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Graduate Certificate in Senior Diversity Officer Leadership

Become an innovative leader working on integrating diversity and inclusiveness roles in your future career. This online program will prepare you to fulfill executive positions and gain leadership knowledge to promote organizational change.

This program offers rolling admission. Submit your application prior to the deadline to receive a timely decision.

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At a Glance

Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
07/26/2024
Start Date:
08/26/2024

Spring 2025

Application Due Date:
12/13/2024
Start Date:
01/13/2025

Summer 2024

Application Due Date:
04/13/2024
Start Date:
05/13/2024

Credits and Tuition Cost (2023-2024)

Credits Required: 9
Cost Per Credit: $737.00

Format

Fully Online

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Graduate Certificate in Senior Diversity Officer Leadership overview

Program format
Format
Fully Online
Total credits
Total Credits
9

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What You'll Learn

Overview

Develop the competencies needed to serve as a leader for inclusive excellence and organizational change. Gain the leadership knowledge and skills needed to fill executive level positions and pursue innovative best practices in your DEI work and future career. Be mentored by experienced senior diversity officers from across the nation.

 

A significant feature of the Graduate Certificate and new Ph.D. Specialization in Diversity Equity and Inclusion will be the opportunity to network and build mentoring relationships with senior diversity officers active in the field. Through partnerships with INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and the UK College of Education’s Education and Civil Rights Initiative in collaboration with the NAACP, students will build a network of connections and mentored relationships to assure success in their careers. 

Course Examples

  • EPE 751 Strategy, Structure, & Change Management for Senior Diversity Leadership
  • EPE 752 Policy & Practice SDO Leadership
  • Students will also complete one guided elective course in organizational leadership from a pre-existing selection in the Department of Educational Leadership.
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How to Apply

Application Requirements

Standard graduate application requirements apply.

CV Personal Statement -A narrative statement that highlights your career progression to present and identifies how your professional experience relates to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Also identify how you plan to use this certificate.

DEI Essay -Answer the question “Why is Diversity a compelling interest in Education or related field?" 3-4 pages

Two letters of recommendation (provide email contact only)

At the request of program faculty, an interview (via phone or zoom) may be required.

Admissions Criteria

Program Contact

Jane McEldowney Jensen
Director of Graduate Studies

Deadlines

Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
07/26/2024
Start Date:
08/26/2024

Spring 2025

Application Due Date:
12/13/2024
Start Date:
01/13/2025

Summer 2024

Application Due Date:
04/13/2024
Start Date:
05/13/2024

Distance Learning

Licensure & Authorization

Where you live matters when completing distance education activities. If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Distance Learning Authorization & Licensure page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state or country, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state. Please note: Admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa. 

AUTHORIZATION & LICENSURE INFO
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Student Support

Once you become a student, you will have access to a wide variety of academic support services to maximize your success. These services are available completely online to meet the needs of our online students.

Why UK Online

No GRE

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No test scores required.

UK degree

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Degrees are conferred by the University of Kentucky, an accredited university.

Grad tuition cap

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Save money by paying for only 9 standard credit hours per semester, even if you take more.

Flexible schedule

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Fit learning into your busy schedule with no prescribed class times.
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