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Post Master's Certificate in Student Affairs Administration, Certificate


Enhance your resume with a Post-Master's certificate in higher education.

Post-Master’s certificates in higher education are designed to meet the professional development, re-tooling, or career advancement needs of individuals who have already earned a master’s degree in higher education or a related field. Certificate seekers should have two or more years of professional work experience in higher education. A Post-Master’s certificate may also be useful to individuals planning to go on for a doctoral program in higher education.

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Student Affairs Administration focuses on student growth and development. Courses are specific to roles in student development-centered support services and campus life areas of higher education. These roles include academic resource and advising services, accessibility services, and career services. The program also prepares for roles in student life, such as new student programming/orientation, health and wellness, residence life and student housing, student engagement and leadership, Greek life, and multicultural/diversity services.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions to the M.Ed. Higher Education programs and certificates are evaluated on a rolling basis. 

Application Checklist Items

  • Standardized Exam Required: No
  • Official Transcripts Required: Yes
  • Personal Statement Required: Yes
  • Letters of Recommendation: 1 Required
  • Resume Required: Yes


The 12-credit Post-Master’s certificate program in Student Affairs Administration will include the following three-credit courses:

  • MHE 511 Helping and Supporting Students
  • MHE 512 History, Values, Philosophy
  • MHE 513 College Student Services
  • Elective

Academic Catalog

Course Requirements


Tuition & Fees

Program Costs
  • Tuition/credit hour: $690
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $120

Tuition Deferment

DeSales University offers graduate students the opportunity to defer payment of their tuition when they will be receiving reimbursement from their employer or when they are eligible to receive financial aid. A copy of your employer's tuition reimbursement policy must be forwarded to the Treasurer's Office and/or all necessary financial aid paperwork must be filed with the Financial Aid Office before tuition deferment is granted. 

Tuition deferment is a privilege given to graduate students at DeSales and can be revoked if this privilege is abused. Please note that you, as the student, are responsible for payment of your tuition balance in the event that your financial aid/loans or employer reimbursement is not received by the Treasurer's Office.

Tuition Reimbursement

When a student is eligible for tuition reimbursement from his/her employer, written evidence of eligibility is required. The student is responsible for requesting this reimbursement from his/her employer. In cases where reimbursement is contingent upon successful completion of the course(s) and the student either withdraws or does not achieve a grade sufficient to warrant maximum reimbursement, the student is ultimately responsible for payment for the course(s).

Refund on Withdrawal

A refund of tuition payments will be made to a student who withdraws from a course. In all cases, credits will be calculated from the date the student completed the official withdrawal form, and the rebate will be based on the schedule shown listed below. 

Refunds apply to tuition only. If a student is allowed to enroll by use of the deferred payment procedure, any funds due the University are immediately due and payable upon withdrawal.

Withdrawal during the add/drop period is 100% of tuition refunded. The schedule below is for withdrawal after the first class after the close of the add/drop period. 

Three-Credit Courses

  • Withdrawal after 1st class: 80% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 2nd class: 65% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 3rd class: 50% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 4th class: 25% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 5th class: No refund

Weekend and Accelerated Courses

  • No refund is made after the course has begun.

One-Credit Courses

  •  No refund is made after the course has begun.

Online Learning at DeSales

Attending classes from an off-campus location can be an excellent option for many busy students. Distance education at DeSales encompasses everything from video conference courses to hybrid (a combination of in-class and online) to online courses. 

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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education