Department of Organizational Leadership
Pawley Hall, Room 480B
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(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:
Leslee Rogers
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.
Program Overview
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.
Admissions Requirements
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.
Course Requirements
A total of four courses (16 credit hours) are required:

Required Core: 12 credit hours
  • EL 611: Contemporary American Higher Education - 4 credits
  • EL 612: Administering the College or University  - 4 credits
  • EL 613: Executive Processes of Leadership and Management - 4 credits
One Elective: 4 credits

EL 621: Resource Management in Higher Education - 4 credits


EL 625: Current Topics in Higher Education - 4 credits


Other elective with permission of PMC Coordinator - 4 credits