Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership Interim Requirements*

Developed by the MIT-Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) and the Graduate Student Advisory Group for the School of Engineering (GradSAGE).

**Please email Lisa Stagnone ( and David Nino ( if interested in registering for the certificate program and/or workshops.

WHO QUALIFIES Our interim certificate will be available to all MIT graduate students who satisfy the requirements (I through III) outlined below.


I. Completion of 6.9280/16.990/15.674 Leading Creative Teams with at least a B.

II. Completion of 12 or more units from any of the following graduate classes with at least a B:

  1. Graduate Engineering Leadership Program (GradEL) classes

6.S976 – Engineering Leadership in the Age of AI (12 units)

6.9270 – Negotiation and Influence Skills for Technical Leaders (6 units)

6.9260 – Multi-stakeholder Negotiations for Technical Experts (6 units)

  1. Or, classes offered elsewhere at MIT, such as those included in list below*

III. Attending at least FOUR of the following series of SIX interactive/experiential workshops (2 hours each) over entire grad experience. Workshops offered by GradEL during the Fall 2022 semester. See attachment for Fall 2022 GradEL workshop descriptions.

We invite you to register and attend our series, which will count toward satisfying requirements toward our certificate. All workshops will be held in-person from 5:00-7:00pm. Location: TBD.

  • World Class R&D Geographically Distributed Markets  - Led by Reza Rahaman, February 16 (Thursday), 5-7pm, Location: 32-124
  • Technology and Finance: What technical leaders need to know about dollars and sense - Led by Oli de Weck, February 28 (Tuesday), 5-7pm, Location: 32-124
  • Building a talent pipeline: What it takes to recruit the next generation of engineers Led by Jim Magarian, March 15 (Wednesday), 5-7pm, Room 32-124
  • Taking charge of new roles after graduating - Led by David Niño, April 6 (Thursday), 5-7pm, Room 32-124

*Note— All workshops will be capped at 50 participants. For those with questions please email Lisa Stagnone (

*II.B      Other acceptable graduate leadership-related classes

10.807/15.371 Innovation Teams

15.270 Ethical Practice: Leading Through Professionalism, Social Responsibility, and System Design

15.281 Advanced Leadership Communications

15.304 Being Effective: Power and Influence

15.310 People, Teams, and Organizations

15.318 Discovering your Leadership Signature

15.320 Strategic Organizational Design

15.321 Improvisational Leadership: In the Moment Leadership Skills

15.324 Practical Leadership

15.341 Individuals, Groups, and Organizations

15.374 Organizing for Innovation

15.386 Leading in Ambiguity

15.398 Corporations at the Crossroads: The CEO Perspective

15.661 Building Successful Careers and Organizations

15.665 Power and Negotiation

15.669 Strategies for People Analytics

15.887 EM.427 Technology Roadmapping and Development 

EM.413 Foundations of System Design & Management 

STS.482[J] Science, Technology, and Public Policy

* Send leadership-related class inquires and other registration-related questions to David Nino at

Please email Lisa Stagnone ( and David Nino ( if interested in registering for the certificate program or if you have any questions. 

*These interim requirements will apply for a limited time during Spring 2022. A permanent set of requirements will be established later as part of the Graduate Engineering Leadership Program (GradEL)’s curriculum design process.