Essential Skills for Practicing Engineers Certificate
The essential skills certificate integrates perspectives from across disciplines to develop and refine your skills and knowledge as a leader. It will inform your ability to make decisions, synthesize technical data and communicate clearly and concisely. This interdisciplinary learning delivery provides you an opportunity to expand your understanding of finance, supply chain, legal issues, communication techniques and strategies for engineering leadership.
Flexible, affordable graduate certificates
We recognize the importance of flexibility to those pursuing graduate education, especially to practicing engineers. That’s why we offer you the opportunity to complete our certificates on a full- or part-time basis.
The Dean of the Opus College of Engineering is offering tuition credits to support engineers completing certificates. Students who complete six credits of a certificate will be eligible for a two-credit tuition discount on the remaining six credits. For more information, please speak with our admissions specialist.
Online and On-Campus
*12-18 months to complete, based on a student's individualized plan
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The flexible program includes one (1) required course and three (3) elective courses. The required courses are designed to establish a cohort graduate student experience focused on leadership. The remaining credits will come from a wide range of elective courses.
- Financial acumen (i.e., finance and accounting) to understand company financial decisions
- Supply chain to see the impact and opportunities that effect production
- Communication skills that impact personal and corporate messaging
- Creativity skills to enhance the engineering design process
Additional Program Highlights
Flexible course of study
Students can achieve their professional goals with great autonomy by selecting courses that help them achieve their goals.
Program was designed in response to shifts in the labor market as the digital economy grows and creates the opportunity to provide the skills that future engineers will need.
Apply the in-depth coursework directly and immediately to your current position.
Study with expert faculty
Students work closely with Marquette faculty, who are experts with extensive industry experience and teach students how to become an "Ignatian Engineer" and develop a skill set with the technical expertise and a reflective mindset to recognize the impact on the world. Meet the faculty>>
Learn from industry experts
Industry experts will participate in this certificate program through workshops and guest lectures, allowing students to learn and apply their skills based on their expertise.
Total Credit Hours 12
Leadership Essentials: The Mindset and Skillset of a Leader
Elective Course in College of Communication - choose one, 3- credit course from the following:
- Intergenerational Communication
- Managerial Communication
- Leadership and Communication
- Health, Science and Environmental Communication
- Digital Communication Strategies for Leadership
- Proseminar in Health, Science and Environment
Elective Course in College of Business Administration/Graduate School of Management - choose one, 3-credit course from the following:
- Accounting and Finance for the Non-Financial Manager
- Business Essentials: Accounting, Economics and Finance
- Strategic Management Introduction
- Concepts for Ethical Business Practice
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Enterprise Risk Management
- Topics in Operations and Supply Chain Management (Supply Chain Strategy and Practice)
Approved SCMM courses from online offerings.
Other courses as approved by the Certificate Faculty Sponsor, the executive director of MAB program and the associate dean for academic affairs in the Opus College of Engineering.
Other elective course options:
- Visual Analytics
- Environmental Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- Land Use Planning
- Products Liability
- Water Law
- Seminar: Bioethics and the Law
- Workshop: Energy Law
An additional course not already taken from the above COMM or COBA/GSM course lists.
- Develop a leadership philosophy that considers leading oneself and leading with others.
- Analyze engineering problems by integrating business principles and financial, ethical and cultural constraints.
- Communicate and effectively explain engineering problems and proposed solutions to a wide range of stakeholders (e.g. professional engineers, corporate decision makers, government regulators, etc.).
- Reflect on the purposeful and meaningful contribution of each course to achieve the professional growth desired through the certificate.
Developing the essential engineering skills, you can elevate your career from manager to leader. This certificate program prepares engineers to lead multi-disciplinary teams and engage across different corporate business units.
Take the next step towards your future
Meet the Faculty
Ready to learn more about Marquette's practicing engineers graduate certificate program? Reach out directly to our program recruiter or fill out the form below (all fields required) and we will respond to you shortly.
Graduate Program Recruiter
phone: (414) 288-7139
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This program has rolling admission, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:
- Fall term admissions- August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
- Spring term admissions- December 15 (October 15 for international applicants)
These are the dates your application must be complete and all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.
Merit-Based Financial Aid Deadlines
Applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) should be aware of the following merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:
- Fall (August) Term: February 15
- Spring (January) Term: November 15
- Summer (May) Term: April 15
Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
- A completed application form and fee online.
- Copies of all college/university transcripts except those from Marquette.1
- Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's suitability for completing graduate-level course work: one from a professor familiar with the student's academic achievement and one from a work supervisor (engineer) or another professor. Waived if the applicant's GPA is 3.000 or above.
- Statement of purpose, describing reasons for pursuing an advanced degree and career goals.
- (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
- No GRE needed. Candidates should have a 3.0 GPA overall or in upper level engineering courses (whichever is advantageous to the candidate) or 1-year work experience with approval from program director.
Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.
Jeffrey A. Starke, PhD, PE (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) directs the Master’s Across Boundaries program, teaches courses in environmental engineering, and holds a design patent. Dr. Starke served 27 years in the US Army leading Infantry, Air Defense, and Intelligence units to include deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Inherent Resolve (Syria-Iraq).
Mark O. Federle, PhD, PE, CPC, NAC (PhD, University Michigan) has over 30 years of experience in both academia and construction engineering and leads professional development workshops for the Associated General Contractors of America and the National Electrical Contractors Association. Dr. Federle’s industry experience includes Chief Information Officer and Vice President for The Weitz Company (Des Moines, IA) where he led the strategic direction for all aspects of information technology.
Kate Trevey (MEd, Loyola University Chicago) is the Director of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development at Marquette University and has developed this innovative and national award-winning curriculum for the past 7 years. Kate has corporate experience at the Kohler Company and has developed leadership development programs for a number of local Milwaukee companies.
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