The Gordon Engineering Leadership Program’s mission is to create an elite cadre of engineering leaders who stand out from their peers in their ability to invent, innovate, and implement engineering projects from concept to market success.
The Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) offered by the Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership is a transformational graduate program designed to build a future corps of engineering leadership professionals. GEL seeks to accelerate leadership development capability in an engineering context through a concentrated curriculum that inculcates both the psychological skills and capabilities needed to lead engineers in parallel with technical skills to successfully engineer products to customers and markets.
The Program teaches relevant leadership theory followed by practice in leadership laboratories. Technical product development and scientific principles courses are followed by the completion of a market-worthy Challenge Project. This learning framework is supplemented with three-way mentoring from industry, faculty, and Program mentors. Graduates of the Program, known as Gordon Fellows, have an opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to successfully lead engineering teams. They stand out from their peers in their ability to invent, innovate, and implement engineering projects from concept to market success. Participation in GEL accelerates Gordon Fellowsʼ careers, making them more valuable to their company.
This certificate can be pursued alongside the following programs:
- MS in Bioengineering
- MS in Chemical Engineering
- MS in Civil Engineering
- MS in Computer Systems Engineering
- MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering Leadership
- MS in Energy Systems
- MS in Engineering Management
- MS in Industrial Engineering
- MS in Information Systems
- MS in Mechanical Engineering
- MS in Operations Research
- MS in Sustainable Building Systems
- MS in Telecommunication System Management
GEL candidates must apply for and be admitted to both the Northeastern Graduate School of Engineering and the The Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership. Students pursue GEL as part of a Master of Science degree in the engineering discipline of their choice or as a stand-alone graduate certificate. Upon completion of a Master of Science degree, students earn both the Master of Science degree in the discipline of choice and a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students who already hold a graduate degree in engineering or have more than three yearsʼ engineering work experience can complete the program to earn a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. The core GEL curriculum takes place during one calendar year (September–July), and additional course work required for the Master of Science degree can be pursued before, after, or in parallel with GEL.
- Can be pursued as part of a Master of Science degree in any engineering discipline offered by the College of Engineering at Northeastern University
- Can be pursued after earning a Master of Science in any engineering discipline
- The core curriculum takes place during one calendar year
- Candidates complete a thesis-equivalent Challenge Project
- Nationally recognized by the National Academy of Engineering
- GEL online application. As part of the GEL application, you must provide 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.
- Current resume
- Interview with the GEL admissions committee
Prospective students must apply to both the Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership and their Master of Science engineering discipline at the College of Engineering.
|Deadline for assistantship consideration (domestic and international applicants):||January 15|
|International applicant deadline:||May 15|
|Domestic applicant deadline:||August 1|
|Deadline for regional campus applicants:||August 15|
|Deadline for International Applicants (outside the U.S.):||September 15|
|Deadline for International Applicants (inside the U.S.):||November 1|
The industry-sponsored Challenge Project is a key element of the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program. The Challenge Project is an experiential learning opportunity for Gordon Fellow Candidates as they directly apply the concepts and techniques learned in the classroom to leading a project of significant value to their organizations. The Challenge Project is an opportunity to expand Gordon Fellow Candidates' knowledge of a technical domain and develop their leadership acumen and cross-functional capabilities.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Engineering alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- GE Aviation
- CDM Smith
- Bose Corporation
What They Do
- Business Development
- Program and Project Management
What They're Skilled At
- Project Management
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