Certificate and Degree Options

Choose your path to engineering leadership

Most Candidates pursue the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program as part of a Master of Science degree in the engineering discipline of their choice.  Upon completion, they earn both the Master of Science degree and a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership.

Candidates who already hold a graduate degree in engineering can complete the program to earn a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Applicants who do not hold a graduate degree will be considered if the applicant has at least three years of engineering work experience.

Please note that some programs require advisor approval and/or a petition process to count completed GEL coursework towards the Master of Science degree.  A GEL advisor can help guide you through this process.

For all programs, please be sure to confer with a faculty advisor from your engineering discipline prior to beginning your graduate coursework.

Current degree options are listed below:

Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
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MS in Chemical Engineering
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
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MS in Civil Engineering
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
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MS in Computer Systems Engineering
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
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MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
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MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering Leadership
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
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MS in Energy Systems
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
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MS in Engineering Management
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
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MS in Industrial Engineering
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
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MS in Mechanical Engineering
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
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MS in Operations Research
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
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Don’t see your degree option listed here? For details about how you can pursue GEL in conjunction with other engineering disciplines, contact a program representative at gordonleadership@neu.edu.
Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Total Semester Hours Required: 16

Students who already have a graduate degree in engineering can complete 16 Semester Hours of required GEL coursework to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership.

Plan of Study

Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (16 Semester Hours)
ENLR 5121 Engineering Leadership 1 2
ENLR 5122 Engineering Leadership 2 2
ENLR 5131 Scientific Principles of Engineering 1 2
ENLR 5132 Scientific Principles of Engineering 2 2
ENLR 7440 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 1 4
ENLR 7442 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 2 4

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MS in Chemical Engineering
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Total Semester Hours Required: 32

Students pursing the MS in Chemical Engineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership must complete 16 Semester Hours of required GEL coursework and 16 Semester Hours of required Chemical Engineering coursework.

Please refer to Chemical Engineering homepage for the most up-to-date course requirements and other program information.

Plan of Study

Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (16 Semester Hours)
ENLR 5121 Engineering Leadership 1 2
ENLR 5122 Engineering Leadership 2 2
ENLR 5131 Scientific Principles of Engineering 1 2
ENLR 5132 Scientific Principles of Engineering 2 2
ENLR 7440 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 1 4
ENLR 7442 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 2 4
Chemical Engineering Coursework (16 Semester Hours)
CHME 7320 Chemical Engineering Mathematics  4
CHME 7330 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics  4
CHME 7340 Chemical Engineering Kinetics  4
CHME 7350 Transport Phenomena  4

 

 

 

 

 


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MS in Civil Engineering
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Total Semester Hours Required: 32 – 33 (depends on discipline)

Students pursing the MS in Civil Engineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership must complete 16 Semester Hours of required GEL coursework and 16-17 Semester Hours of coursework in their Civil Engineering discipline.

Please note that for some Civil Engineering disciplines, a petition will be required to count Gordon Program coursework in lieu of restricted electives.  A GEL advisor can guide you through the process.

Please refer to Civil Engineering homepage for the most up-to-date course requirements and other program information.

Plan of Study

All students will complete the following required Gordon Engineering Leadership coursework.

They will also complete coursework related to one Civil Engineering discipline (Construction Management, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical / Geoenvironmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, or Transportation Engineering).

Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (16 Semester Hours)
ENLR 5121 Engineering Leadership 1 2
ENLR 5122 Engineering Leadership 2 2
ENLR 5131 Scientific Principles of Engineering 1 2
ENLR 5132 Scientific Principles of Engineering 2 2
ENLR 7440 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 1 4
ENLR 7442 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 2 4
Construction Management (17 Semester Hours Total) 
ACCT 6200 Financial Reporting and Managerial Decision Making 1  3
CIVE 7220 Construction Management  4
CIVE 7221 Construction Project Control and Organization  2
CIVE 7230 Legal Aspects of Civil Engineering 4
IE 6200 Engineering Probability and Statistics 4
Environmental Engineering (16 Semester Hours Total)
CIVE 7250 Environmental Chemistry 4
CIVE 7251 Environmental Biological Processes 4
CIVE 7260 Hydrology 4
Elective Elective 4
Geotechnical / Geoenvironmental Engineering (16 Semester Hours Total)
CIVE 7301 Advanced Soil Mechanics 4
CIVE 7302 Advanced Foundation Engineering 4
Electives Electives 8
Structural Engineering (16 Semester Hours Total)
CIVE 7330 Advanced Structural Analysis 4
CIVE 7331 Structural Dynamics 4
Electives Restricted Electives 8
Transportation Engineering (16 Semester Hours Total)
CIVE 5373 Transportation Planning and Engineering 4
CIVE 5376 Traffic Engineering 4
IE 6200 Engineering Probability and Statistics 4
Electives Restricted Electives 4

