Student Affairs Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Student Affairs Administration is designed to prepare professionals who work in higher education settings with the foundations of practice, research, and theory related to working with diverse populations of college and university students.

This program will enhance knowledge and skills in:

  • Foundations of student affairs
  • Enrollment management and student retention
  • College student development theory
  • Campus environments
  • Career counseling

The program is open to everyone with a baccalaureate degree who is interested in working with college students, including faculty, staff, and administrators at NDSU and the surrounding colleges and universities. Current graduate students can also add this certificate to their plan of study.  

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Student Affairs Administration Certificate program, the applicant must:

  • Submit a letter of support from their supervisor (if applicable) as well as a one page statement of intent
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an educational institution of recognized standing
  • Have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all courses at the baccalaureate level

Certificate Requirements

The program of study requires four courses (12 credit hours), which may be taken in any order. 

EDUC 704Collegiate Environments3
EDUC 706Theories of College Student Development3
EDUC 708Higher Education Student Affairs and Enrollment Management3
CNED 714Career Counseling and Testing3
Total Credits12