The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (GCHIED) is designed to meet the continuing professional development needs of those involved in the field of higher education. This certificate is intended for individuals in teaching, supporting, or monitoring roles in public and private institutions of higher education in British Columbia and beyond. Students will complete coursework on the following topics: an introduction to the field of higher education; the historical, philosophical, economic, and sociological foundations of higher education; organization and administration of higher education; and the Canadian systems of higher education.

What makes the program unique?

Students studying in the GCHIED program may apply for admission to the MEd in Higher Education and transfer up to four certificate courses (12 credits) towards completion of the MEd program.


Program Structure

All students must complete:

  • EDST 493(3) Introduction to the Study of Higher Education
  • EDST 511(3) Organization and Administration of Higher Education
  • EDST 521(3) Foundations of Higher Education
  • EDST 536(3) Higher Education Systems in Canada

Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Tuition and Fees

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$48.50$48.50
Tuition *
Tuition per credit$511.13$733.86
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$1,116.60 (approx.)
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* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Further Information


Higher Education focuses on the study of institutions of higher education and their members, activities, and policies. The program draws on such disciplines and fields as history, philosophy, sociology, economics, political science, psychology, law, and administrative studies.

Faculty Overview


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