Community College Leadership Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

The CAGS in Community College Leadership enables students interested in advanced competency coursework to engage with relevant coursework without matriculating into the Ed.D. program. Community college leaders who have a master’s degree and experience in other higher education sectors or industry will seek out the CAGS to gain requisite understanding of the 2-year college sector. The CAGS also allows students who are unsuccessful in the doctoral program as a result of an inability to pass the Benchmark II (BMII) [the program’s comprehensive exam] to be recognized for the successful completion of the program’s core courses and the community college specific track courses. A student who has made a B- or better, and earned no more than two B-, in the required courses may be eligible for the CAGS in Community College Leadership.


The Community College Leadership CAGS is a part-time program offered in face-to-face format. It requires the completion of 13 graduate semester hours.


The following courses make up the Community College Leadership Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study program.

  • 5 Courses / 13 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
EDAM 27784 Introduction to the Community College 1
EDAM 27704 Changing Organizations 3
EDAM 27782 The American Community College 3
EDAM 27780 Community College Leadership And Governance 3
EDAM 27781 Community College Budgeting And Finance 3
Total Program Semester Hours: 13

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Master's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Community College Leadership Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Spring 2020 01/21/2020 11/01/2019

Tuition & Costs

Rate Fees Per Semester Hour
$716 $161.55 $877.55