The Higher Education Leadership and Management Graduate Certificate (HELM) is a 15-credit academic concentration focused on the study of leadership, management and organization in higher education and the intersection of theory and practice. It is designed for the many current and future leaders in higher education who could benefit from additional leadership training but who do not wish to commit to a degree program at the current time. Credits earned can be applied towards a master’s or doctoral degree in Higher Education at UMass Amherst if you decide later that you would like to pursue a degree. See HELM at UMass Amherst Higher Education Program.
You may be interested in pursuing the HELM Graduate Certificate if you are a:
The HELM Graduate Certificate is most suitable for those who already have several years of experience working in higher education.
The certificate is fully online. It can be completed in one year by taking two classes in each of the fall and spring semesters, and the final course in the summer. Or, courses can be spread out over more semesters.
The HELM graduate certificate is administered through UMass Amherst Continuing & Professional Education (C&PE). For more information on C&PE tuition and fees, see https://www.umassulearn.net/financial-info/fees-expenses.
Tuition waivers for eligible state employees for Continuing & Professional Education courses offer a 50% discount on the course tuition. For more information on tuition waivers, see https://www.umassulearn.net/financial-info/waivers.
Current UMass Amherst graduate students and employees can choose classes that are offered in face-to-face sessions (usually EDUC 674 Leading Higher Education and EDUC 621 Managing Higher Education) for which tuition waivers apply. Other classes must be taken through Continuing and Professional Education.
Admission is on a rolling basis.
You must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. You may take up to two courses before you officially apply to the program.
Materials required for admission include: application form, personal statement, resume, transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, and two letters of reference.
Submit your application materials to:
Kate Hudson, Coordinator, HELM Graduate Certificate
College of Education, N122 Furcolo
813 North Pleasant Street
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts, 01003
Materials can also be submitted electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If, after you complete the requirements for the Higher Education Leadership and Management certificate, you apply to and enroll in the master’s or doctoral concentration in Higher Education at UMass Amherst, you will be able to apply all 15 credits toward that degree. Details are available through the Coordinator.
Benita J. Barnes (Associate Professor), Elizabeth Bennett (Adjunct Lecturer), Joseph B. Berger (Professor and Senior Associate Dean), Chrystal George Mwangi (Assistant Professor), Shane Hammond (Adjunct Lecturer), Katherine Hudson (Lecturer), Ezekial Kimball (Assistant Professor), Ryan Wells (Associate Professor), Susan Wyckoff (Adjunct Lecturer)