Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Program Learning Outcomes for the Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Upon completing the certificate in Engineering Leadership, students will be able to:

  1. Develop and articulate a personal point of view about what leadership means and how it is effectively practiced in engineering environments.
  2. Learn how to be valuable team members in engineering environments.
  3. Learn how to be capable team leaders in engineering environments.
  4. Communicate strategically in engineering and other interpersonal contexts.
  5. Increase their self-awareness and confidence about who they are and what they are able to achieve in their professional careers.
  6. Position themselves for first jobs that align with their unique strengths and self-directed career ambitions.

Requirements for the Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students pursuing the certificate in Engineering Leadership must complete: 

  • A minimum of 6 courses (at least 10 credit hours) to satisfy certificate requirements.
  • A Leadership Development Plan.
  • An Engineering Internship.
  • A Senior Leadership Portfolio and Presentation. 
  • Each course with a minimum grade of a 'C' (2.0 grade points) or better. 

No credit hours counted toward the student's major or minor degree requirements can be applied toward the certificate. Only Engineering majors (declared or anticipated) are eligible to receive the certificate.

This certificate is not a freestanding degree program; in addition to fulfilling the certificate requirements outlined below, candidates will be required to complete successfully the degree program to which they have been admitted in order to receive this certificate. Upon completion, the certificate is awarded at the same time as the conferral of the student’s Rice degree, along with a formal notation on their academic transcript.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this certificate. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the certificate’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Certificate in Engineering Leadership10

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses
ENGI 140ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT2
ENGI 218
ENGI 219
ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP LAB I
and ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP LAB II
2
ENGI 315LEADING TEAMS AND INNOVATION3
Engineering Internship 1
ENGI 241PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR ENGINEERS1
Leadership Action Learning or Advanced Lab
ENGI 317LEADERSHIP ACTION LEARNING2
or ENGI 318
ENGI 319
LEADING ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP LAB I
and LEADING ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP LAB II
Senior Leadership Portfolio and Presentation 2
Total Credit Hours10

Footnotes and Additional Information

Additional Recommended Courses

The following courses are not required to complete the certificate in Engineering Leadership, but are highly recommended:

ENGI 120INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN3
ENGI 128INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING SYSTEMS3
ENGI 242COMMUNICATION FOR ENGINEERS: BUILDING A PRACTICAL TOOLBOX3
ENGI 303ENGINEERING ECONOMICS3
ENGI 320ETHICS AND ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP3
ENGI 428ENTREPRENEURSHIP INDEPENDENT STUDY1
ENGI 505ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS3
BUSI 310LEADING PEOPLE IN ORGANIZATIONS3

Policies for the Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Programs and Restrictions

Students pursuing the certificate in Engineering Leadership should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, students may declare their intent to pursue a university certificate only after they have first declared a major.
  • No credit hours counted toward a student's major or minor degree requirements can be applied toward the certificate in Engineering Leadership.
  • Only Engineering majors (declared or anticipated) are eligible to declare and receive the certificate.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the certificate in Engineering Leadership should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

For additional information, please see the Engineering Leadership website: http://www.rcelconnect.org/

Opportunities for the Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

For additional information, please see the Engineering Leadership website: http://www.rcelconnect.org/