• Certificate in College Admission Counseling

    Respond to the ever-changing landscape of college admission with a certificate designed to prepare professionals in any venue to counsel high school students through their post-secondary planning and admission processes.

    This certificate is designed to prepare professionals anywhere in the country from school counselors, career center specialists, and teacher of career classes, to individuals who are interested in developing an independent college counseling practice.

    With a College Admission Counseling Certificate from Hamline, you will:

    • Gain a comprehensive overview of postsecondary education options and key stakeholders to create a college-going culture.
    • Develop the skills to prepare and assist students in applying to postsecondary institutions.
    • Build tools for helping students with career development and assessment so they can make good decisions about their postsecondary education.
    • Examine issues pertaining to special populations (students of color, first generation, low socioeconomic status) and how to best counsel these populations for success in the college admission process.
    • Apply what you learn with a field-based project in a counseling venue that is close to you.

    Program Overview

    Flexible Structure: Fully online 
    Time to Complete: 12 months
    Program Begins: Fall, spring, and summer terms
    Curriculum: 5 courses, 16 credits
    Cost: View current tuition rates

    State Eligibility (Online Program Only):
    If you are applying to the Certificate for College Admission Counselors online program, please confirm that you reside in a state where Hamline University is authorized to provide online education. (Eligibility by state)


    Contact Graduate Continuing Studies at gcs@hamline.edu for enrollment information.


    Required Courses: (16 credits)

    • EDUC 7201: Fundamentals of Counseling the College Bound Student (3 credits)
    • EDUC 7202: Understanding the College Admission Process (3 credits)
    • EDUC 7203: Career Development and Assessment (3 credits)
    • EDUC 7204: Special Populations in College Counseling (3 credits)
    • EDUC 7206: Practicum in College Counseling (4 credits)

    Make your credits count for more. Hamline's College Admission Counseling Certificate may be applied to fulfill electives for Hamline's Master of Arts in Education (MAEd), Master of Arts in Education: Natural Science and Environmental Education, or Master of Arts in Literacy Education.

    Certificate Completion Process

    If you believe you have completed all of the requirements of the College Admission Counseling certificate, please request your printed certificate. Your transcript will be evaluated for completion. Certificates are processed monthly and you can expect to receive it within four to six weeks after your request. Congratulations on your hard work!

  • State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    State Eligibility

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, is required to obtain authorization from individual states to enroll students residing outside of Minnesota. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.  

    Complaint Process

    Hamline University is committed to providing outstanding online education. If you have a question, concern, or complaint about your online education experience at Hamline, please review our complaint process for online education at Hamline.