Department of Organizational Leadership

Pawley Hall, Room 480B
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2730

Educational Leadership

Pawley Hall, Room 480D
(248) 370-3070
fax: (248) 370-4605

Human Resource Development

Pawley Hall, Room 475E
(248) 370-4109
fax: (248) 370-4095

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Program Coordinator: 
Jana Nidiffer, Ed.D.
480B Pawley Hall
(248) 370-4204

Department Secretary:
Ann Marie Lindstrom
480D Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3070

Post Master's Certificate in Higher Education

The Post Master's Certificate in Higher Education offers a flexible opportunity to learn more about higher education for practitioners in the field and explore possible career options for those not already working in higher education. It is designed for working professionals. Our courses are offered in the evenings and courses may be taken in any sequence to offer you maximum flexibility.
The Post Master’s Graduate Certificate (PMC) in Higher Education is designed for current or aspiring administrators who want to update and expand their knowledge of higher education, explore the social justice and transformational potential of colleges and universities, and hone their leadership skills.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the tremendous variety of American higher education organizations and institutions. In addition, you will undertake in-depth examinations of contemporary higher education policies, practices, issues, and challenges and explore the relationship of higher education to American society.

The PhD in Educational Leadership requires everyone to complete a cognate in addition to other course work. The Higher Education cognate consists of 28 credit hours (7 courses). The completed PMC will count as the first 16 of the 28 required credit hours of the cognate.
As long as you have a master’s degree (in any field) with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and are not currently enrolled in a doctoral program, you may apply for the PMC. If you already have a terminal degree (e.g. PhD, LLD, MSW, MFA, etc.) in another field you are also welcome to apply.

If you do not already have a graduate degree, you may be interested in our Master of Education in of Higher Education Leadership program.
A total of four courses (16 credit hours) are required:

Required Core: 12 credit hours
  • EL 6500: Contemporary American Higher Education - 4 credits
  • EL 6510: Administering the College or University  - 4 credits
  • EL 6520: Executive Processes of Leadership and Management - 4 credits
One Elective: 4 credits

EL 7540: Resource Management in Higher Education - 4 credits

EL 6900: Current Topics in Higher Education - 4 credits


Other elective with permission of PMC Coordinator - 4 credits
Dan Arnold Head Shot

In addition to the outstanding learning experience I had in this program, I made many new personal connections. The combination of the learning and personal connections has had a tremendously positive impact on my career.

– Dan Arnold

Laura Klein Head Shot

The Higher Education program provides a rich opportunity for students to expand their knowledge of the changing landscape in higher education practices. Through relevant coursework, highly recognized faculty, and unique professional experiences, I gained a broader perspective of higher education and its impact on society."

– Laura B. Klein

Stephanie Lee Head Shot

After working in higher education for over 20 years, it is refreshing to learn new concepts and hear others experience.  This program provides a lot of innovative ways to engage student success and I love it!

– Stephanie J. Lee

Jess Tess Navarro Head Shot

I greatly appreciate the strong social justice lens of the Higher Education program at OU, as well as the diversity of students and high-quality teaching from instructors. I have learned so much from this program and enjoyed a great sense of community!

– Jessica Tess-Navarro

Lynda Poly-Droulard Head Shot

The PMC in Higher Education changed how I approach every day in and out of the classroom. I did not know what I did not know. As I said after my first class, “The courses are invaluable and can benefit every professor on campus!”

– Lynda Poly-Droulard