Program Summary

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Earn a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management

The 12-credit Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management Graduate Certificate, offered online by Penn State World Campus in partnership with Penn State's College of Engineering, highlights the changing nature of the field of engineering, which is being impacted by globalization, the growing demand for corporate innovation, and the need for skilled engineers.

The primary goal of the engineering leadership and innovation management certificate program is to provide professionals with knowledge and skills in the key aspects of engineering business: leading teams, identifying new business opportunities, working across international and cultural boundaries, effectively managing projects, and championing internal innovation. These areas of leadership and innovation set engineers apart and prepare them to be future global leaders.

Upon completion of the certificate, students should have developed attributes required by today's successful engineering executives. Specifically, these include improved ability to lead technical teams and expanded professional skills in leadership, intercultural competence, and innovation management within the engineering profession.

The Penn State Difference

This program combines a highly focused curriculum with a flexible, convenient, online format, allowing you to maintain your professional commitments as you acquire a valued credential. You will learn from faculty who have expertise in engineering, project management, innovation, and leadership, as well as extensive experience teaching in online education.

Your Course Work

The focus of the curriculum is to help engineers become well versed beyond their technical engineering skills, expanding into areas such as communication, ethics, entrepreneurial thinking, and professionalism. The courses can help develop the abilities you need to effectively create and lead impactful contributions to your team and organization.

You may also be able to apply some of the credits you earn for this certificate toward a Master of Engineering ManagementMaster of Engineering in Additive Manufacturing and DesignMaster's in Corporate Innovation and EntrepreneurshipMaster of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change, or Master of Project Management, if you apply and are accepted into the program.

Who Should Apply?

The certificate was designed for working professionals — with a bachelor's degree and some relevant work experience in engineering, science, or a related discipline — who are looking for career development opportunities. As a student, you can enhance your knowledge and skill sets in identifying new business opportunities, gathering support from within your organization, managing projects, and working across multidisciplinary and cultural teams.