 

 

 

 

 


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MS in Computer Systems Engineering
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Total Semester Hours Required: 32

Students pursing the MS in Computer Systems Engineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership must complete 16 Semester Hours of required GEL coursework and 16 Semester Hours of required core courses for their technical concentration (CAD/CAM or ESD).

Please refer to Computer Systems Engineering homepage for the most up-to-date course requirements and other program information.

Plan of Study

Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (16 Semester Hours)
ENLR 5121 Engineering Leadership 1 2
ENLR 5122 Engineering Leadership 2 2
ENLR 5131 Scientific Principles of Engineering 1 2
ENLR 5132 Scientific Principles of Engineering 2 2
ENLR 7440 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 1 4
ENLR 7442 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 2 4
Computer-Aided Design/Manufacturing (16 Semester Hours)
CSYE 5240 Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing 4
CSYE 6200 Concepts of Object-Oriented Design 4
CSYE 7260 Manufacturing Methods and Techniques 4
EMGT 5220 Engineering Project Management 4
Engineering Software Design (ESD) (16 Semester Hours)
CSYE 6200 or Concepts of Object-Oriented Design or 4
CYSE 6205 Concepts of Object-Oriented Design with C++
CSYE 6220 Enterprise Software Development 4
CSYE 7230 Software Engineering 4
CSYE 7945 Software Engineering Project 4

 

 

 

 

 


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MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Total Semester Hours Required: 48

Students pursing the MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership must complete 16 Semester Hours of required GEL coursework and 32 Semester Hours of Electrical and Computer Engineering coursework.

Please refer to the Electrical and Computer Engineering homepage for the most up-to-date course requirements and other program information.

Plan of Study

Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (16 Semester Hours)
ENLR 5121 Engineering Leadership 1 2
ENLR 5122 Engineering Leadership 2 2
ENLR 5131 Scientific Principles of Engineering 1 2
ENLR 5132 Scientific Principles of Engineering 2 2
ENLR 7440 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 1 4
ENLR 7442 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 2 4
Electrical and Computer Engineering Coursework
Students must complete 32 Semester Hours of Electrical and Computer Engineering coursework as indicated at: http://www.ece.neu.edu/

 

 

 

 

 


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MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering Leadership
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Total Semester Hours Required: 32

Students pursing the MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering Leadership (ECEL) with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership must complete 16 Semester Hours of required GEL coursework and 16 Semester Hours of Electrical and Computer Engineering technical electives.

Please refer to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Leadership homepage for the most up-to-date course requirements and other program information.

Plan of Study

Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (16 Semester Hours)
ENLR 5121 Engineering Leadership 1 2
ENLR 5122 Engineering Leadership 2 2
ENLR 5131 Scientific Principles of Engineering 1 2
ENLR 5132 Scientific Principles of Engineering 2 2
ENLR 7440 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 1 4
ENLR 7442 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 2 4
Electrical and Computer Engineering Technical Electives 
Students must select 16 Semester Hours of technical electives         16
in consultation with their advisor.

 

 

 

 

 


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MS in Energy Systems
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Total Semester Hours Required: 39.5

Students pursing the MS in Energy Systems with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership must complete 16 Semester Hours of required GEL coursework and 23.5 Semester Hours of Energy Systems coursework.

Please refer to the Energy Systems homepage for the most up-to-date course requirements and other program information.

Plan of Study

Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (16 Semester Hours)
ENLR 5121 Engineering Leadership 1 2
ENLR 5122 Engineering Leadership 2 2
ENLR 5131 Scientific Principles of Engineering 1 2
ENLR 5132 Scientific Principles of Engineering 2 2
ENLR 7440 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 1 4
ENLR 7442 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 2 4
Energy Systems Coursework (23.5 Semester Hours Total)
FINA 6200 Value Creation Through Financial Decision Making 3
ACCT 6200 Financial Reporting & Managerial Decision Mkng 1 3
ACCT 6201 Financial Reporting & Managerial Decision Mkng 2 1.5
EMGT 6225 Economic Decision Making 4
ENSY 5000 Fundamentals of Energy System Integration 4
Elective Elective 4
Elective Elective 4

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MS in Engineering Management
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Total Semester Hours Required: 32

Students pursing the MS in Engineering Management with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership must complete 16 Semester Hours of required GEL coursework and 16 Semester Hours of required Engineering Management coursework.

Please refer to the Engineering Management homepage for the most up-to-date course requirements and other program information.

Plan of Study

Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (16 Semester Hours)
ENLR 5121 Engineering Leadership 1 2
ENLR 5122 Engineering Leadership 2 2
ENLR 5131 Scientific Principles of Engineering 1 2
ENLR 5132 Scientific Principles of Engineering 2 2
ENLR 7440 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 1 4
ENLR 7442 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 2 4
Engineering Management Coursework (16 Semester Hours)
EMGT 5220 Engineering Project Management 4
EMGT 6225 Economic Decision Making 4
IE 6200 Engineering Probability and Statistics 4
OR 6205 Deterministic Operations Research 4

 

 

 

 

 


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MS in Industrial Engineering
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Total Semester Hours Required: 32

Students pursing the MS in Industrial Engineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership must complete 16 Semester Hours of required GEL coursework and 16 Semester Hours of required Industrial Engineering coursework.

Please refer to the Industrial Engineering homepage for the most up-to-date course requirements and other program information.

Plan of Study

Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (16 Semester Hours)
ENLR 5121 Engineering Leadership 1 2
ENLR 5122 Engineering Leadership 2 2
ENLR 5131 Scientific Principles of Engineering 1 2
ENLR 5132 Scientific Principles of Engineering 2 2
ME 7440 ME Leadership Challenge Project 1 4
ME 7442 ME Leadership Challenge Project 2 4
Industrial Engineering Coursework (16 Semester Hours)
IE  6200 Engineering Probability and Statistics 4
OR  6205 Deterministic Operations Research 4
And two of the following three courses:
IE  7210 Production Systems 4
IE  7215 Simulation Analysis 4
IE  7315  Human Factors Engineering 4

 

 

 

 

 


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MS in Mechanical Engineering
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Total Semester Hours Required: 32

Students pursing the MS in Mechanical Engineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership must complete 16 Semester Hours of required GEL coursework and 16 Semester Hours of Mechanical Engineering coursework.

Please refer to the Mechanical Engineering homepage for the most up-to-date course requirements and other program information.

Plan of Study

Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (16 Semester Hours)
ENLR 5121 Engineering Leadership 1 2
ENLR 5122 Engineering Leadership 2 2
ENLR 5131 Scientific Principles of Engineering 1 2
ENLR 5132 Scientific Principles of Engineering 2 2
ME 7440 ME Leadership Challenge Project 1 4
ME 7442 ME Leadership Challenge Project 2 4
Mechanical Engineering Coursework
Students must select four technical courses (16 Semester Hours) in consultation with their faculty advisor.

 

 

 

 

 


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MS in Operations Research
with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Total Semester Hours Required: 32

Students pursing the MS in Operations Research with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership must complete 16 Semester Hours of required GEL coursework and 16 Semester Hours of Operations Research coursework.

Please refer to the Operations Research homepage for the most up-to-date course requirements and other program information.

Plan of Study

Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (16 Semester Hours)
ENLR 5121 Engineering Leadership 1 2
ENLR 5122 Engineering Leadership 2 2
ENLR 5131 Scientific Principles of Engineering 1 2
ENLR 5132 Scientific Principles of Engineering 2 2
ENLR 7440 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 1 4
ENLR 7442 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 2 4
Operations Research Coursework (16 Semester Hours Total)
IE 6200 or Engineering Probability and Statistics or 4
MATH 7241 Probability 1
OR 7230 or Probabilistic Operations Research or 4
MATH 7341 Probability 2
OR 6205 Deterministic Operations Research 4
MATH 7234 Optimization and Complexity 4

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