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Certificate in Leadership in Emerging Technologies & Trends

Harnessing Technology to Lead Purposeful Change


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends
  • Cost: $9,240

Next start date:

September 2022

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About this Program

We’re living in a time of intense transformation. This accelerated pace of change — exacerbated by the technologies we use, and evidenced through disruptive social, economic and political trends — requires a different kind of leadership. How can we make decisions to the benefit of our stakeholders and communicate credibly with them given this emergent environment?

In this for-credit certificate program, you’ll gain a grounding in the interplay between technology and leadership. You’ll learn how to evaluate the larger, emerging trends in technology — from artificial intelligence and automation to smart devices and big data — in light of the values of your stakeholders, organizations and communities. And you’ll explore how to make ethical decisions around potential technological solutions that your constituents can trust and embrace.

What You’ll Learn

  • A foundational understanding of emerging technologies and how to forecast their adoption and impact
  • Economic, health, political and community trends that influence decisions about technology use
  • Ethical considerations about how to adapt to emerging technologies and trends
  • How to make decisions that factor in human needs and values, particularly with regards to inclusion and equity
  • Communication and storytelling strategies that help you connect with your audience and build support for your decisions

Designed For

Communications professionals, program and project managers, and human resources managers who want to improve their leadership skills and knowledge about emerging technologies.

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Video Overview

Hear from instructor Hanson Hosein about the UW Certificate in Leadership in Emerging Technologies & Trends and how it can teach you how to harness technology to create purposeful change.

Duration: 02:31

Earn Credit Toward Your Master's Degree

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 12 credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into the Master of Communication in Digital Media, the Master of Communication in Communication Leadership or the Master of Communication in Communities & Networks. To use these credits, you must obtain graduate nonmatriculated status before you register for the first course of the certificate program.

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below 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 Format


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

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