GEL Graduate Program

GEL graduate students in "6.928 Leading Creative Teams" from Spring 2019. 

"Leverage Your Graduate Degree to Change the World!”

Over the last 12 years, the GEL Program has become widely acknowledged by the Institute and industry stakeholders as a valuable asset to students’ educational experience and for developing potential future leaders in the world of engineering practice. Having experienced longstanding success with GEL's undergradaute program, the program has met an increasing demand from MIT's graduate population to create a GEL graduate version where graduate students can also similarly learn and practice the leadership development skills that will propel their early career success.
As part of the GEL's plans to expand and serve MIT's graduate population, GEL is working closely with MIT's Office of the Vice Chancellor, and the Dean of Engineering in conjunction with the Dean’s Student Advisory Group (GradSAGE) to better understand the desires of students regarding the need for engineering leadership education and professional development at MIT. Our shared mission is to provide more opportunities for graduate students to professionally develop themselves as effective and impactful leaders who will be charged with solving the world’s most challenging and complex problems. 
Leadership education develops skills applicable across career paths, from leading research groups to leadership roles in companies. GEL's future Leadership Certificate Program will officially launch in 2020 and is designed to help graduate students learn and practice the skills needed to "make a positive difference" in their chosen careers. Grounded in research but experimental and engaging in delivery, GEL's immersive leadership course offerings/workshops (see below for list of GEL Course Offerings and Interim Requirements for Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership) build and develop leadership skills for future engineers and technology professionals. (*PhD Candidates: Option to use leadership as your doctoral minor.) 
GEL Grad Course Offerings (**Open to all grad students!):
  • 6.9280 Leading Creative Teams (Offered both Fall and Spring)
  • 6.S976 Engineering Leadership in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Will not be offered in foreseeable future)
  • 6.9270 Negotiation & Influence Skills for Technical Leaders (Fall)
  • 6.9260 Multi-Stakeholder Negotiation for Technical Leaders (Spring)

* See here for Interim Requirements for Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership.