Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Guide Technical Projects and Become a Team Leader


Program Details

  • Location: Online, UW Seattle
  • Duration: 11 - 12 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $11,860 (estimated)

Next start date:

June 19, 2023

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About this Program

Successful engineering projects require more than just technical expertise. Effective leadership is the key to managing all the moving parts of a project and ensuring they combine to meet established requirements and objectives.

In this four-course certificate program, you’ll gain the tools and knowledge to become a successful technical lead, first-level manager or program manager in an organization of any size. We’ll explore how to communicate with business professionals and participate in negotiations and the decision making process. Increase your confidence in leading diverse teams, mentoring employees, making data-driven decisions and guiding complex projects to completion.

Designed For

Engineers who are new to a leadership role or want to improve their leadership skills.

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What You’ll Learn

  • Ways to align technical projects with business strategy and how to scope projects from concept to final approval
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods for decision making, including decision trees, Monte Carlo simulation and other decision analysis tools
  • How to leverage technology, manage risk and communicate project objectives and progress to senior management
  • Approaches for handling cultural and generational diversity and team dynamics
  • Project management strategies, tools and best practices

Earn Graduate Credit

By completing this certificate program, you can earn graduate credit. Learn more about credit options.

Program Overview

You must complete all four courses, in any order, to earn the certificate.


You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Formats

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Blended (Classroom + Online)

Blended (Classroom + Online)

You’ll have the choice of attending class sessions online or in person, based on your preference from week to week. Online classes are delivered in real time using web conferencing software. Classroom sessions are held on the UW Seattle campus. Course sessions are also recorded and available for later review.

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Blended (Classroom + Online)

Closed Sessions

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