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Academic Advising Graduate Certificate

This program is available online – learn more at K-State Global Campus.

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 course work. All courses are offered online. Students in the graduate certificate program are designated as nondegree-seeking but must apply using the U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents application form. Financial aid is available for the master’s in academic advising, but is not available for the graduate certificate program.

More information about this program is also available on the academic advising blog. The blog includes resources for current advisors and students.

Required Courses

  • EDCEP 829 - Learning Principles (3 credits)
  • EDCEP 835 - Foundations of Academic Advising (3 credits)
  • EDCEP 838 - Student Development Theory (3 credits)
  • EDCEP 851 - Multicultural Aspects of Academic Advising (3 credits)
  • EDCEP 863 - Trends in Career Development (3 credits)

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. Course descriptions can be viewed in the Graduate Catalog.

Admission and Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

For Domestic Students: Applications are accepted throughout the year.

For International Students:

  • January 1 for Fall (August enrollment)
  • August 1 for Spring (January enrollment)
  • December 1 for Summer (June enrollment)
How to Apply

View admission details, transcript information and apply for the program through the K-State Graduate School application process. The website also includes an orientation to distance learning at Kansas State University.

Note: Applicants to the certificate in academic advising program are not required to provide letters of recommendation.

Graduate School Application Fee

Domestic Students: A $50 non-refundable application fee is required. Online applicants may use a credit card. The application will not be processed without this fee. If not paid online, a check payable to the K-State Graduate School must be submitted through the mail.

International Students: A $75 non-refundable application fee is required. Online applicants may use a credit card. The application will not be processed without this fee. If not paid online, an international cashier's check or money order (in U.S. funds) payable to the K-State Graduate School must be submitted through the mail. Cash or personal checks cannot be accepted from international students.


One official transcript is required from each college or university where a bachelor's degree was earned or any advanced course work or degree was completed. If you are admitted to the program, official transcripts must be sent directly to: Graduate School, Kansas State University, 103 Fairchild Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506 or electronically to kstategradtranscript@k-state.edu. A translation by an appropriate authority must also be provided for any transcripts that are not in English. Failure to list on the application any colleges or universities attended may result in dismissal from the university.

Statement of Goals and Professional Experience

Applicants must submit a professional resume or curriculum vitae along with a 1-2 page statement that includes the following information:

  • Career and professional goals and aspirations, and how being accepted to the program will benefit the goals and aspirations
  • The reason for interest in seeking the graduate certificate in academic advising
  • Evidence of motivation, leadership and strong work ethic
  • Professional experiences that support application

The paper is to be well written, thoughtfully presented and organized. For resources to help with writing the paper, visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).

The statement of goals and professional experience paper plus the resume should be uploaded and submitted with the electronic application.

International Students only
  • Provide official transcripts in English.
  • With the statement of goals and professional experience, include a statement that you are taking all courses through distance education and will not come to the U.S. for any course work involved in this program.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language. All international applicants must include with their application materials an official report of their scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International applicants are advised to take the TOEFL as early as possible to avoid delays in processing their applications for admission. Those who have received a degree in the last two years from a U.S. college or university are exempt from this requirement. For more information on TOEFL, visit the International Students section of the Graduate School website.
Application Review Process

Application materials will be reviewed by the Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs and a recommendation will be made to the Graduate School. Upon admission, letters are sent directly from the Graduate School to applicants. The review process may take up to eight weeks after all application materials are received.

Transferring Graduate Credit

Kansas State University accepts graduate credit from other institutions only under specific conditions. Review the Academic Advising Graduate Student Handbook for the specific criteria for the Academic Advising Graduate Certificate.

Questions about transfer credits should be directed to Dr. Ken Hughey at khughey@k-state.edu.

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