Doctoral-Level Certificate in Strengths-Oriented Higher Education

A student walks out of Azusa Pacific University’s Darling Library.

The PhD in Higher Education program offers a 10-unit Doctoral-Level Certificate in Strengths-Oriented Higher Education. Designed for educators and leaders who wish to deepen their knowledge and application of a strengths development model to their work in higher education, the certificate consists of three courses.


Opening Course
HED 701Strengths-Oriented Leadership4
Choose from the following:
HED 705Student Access, Equity, and Success in College4
- OR -
HED 724Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in Higher Education4
Concluding Course
HED 761Strengths-Oriented Research and Programming2
Total Units10

This program is offered on the Azusa campus, comprising two weeks in January and two weeks in July, and program participants join existing cohorts of doctoral students in their classes. The doctoral credits from the certificate may be transferred to any other university. Participants must have a master’s degree or higher with a GPA of at least 3.0 at the graduate level to be eligible for admission to this program and must complete all certificate courses with a B- or above.

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University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.