studies (NPS) course or another graduate-level course with approval from the chair.