Engineering Management and Leadership
A Professional Certificate for the engineer who aspires to lead an engineering team.
Earn Rice University’s Professional Certificate in Engineering Management and Leadership.
9 courses: three 3-course Specializations, each focused on a particular skill area
Includes online access to all course content, projects, and resources including reading materials, plus expert feedback and optional live sessions with program faculty.
When you complete this Professional Certificate, you’ll be prepared to:
Create actionable project plans and timelines for your team
Use project management and team communication tools
Advocate for your team’s priorities in cross-functional meetings and presentations
Promote your own and your team members’ growth as leaders and engineers
Manage difficult conversations and cultivate trust, respect, and collaboration
Gain an edge in your engineering career and advance into management and leadership roles
3-5 hours per week10-12 months to complete
Part 1 of 3
Engineering Leadership Development
Develop management strategies, build emotional intelligence, master goal-setting, and create a motivational environment for your team.
- Self Awareness and the Effective Leader
- Relationship Management
- Action Planning
Part 2 of 3
Communication for Engineering Professionals
Give persuasive presentations, improve interpersonal communication skills, handle difficult conversations, and write professional engineering documents.
- Oral Communication for Engineering Leaders
- Interpersonal Communication for Engineering Leaders
- Writing as Engineers
Part 3 of 3
Project Management for Engineering Professionals
Gain a foundation of knowledge, skills, and confidence to give yourself a competitive edge in project management positions.
- Initiating and Planning
- Scope, Time and Cost Management
- Project Risk and Quality Management
“I've learned that med schools look for people with solid communication and interpersonal skills. Not to mention, they can trust that engineers can withstand the rigor of med school. I'm grateful for all the help Rice Center for Engineering Leadership gave me in terms of leadership and professional development.“
B.S. Chemical Engineering
Rice University Class of 2015
"The most important thing I learned about myself in Dr. Van Kleeck’s class is that I do not need to change my personality (ex. to be extroverted) in order to be my best leadership self.”
Course content in this program is all online and available from anywhere. Content includes:
- Pre-recorded video experiences
- Short, targeted online readings
- Practice exercises and quizzes
- Challenging peer reviewed projects
- Interactive discussion forums
- Required: No required prerequisites
- Recommended: Background in engineering
Who is the Certificate for?
This Professional Certificate is specifically designed for professional engineers who are interested in advancing into leadership and management roles.
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About the University
Rice University is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the U.S. and the top 100 in the world. Since 2009, the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) has helped students build the skills, motivations, and opportunities needed to become engineering leaders. The mission of RCEL is to prepare Rice engineers to become inspiring leaders, exceptional team members, effective communicators, and bold entrepreneurs.
David Van Kleeck, Ph.D.
Professor in the Practice, Engineering Leadership
Gayle Moran, Ph.D.
Beata Krupa, Ph.D.
Tom Phalen, MChE
Kazimir Karwowski, ALM
Executive Director , RCEL
What are the admission requirements?
We are looking for students who are passionate about engineering leadership. A background in engineering is recommended.
When is the admission deadline?
Enrollments are accepted on an ongoing basis; there’s no deadline to apply, and you can get started as soon as you’re admitted.
What do I need to do to complete the Professional Certificate?
To complete the Professional Certificate, you need to:
- Submit a brief application. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis; there’s no deadline to apply, and you can get started as soon as you’re admitted.
- Enroll in and pay for all Specializations in the Professional Certificate. Most Professional Certificates include between 1 and 5 Specializations. You may qualify for financial aid through a state program, or your employer may be able to reimburse you for some or all of the Professional Certificate cost.
- Successfully complete all Specializations in the Professional Certificate. You’ll earn a shareable Coursera Specialization Certificate for each Specialization.
Do I need to attend on-campus or live sessions?
No! Everything you need to complete the Professional Certificate is available online, and you can learn on your own schedule as long as you meet the weekly assignment deadlines. You may be invited to attend some live events or programs both online and offline, but these are optional.
What if I fall behind or need to take time off?
No problem. This Professional Certificate is designed to be flexible. If you fall behind in a course, you can switch to the next session – and if you need a break between courses, you can join your next course in a later session.
Does this Professional Certificate qualify for tuition reimbursement?
Many employers offer tuition reimbursement for Professional Certificates. Check with your employer to find out if this Professional Certificate qualifies.
How do I purchase the Professional Certificate?
You’ll need to make three payments, one for each Specialization in the Professional Certificate. You can make all of these payments upfront, or purchase each Specialization as you progress. To purchase the first Specialization, Leadership Development for Engineers, visit the Specialization enrollment page.
Does this program qualify for State financial aid?
This program does not qualify for Title IV or State aid.
Can I get university credit for completing this Professional Certificate?
No – this is a non-degree bearing Professional Certificate, and does not confer academic credits toward a degree. However, you will earn a recognized Professional Certificate from Rice University.
I’m not sure I’m interested in the Professional Certificate - can I just audit the courses?
If you’re not sure if the full Professional Certificate is right for you, you are welcome to audit the first course in each Specialization to learn more about the content and teaching style. The audit option includes access to all video lecture content, but does not include access to graded assignments. The second and third courses in each Specialization are not available in audit mode, and you will need to pay the Specialization enrollment fee to access those courses.
How should I reference this Professional Certificate on my resume once I finish?
You can list the Professional Certificate as a “Certificate in Engineering Management and Leadership from Rice University .”