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Online Engineering Leadership Certificate
Master the Art of Informal Engineering Leadership

Online Engineering Leadership Certificate

Ohio Resident, Cost Per Credit
Credit Hours

Bridge the Gap as a Trained Engineering Leader

As you likely already know, engineers often end up taking on responsibilities beyond their direct authority. With the online Engineering Leadership Certificate from Ohio University, you will gain the informal leadership qualities you need to bridge that gap. Our rigorous part-time curriculum equips you with practical leadership skills that will last a lifetime.

Certificate Benefits

  • Increase your effectiveness and influence in your current role
  • Become a stronger candidate for high-visibility leadership roles
  • Sharpen your business communication and analysis skills
  • Credits can be transferred to the Master of Engineering Management degree

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Grow Your Career Opportunities with Engineering Leadership Skills

The Engineering Leadership certificate program includes training in the fundamentals of leadership as well as communication, business functions, engineering communication, and accounting. These skills will position you for senior, high-visibility roles that require earning the trust of superiors, peers and subordinates. Put yourself on track to move from technical roles to leadership and management positions in various settings.

Career Tracks for Engineering Leaders

  • Engineering Manager


    per year1

  • Training and Development Manager


    per year2

  • Industrial Production Manager


    per year3

  • Construction Manager


    per year4

The Engineering Leadership Curriculum

3 Courses | 9 Credits

The Engineering Leadership curriculum is centered on the Engineering Leadership course, which includes the fundamental principles of leadership and concrete examples based on case studies. The curriculum also provides communication and accounting skills that equip engineers for both formal and informal leadership roles.


  • Engineering Leadership: EMGT 6700 (3 credit hours
  • Communication Skills for Engineers: EMGT 6010 (3 credit hours)
  • Applied Accounting and Finance for Engineering Management: EMGT 6600 (3 credit hours)

Engineering Leadership Admissions Requirements

No GRE Required for Qualified Applicants | Spring, Summer and Fall Start Dates

The Engineering Leadership Certificate admissions process is streamlined to meet the needs of working professionals. Are you ready to start your journey to leadership? Apply today.

Key Admission Dates

Fall 2024:

  • Application Deadline: 08/12/24
  • Classes Begin: 08/26/24

Spring 2025:

  • Application Deadline: 12/09/24
  • Classes Begin: 01/13/25
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Application Fee$50
Required Documents
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited program
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Two (2) Professional letters of recommendation from an immediate supervisor and another from who has supervised, mentored or taught the applicant
Admissions Criteria

Criterion A:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an accredited program in engineering, mathematics, or physical sciences
  • GPA 3.0 or higher (GPA 2.75 acceptable with GRE quantitative reasoning score of 155 or higher)

Criterion B:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an accredited program in business or technology
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • At least 8 semester credits of mathematics at the calculus level or higher
  • GRE quantitative reasoning score of 155 or higher

Criterion C:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in an accredited program from a field not listed above
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • At least 8 semester credits of mathematics at the calculus level or higher
  • GRE quantitative reasoning score of 155 or higher
  • Four or more years of technical work experience

Transfer Credit

Transfer credits are not accepted for this program.

When to Apply

We have three start dates throughout the year: spring, summer, and fall. We encourage prospective students to apply as early as possible. Apply Now

Prepare for Engineering Leadership at a Great Value

$6,633 Total Tuition (Resident) | $737 Per Credit (Resident)

Earn a career-focused certificate from a highly regarded university that employers will trust. Ohio University regularly ranks among the nation's best public universities for academic quality and value.

Cost per credit hour

$737 (Ohio resident)

$756 (non-resident)

Total credit hours 9
Total estimated cost, minus fees

$6,633 (Ohio resident)

$6,804 (non-resident)

Additional fees
  • Program Fee: $217
  • Specialized Services & Materials Fee: $8
  • Comprehensive Fee: $33
  • General Fee: $3
  • Non-Resident Fee: $19
  • Student Info Sys & Network Fee: $4
Other costs to budget for The estimated tuition cost does not include factors like textbooks or other expenses.

