Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising

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The online Academic Advising Certificate is designed for both beginners and experienced individuals interested in academic advising for higher education institutions.  This certificate will provide enhanced training for academic advising professionals and is also valuable for individuals who have supervisory or leadership responsibilities in academic advising. The certificate requires 15 hours of graduate credit.

This Graduate Certificate is eligible to receive Title IV funding – Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Graduate PLUS loans by request. To be considered for aid, students need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Applicants seeking admission to the graduate certificate in academic advising must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. Three Recommendation Forms

Application Deadlines

  1. November 1 - Spring
  2. July 1 - Fall

The certificate requires completion of fifteen hours of graduate credit.

Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising
Specified Courses
HIED 5367Diverse Student Populations3
HIED 5370Career Advising in Higher Education3
HIED 5390Concepts in Academic Advising3
HIED 6360Student Services In Higher Education3
HIED 6372Practicum in Higher Education 13
Total Hours15

Selection of a practicum site should be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state's 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers. Marketable skills are those valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Strong knowledge in academic advising theories.
  • Enhanced training for academic advising.
  • Expanded competences for support of students from different types of institutions.
  • Training and knowledge for career advising.