Graduate Diploma in Post-Secondary Education (Student Affairs and Services)

The Graduate Diploma in Post-Secondary Education (Student Affairs and Services) is scheduled for a Fall semester 2024 start with an initial application deadline of February 1st, 2024.

Program Information

The Graduate Diploma in Post-Secondary Education (Student Affairs and Services) will provide concentrated study in theory and practice pertaining to student development, services, programs and initiatives that support student success in post-secondary education. The Graduate Diploma is intended for student affairs and services practitioners, administrators, and educators within post-secondary education.

Students will engage in an in-depth study of the theoretical models of student development, historical and contemporary influences on the profession, philosophies, values and ethics of professional practice, administration and organizational structures, assessment, evaluation and research, and technological and media innovations.

All courses are available fully online and will include post-secondary professionals across Canada for an informative and stimulating experience. Students will commence their studies in the Fall semester and complete the program on a part-time basis over four semesters. This program serves as a pathway into the Master of Education (Post-Secondary Education).

Graduates of this program will be well-positioned, with a specialized student affairs and services credential, to seek advancement within their careers and/or move into senior level positions.

Online Program
All courses included in the program are delivered by distance education. On-campus attendance is not required.

The Post-Secondary (PS) Education Program in the Faculty of Education, Memorial University plays a critically important role in teacher/instructor education, both in terms of initial certification and upgrading of credentials in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Most instructors certified to teach in Newfoundand and Labrador's colleges have received their educational credentials through the PS program at Memorial. The provincial context for post-secondary education is vitally important to the program and the Faculty of Education examines and adjusts its programs and services to work with post-secondary stakeholders to ensure programs are sensitive to the changing needs of this sector of education.

Post-secondary education students come from diverse occupational fields and are situated at different points in their careers. The Faculty of Education's post-secondary diploma and degree programs are carefully designed to be accessible to a diverse community of learners and the Faculty continually strives to keep programs current and relevant by structuring course design and delivery in ways that create the conditions for all students to be successful, regardless of prior learning.

Application Deadline

The deadline for application to the Graduate Diploma in Post-Secondary Education (Student Affairs and Services) program commencing in the Fall semester is February 1st. Please refer to application submission deadlines

Admission/Application Information

Please visit the links provided in the table below to learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Post-Secondary Education (Student Affairs and Services) admission/application regulations and requirements.

Graduate Diploma in Post-Secondary Education Programs (Student Affairs and Services)
School of Graduate Studies Admission Regulations
Faculty of Education Admission Requirements
Post-Secondary Education Admission Requirements

Program Requirements

Please visit the link provided in the table below to learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Post-Secondary Education (Student Affairs and Services) program requirements.

Graduate Diploma in Post-Secondary Education (Student Affairs and Services)
Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Post-Secondary Education (Student Affairs and Services) program may also request a transfer to the Master of Education (Post-Secondary Education) program prior to graduation.

  • A candidate with part-time status may register for a maximum of 3 credit hours in any semester or session, excluding summer session, when 6 credit hours are permitted.
  • Candidates may register for additional courses in a semester or session with the permission of the Office of the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research, Faculty of Education.

Program Cost

Please refer to Graduate Tuition and Fees for general information and the School of Graduate Studies Minimum Expense form for detailed tuition, special fee, and other program cost information. 


Students are required to apply online to have information formally assessed. Applications and official supporting documents are to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadline. Complete detailed application packages are expected by the deadline date. Applications may be submitted online by following the process outlined at School of Graduate Studies-Application Package.