Listed tuition is for estimating purposes only and is subject to change.

Military Students

Ohio University is a Military Collegiate Purple Star Award® school and has been repeatedly ranked among the top institutions for active duty and veteran students. Our Veteran and Military Student Services Center provides access to programs and services specifically for military members and their families. In addition, student veterans and active military members are eligible to receive an incentive scholarship of up to 15% for eligible online graduate programs.

As an OHIO online student, you can earn credit for select military experience, training or previous college credit. To learn more about the military benefits available to you, contact us today.

Financial Aid

OHIO is committed to offering affordable, competitive tuition and has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a best-value university by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, student veteran, active military members, alumni, and corporate partners are automatically eligible to receive a 15% scholarship. Depending on your background, costs and credit hours will differ.

  • Online Learning at OHIO

    Ohio University has a long tradition of offering online programs specifically designed for the modality and created for working professionals. Our online students complete engaging, comprehensive coursework that combines the academic excellence and experience-based learning of a traditional program with all the flexibility and convenience of online study.

    With asynchronous courses and part-time scheduling (two courses per fifteen weeks), you can earn your degree while maintaining your current work and personal commitments. Virtual office hours give you the opportunity to connect with peers and faculty. Access your coursework 24/7 and complete your assignments on a schedule that fits your life.

What You'll Learn

Master the fundamentals of leadership and how to apply them in an engineering context. The three-course curriculum includes training in leadership, communication, and accounting principles to equip highly skilled engineering leaders.

Certificate Outcomes

  • Identify and examine the fundamentals of leadership so you can apply them in your chosen context
  • Learn business communication techniques to increase your influence and effectiveness at work
  • Apply accounting and finance principles so you can improve efficiency in engineering management

Learn From Leading Experts

The Engineering Leadership Certificate gives you the opportunity to learn from real engineering leaders. Our faculty have real-world knowledge they are eager to share to help you grow in your career.

As a student, you'll benefit from:

  • Extensive private-sector and research experience
  • Most faculty have a Ph.D

Faculty Spotlight

Ron Lewis

Associate Professor of Instruction - Ph.D.

Dr. Ron Lewis has decades of experience in both teaching and performing research at top universities in Ohio and leading teams and businesses in the private sector. After 20 years in private business, Dr. Lewis returned to academia at Ohio University to teach the next generation of engineers how to create knowledge and maximize efficiency. His research interests include applied operations and foundry engineering, which he applied as a time study and process improvement analyst in the steel industry. He holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.

Read More About Dr. Ron Lewis

Ron Lewis

Related Program

  • Online Master of Science in Engineering Management (MEM)

    Prepare to make the leap from technical roles to high-impact leadership positions with our Online Master of Science in Engineering Management (MEM). Learn advanced engineering skills while also honing in on graduate-level management and leadership training to excel as a leader.

Answers to Common Questions

Find answers to common questions about the online program. For information not covered here, our expert admissions team is available to provide additional details and guidance.

How fast can I complete the online Engineering Leadership Certificate?

It's possible to complete the online Engineering Leadership Certificate in as few as two semesters.

How much time do I have to complete the online Engineering Leadership Certificate?

Our online programs are built with flexibility in mind to account for the changing personal and professional circumstances of our students. You can complete the program in up to three years if necessary.

Does the online Engineering Leadership Certificate require work experience?

No, work experience is not required for admission.

How many courses are in the online Engineering Leadership Certificate?

The certificate program consists of three courses totaling nine credit hours.

What is the value of taking the online Engineering Leadership Certificate?

The online Engineering Leadership Certificate will enable you to take on both informal and formal leadership roles and grow your influence and effectiveness in the workplace. You can also transfer credits from the program to the Master of Engineering Management program.

Is the online Engineering Leadership Certificate accredited?

Yes. Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). All degree and certificate programs at Ohio University, including the online Engineering Leadership Certificate, are covered by this institution-wide accreditation.


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