Certificate in Program Leadership

Certificate in Program Leadership

The graduate Certificate in Program Leadership is a convenient advanced program for the engineers, systems engineers and individuals in program management desiring to acquire higher and practical knowledge of managing complex engineering programs. Upon completion of the certificate program with the GPA of "B" or better, the student may re-enroll for the M.S. degree in Systems Engineering and have the courses completed for the certificate to be credited towards the M.S. degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Application to Graduate Admissions and a $50 application fee. To apply online, visit http://graduate.lmu.edu.
  • Transcript documenting B.S. in engineering or B.A. in Program Management or equivalent degree (GPA of 3.0 or better) from an accredited university program
  • If the applicant's GPA is below 3.0, also submit two letters of recommendation from past professors or current employer.
  • Resume demonstrating two years' work experience
  • Prerequisite knowledge of Lean (equivalent to course SELP 530)
  • Brief personal statement discussing how the graduate program fits the applicant's career goals

Promising applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may be considered for conditional admission and, when so admitted, must demonstrate satisfactory performance during their first year in the program.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of three (3) following courses (9 semester hours):

  • SELP 510 Project Management 3 semester hours
  • SELP 610 Advanced Program Leadership 3 semester hours
  • SELP 630 Advanced Lean Management of Engineering Programs 3 semester hours

If the enrolling student lacks the prerequisite knowledge of Lean (equivalent to course SELP 530 Lean Thinking), then this course should be taken prior to SELP 630. This course will not count towards the certificate credits but would count towards the subsequent M.S. degree credits, if chosen.

The overall minimum GPA required for award of the Certificate is 2.7. Students who receive a grade of less than "B" in any 500-level course or a grade of less than "C" in any 600-level course will not have the course count toward their certificate. 

The student can complete the certificate program in one year taking one course per semester, including Summer.

Registering into the courses is the student's responsibility.