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  • Graduate Certificate in Student Development and Affairs


    The accredited online Graduate Certificate in Student Development and Affairs prepares students to meet the on-going societal changes and transformations that are affecting institutions of higher education. University administrators will need to learn how to make colleges supportive, learning rich environments for all students ranging from traditional students to adult students. The program will help participants learn how to develop policies and practices that allow students to stay connected to each other and the institution in the face of technological and societal trends that will increasingly foster disconnectedness.

    Program Features

    • A flexible, completely online program that fits easily into your busy work and personal schedule
    • Named one of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” preparing today’s educators by U.S. News & World Report
    • Drexel’s teacher education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
    • A highly interactive online learning method allows extensive interaction with faculty and other classmates

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses 
    EDHE 500Foundations of Higher Education3.0
    EDHE 520Student Development & Customer Service Management3.0
    EDHE 530Higher Education Law3.0
    Select three of the following:9.0
    EDHE 652
    Enrollment Marketing, Recruitment & Retention 
    EDHE 662
    Critical Issues in Student Affairs 
    EDHE 663
    Safety and Crisis Management 
    EDHE 669
    Diversity in Higher Education 
    Total Credits18.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA) 
      • The cumulative GPA for graduate course work begun, but not to date completed, will be considered along with an applicant's undergraduate GPA
      • Provisional admission may be considered if your undergraduate GPA is between 2.70 to 2.99, but your other admissions materials are strong

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
    • An essay describing why you're interested in pursuing this program
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $894 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1192 per credit)

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    Apply today for the Graduate Certificate in Student Development and Affairs

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