Admission Requirements

In general, GEL can best serve Candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Strong motivation and potential to develop as an engineering leader
  • Solid record of academic performance
  • Experience in the field of engineering (ideally through fulltime work experience, but co-op or internship experience will also be considered)
  • An Industry Sponsor (typically a fulltime employer) to support your participation and help define the scope of your Challenge Project.  If you do not have a fulltime employer at the time of application, please contact to discuss other possible sponsor options.

GEL Candidates must apply for and be admitted to both the Northeastern Graduate School of Engineering and the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program.

Application Process

To apply, please complete the following steps:

Step 1: Apply to the Northeastern University Graduate School of Engineering

If you plan to pursue GEL as part of a Master of Science program, please select “Master of Science with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership” as your degree option on the online application. Pay careful attention to the additional materials required for a complete application to the Graduate School of Engineering. Available at

Step 2: Apply to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program

Please submit your GEL application using the GEL online application system.  In addition to the application form, you will be asked to:

  • Upload your current resume
  • Enter contact information for an individual at your organization who can 1) nominate you for the program and 2) attest that the organization can provide a suitable Challenge Project for completion during the program.

Once you enter this information, an email will be sent asking the individual to complete the Sponsor Nomination Form and Challenge Project Statement of Intent.

Step 3: Complete your GEL Interview

Upon submission of your application, contact Amy Manley at to schedule an interview with the GEL admissions committee.


Admission to GEL is competitive, and Candidates are encouraged to apply early.  Please be aware of the following important dates:

August 1

Deadline for Graduate School of Engineering (part-time and full-time domestic students).


GEL Orientation takes place.  Please note that a Challenge Project Plan is due at orientation and is treated as the first graded assignment in the Engineering Leadership course.

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