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Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to create an inclusive organizational culture.

Undergraduate Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Quick Facts

Total Credit Hours: 9
Tuition: $398 per credit hour*


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate

dei-program-page.jpgAs individuals and organizations strive to create a more inclusive environment, they are looking for professionals who can help develop, organize and implement this change. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Certificate at Husson Online offers practical tools for professionals, or future professionals, to engage in DEI topics as global citizens. It will add a valuable credential to your skillsets.


This undergraduate DEI certificate program will lead you to reexamine the ways society and institutions unwittingly support and reinforce ideologies that may not leave room for diversity, equity and inclusion. Upon completion, you’ll have gained the necessary skills to:


  • Interpret the components that make equity, diversity and inclusion advantageous for organizational cultures.
  • Analyze theoretical knowledge to explain the impact of societal phenomena on organizational culture.
  • Implement informed decisions to purposefully cultivate an inclusive environment.
  • Describe the core competencies and skills associated with DEI Leadership.
  • Evaluate the legal and ethical standards related to the practice of DEI in organizational leadership.


*All rates subject to change

2023 Start Dates

Term 5
May 8

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DEI Certificate Courses

HU 110 Identity and Context

In this course, students will focus on introspection to critically examine diversity, equity and inclusion. Through an examination of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills students will demonstrate an understanding of implicit bias, microaggressions, and productive ways to create inclusive spaces. Likewise, students will practice implementing strategies to remediate microaggressive behavior.


HU 210 Communication Trends: Implications for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In this DEI training course, students will critically examine communications trends in social media, mass media, and interpersonal relations. Students will examine social media to understand how information is framed, and shared by bots, individuals and organizations. Students will consider the historic role mass media played in producing a singular view of reality, and the new ways social media have allowed for multiple perspectives from the common person, allowing for diversity of perspectives, misinformation, elevating marginalized community concerns, the selective consumption of information, and difficulties in cross-ideological communication. Throughout the course, students will practice inclusive forms of communication meant to support listening and understanding.


HU 310 Organization Leadership through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In this DEI certificate course, students will examine organizational structure and leadership to incorporate new ways of organizing and implementing change. Students will examine what types of institutional and leadership support is necessary to implement lasting change regarding equity, inclusion and diversity. Students will demonstrate understanding of the ways well intended diversity plans can pose problems in achieving equity and inclusion. The course will culminate in individual diversity statements, and a proposed diversity strategic plan for an institution of their choice.

What does DEI mean?

DEI stands for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. From governmental agencies to private business, professionals with the ability to foster an inclusive culture within organizations are becoming more and more essential. That’s why Husson University offers a 9-credit-hour Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certificate program — to help you develop the skills you need to propel your company and your career to new heights.

Why is DEI important?

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) — you don’t have to look too far beyond today’s headlines to understand how much these principles have come to affect our modern society. Even as we grow in our understanding of the effect all forms of exclusion and racism have on our society, business is feeling the impact, too. Businesses around the world are waking up to the realization that their company culture — and profitability — could improve with professionals who know how to implement DEI strategies.

Are DEI certificates worth it?

They certainly can be, both for your company and your career. At Husson University, our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate is offered 100% online to give you the freedom you need to pursue your education … even as it helps you build the skills needed to develop, organize and implement meaningful
change in your workplace.

How much does a DEI certificate cost?

The cost for an undergraduate certificate varies from one institution to another. At Husson University, our 100% online Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate costs around $3,500 for 9 credit hours of work. Courses cover identity and context, communication trends and organizational leadership in DEI.