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Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising

Academic Advising
Graduate Certificate
Issues and skills for delivering effective academic advising
Course Delivery
Application Requirements
Completion Requirements
15 credit hours

The academic advising graduate certificate prepares professionals who are entering the field of academic advising to expand their knowledge of topics relevant to academic advising including learning theory, student development theory, multicultural issues, career development, and foundations of academic advising. The program also provides a benefit to practicing academic advisors, administrators, and faculty interested in becoming more knowledgeable in these areas.

To receive the certificate, students must complete the 15 credit hours of graduate coursework. All courses are offered online. Students in the graduate certificate program are designated as non-degree seeking.


Students enrolling in the K-State Graduate Certificate Program in Academic Advising must be admitted to the K-State Graduate School. A student with a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 from an accredited institution can expect to be admitted to the certificate program. Students may not enroll in classes as a nondegree K-State Global Campus student.

Course Delivery

All coursework is offered at a distance via K-State Online, the course management system at Kansas State University. Classes are made up of readings, videos, discussion boards, or other online learning activities. Classes vary in format. There may be quizzes, tests, or papers, but students will not be required to have a proctor. Students work independently; yet share comments and questions via K-State Online. Classes are delivered within a semester time frame. Fall and spring terms are 16 weeks. Summer classes are four or eight weeks long.

Length of Program

If students take one class per term, they can reasonably finish the graduate certificate in about two years. If students take two classes per term, they could finish the coursework in about one year. If students do not take classes for two years, they are put on inactive status and must reapply to the program. Courses may not be more than six years old when the certificate program is completed.

Required Courses

  • EDCEP 829. Learning Principles (3 hrs)
  • EDCEP 835. Foundations of Academic Advising (3 hrs)
  • EDCEP 838. The College Student and the College Environment (3 hrs)
  • EDCEP 851. Multicultural Aspects of Academic Advising (3 hrs)
  • EDCEP 863. Trends in Career Development (3 hrs)

There are no prerequisites for any of the academic advising courses, and there is no specific order in which the courses must be completed. Courses are offered on a rotational basis. Students may take the courses in the order that works best for them. However, it is recommended that all students take EDCEP 835 - Foundations of Academic Advising during the first or second semester in the program.

Descriptions of the courses are available on the Courses Page.


Distance education fees are the same for Kansas residents and out-of-state students. Tuition and fees for the 2013-14 year are $486.80 per graduate credit hour for distance learning courses. Tuition is subject to change by the Kansas Board of Regents and is finalized each year for the upcoming fall semester in late June or early July. All academic advising courses are three credit hours.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid is available for the master’s degree but not for the graduate certificate program.

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