Essential Skills for Practicing Engineers Certificate

Explore and refine your individual leadership training and skills, expand the mindset of engineers to integrate cross-functional perspectives in decision making, and enable technical data synthesis and communication skills to create clear and concise deliverables that expedite decisions. The certificate includes curriculum across cross-functional partners including finance, supply chain, legal and communication skills and strategies for engineering leadership.

Designed for practicing engineers, this certificate's program delivery can be flexible and completed part- time in two years, or as quickly as 12 months. 

Flexible, affordable graduate certificates

We recognize the importance for flexibility of a graduate certificate. That’s why we are offering students the opportunity to take courses part-time or full-time. 

The Dean of the Opus College of Engineering is offering a tuition credits to support engineers completing the certificates.  Students completing the first 6 credits in a certificate will have the opportunity for tuition discount to complete a 12 credit certificate for the price of 10 credits.  For more information, please speak with our admissions specialist.





Credit Hours


Months to Complete*

online program delivery

      Online and On-Campus  


*12-18 months to complete, based on a student's individualized plan  


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Topic Areas

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.









Topic examples: 

  • 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.  

Industry focused 

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 "Ignation 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.

View the Course Work

Total Credit Hours 12

Required Course:
Leadership Essentials: The Mindset and Skillset of a Leader 

Elective Courses: 
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
  • Copyrights
  • 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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. 

Apply Your Knowledge

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


  • Request Information
  • Application Details
  •  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

Tim Carter

phone: (414) 288-7139


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Application Deadline

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

Application Requirements

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

Dr. Jeff StarkeJeffrey 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

Dr. Mark Federle Engineering at Marquette UniversityMark 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

Kate TreveyKate 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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