Certificate in Leadership in Aging Services

About the Program

This interdisciplinary certificate prepares students for leadership positions within the senior housing and healthcare industry, including long-term care administration. With satisfactory completion of undergraduate course work in accounting and these courses related to laws and regulations concerning long term care, the aging process and administrative and financial aspects of operation, students meet course work requirements for the examination required to be licensed as a Nursing Home Administration in Illinois.

This certificate is open to any NIU graduate student or graduate student-at-large in good academic standing in the university.

Program Mode of Delivery

Core major courses for this program are delivered online.


A minimum of 18 credits are required for the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Aging Services. The curriculum is comprised of 12 credit hours of required course work in administration and management of aging services and 6 additional credits of elective courses. Students must maintain a cumulative minimum 3.00 GPA in all course work to continue in the certificate program. Information about specific course requirements can be found in the NIU course catalog.

Applying to the Program

If you are not currently enrolled as an NIU graduate student: First, you will apply as a Student at Large (SAL) through the Graduate School. To submit an application, you must upload proof that you have received a baccalaureate or higher degree. Proof may include an unofficial copy of a transcript, teaching license or photocopy of a diploma. Visit the Students-at-Large Admission page to learn more or to apply.

After you complete the SAL application, complete the certificate program application with the School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

If you are currently enrolled as an NIU graduate student: Begin by completing the certificate program application with the School of Family and Consumer Sciences.


Visit the School of Family and Consumer Sciences faculty and staff directory to learn more about the professionals who will help you gain valuable knowledge in the field.

Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Online graduate certificate
College: College of Health and Human Sciences, School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Credits Required: 18 credits
Tuition per Credit: $509.75
$878.99 (international)
(Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring December 1

For international students living abroad

Term Deadline
Fall October 1
Spring December 1



Contact Yujun Liu, Ph.D. at lyujun@niu.edu or 815-753-1301

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