Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Guide Technical Projects and Become a Team Leader


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle, Online
  • Duration: 11 - 12 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $10,800 (estimated)

Next start date

September 27, 2017

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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.

This four-course certificate program gives you the tools and knowledge to become a successful technical lead, first-level manager or program manager in an organization of any size. You’ll learn how to communicate with business professionals and participate in the decision-making process. Increase your confidence in leading diverse teams, 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 projects with business strategy and scope projects from concept to final approval
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods for decision making, including decision trees, Monte Carlo simulation and subjective probability
  • The soft skills necessary for effective leadership, including communication styles, negotiation techniques, and teaching and mentoring practices
  • 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

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.

Program Sessions


Blended (Classroom + Online)

Closed Sessions

Learning Formats


This program offers students 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 Adobe Connect Web conferencing software, which allows you to interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat or phone. Classroom sessions are held on the UW Seattle campus. Course sessions are also recorded and available for later review. You must still submit all weekly assignments by their due dates.


Courses are streamed online in real time from the classroom. You interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, using Adobe Connect web conferencing software. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub.

For added flexibility, each quarter you may view recordings of up to 40 percent of your class sessions instead of attending in real time. You also can attend the classroom sessions in person if space is available.


Attend class in person and engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub. You must attend at least 60 percent of your class sessions in person. You may view the remainder online, either as recorded sessions or in real time (limit of two live-streamed sessions per quarter).

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