Higher Education Leadership

The Leadership in Higher Education Certificate prepares graduates for a variety of institutional roles in higher education, with an emphasis on developing leadership skills for organizational change. A unique graduate program for emerging higher education professionals, our program provides you with the leadership capacity to face organizational challenges in today’s colleges and universities.

Attend an upcoming virtual Graduate Open House. 

Make an Impact

Our graduates are making an impact in a range of areas.

Common Areas of Employment

  • Pre-college programs
  • Athletics
  • Residence education
  • Administration
  • Student involvement
  • Institutional advancement

Program Requirements

Students can earn a master's degree or graduate certificate.

The coursework is aimed at working professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of functions such as student affairs, to gain an understanding of how schools assess, plan and change, and also who want to develop insight into the complex and changing "big picture" of higher education.


Jamie Gairo, Ph.D.

Interim Program Director of the MA Organizational Leadership and MS Higher Education Assessment, Analytics and Change Management Programs

jgairo [at] rider.edu

Education building with flowers in front of it.