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Certificate of Graduate Study

Community College Leadership

Program of Study

Community College Core 

  • Community Colleges 
  • Administration of the Community College or Leadership for Cradle to Career Education Systems

Leadership Elective (choose one)

  • Adult and Continuing Education 
  • Administration of Institutions of Higher Education 
  • Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education 
  • Higher Education Finance 

Analytical Elective (choose one)

  • Introduction to Organizational Leadership 
  • Introduction to Social Analysis 
  • Quantitative Methods in Educational Leadership


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

Sample Courses

Community Colleges

Survey the policies and social and economic history of community colleges in the United States. Topics include institutional purpose and development, and trends in the field.

Administration of the Community College

Learn how two-year colleges are organized and managed, and complete a major project in your area of interest. Topics include finance, governance, and academic program administration. 

Adult and Continuing Education

Expand your understanding of the scope, organization, and coordination of adult education systems, and how they can be integrated with community development programs. 

Introduction to Organizational Leadership

Increase your knowledge of the structure and processes of educational organizations and learn how to motivate employees. Topics include technology, strategic goal-setting, external relations, and organizational change.


Increasing Job Opportunities


Senior leadership positions at community colleges continue to open up as large numbers of administrators whose careers began in the 1960s and 1970s start to retire. In 2012, the American Council of Community Colleges found that 75% of community college presidents planned to retire by 2022.

For more information, contact Gina Giuliano at [email protected]

Earning the certificate prepares you to work in administrative units such as:

  • Academic Advising
  • Enrollment Management
  • Student Affairs
  • Financial Aid
  • Advancement
  • Institutional Research 


Downtown Albany
Located in a Vibrant Education Hub

The city of Albany provides an ideal backdrop for post-secondary education studies, applied learning experiences, and higher education policy analysis, as it is the New York State capital, headquarters for the largest higher education system  in the country (SUNY), and home to numerous public and private colleges and universities.

New York State government is also leading  higher education policy reform in areas such as sexual harassment, diversity and inclusion, and affordability.

If you're aiming for certain professional goals; and a colleague or supervisor who supports your career plans  can speak to your qualifications, this graduate program may be a good fit for you.

"The CGS in Community College Leadership provides students with a broad understanding of the two-year community college and its roles in the U.S. higher education system."

- Teniell Trolian, Assistant Professor

Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: Rolling
  • Summer: Rolling

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
    Letters of recommendation should include one from a supervisor or colleague outlining the applicant's qualifications, interest, and likely trajectory, and one professional/academic reference.

Supplemental Documents


Personal Statement
The personal statement should include experience, interest, and expectations for the certificate program.


*A minimum GPA of 3.0 and/or 5 years of work experience (any setting).

Special Notes

Please note, this program is not eligible for federal financial aid.

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

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