Graduate Certificate Programs

Leadership in Engineering Organizations

Department of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering
Department of Psychological Science

Program Description:
Leadership in engineering organizations is an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program.  This certificate program aims to equip students with a set of tools that will allow them to become effective leaders of groups, programs, and departments engaged in engineering and technology work. Specifically this certificate program will enable the graduates to:

  • Understand the technical leadership roles in engineering organizations
  • Understand and develop a personal leadership style
  • Develop the skill to critically analyze, evaluate, improve, or adapt existing technical and/or managerial systems
  • Organize and lead complex projects, groups, and organizations

The leadership in engineering organizations certificate program consists of four courses listed below, which are delivered as part of regular programs in engineering management and psychology. Students will be responsible for prerequisite knowledge as determined by course instructors. With the approval of the departments, appropriate courses may be substituted for a certificate course if that course is not available.

  • ENG MGT 5110: Managerial Decision Making
  • PSYCH 5602: Organizational Process: Research and Practice
  • PSYCH 6610: Advanced Leadership Theory & Practice
  • PSYCH 6611 / ENG MGT 6112: Leadership for Engineers

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the department may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The administrative coordinators must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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ENG MGT 5110: Managerial Decision Making
Individual and group decision making processes and principles for engineers and technical managers with emphasis on the limitations of human rationality and the roles of social influence and organizational contexts; principles and skills of negotiation.

PSYCH 5602: Organizational Process: Research and Practice
Examination of the field of organizational psychology. An emphasis is placed on research methods and application of practices related to individual processes, group processes, organizational structure and function. Prerequisite: Psych 4710 or Psych 4602 or graduate standing.

PSYCH 6610: Advanced Leadership Theory & Practice
Examination of research surrounding the major theories of leadership. Topics include leadership measurement of traits and skills, major theories of leadership including LMX, Charismatic, Transformational, and Authentic Leadership Theories. An emphasis is given on researching leadership topics and applying findings of leadership research in organizations. Prerequisite: Psych 4610 or graduate standing.

PSYCH 6611 / ENG MGT 6112: Leadership for Engineers
Provides engineers with a background in leadership concepts and principles; enables students to develop practical skills in leading and managing through multiple personal assessments. Topics include leadership styles, managing commitments, conflict resolution, change management, emotional intelligence, team dynamics and business ethics. Prerequisite: Eng Mgt 5110 or Psych 4602.

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The leadership in engineering organizations certificate program is open to all persons holding a BS, MS, or PhD degree in an engineering or related field and who have a minimum of 12-months of professional employment experience or are currently accepted into a graduate engineering degree program at Missouri S&T.
Once admitted to the program, the student must take the four designated courses as given below. In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses. A student will be given three years to complete the program so long as he/she maintains a B average in the courses taken.
Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. If the four-course sequence is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the engineering management MS program if they apply. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the MS program will count towards their master's degrees. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the courses in the certificate program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certification courses.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2016-17 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017)

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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Engineering Management (MS)
Industrial-Organizational Psychology (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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