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 6.928/16.990/15.674 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.S978 – Negotiation and Influence Skills for Technical Leaders (6 units)

6.S979 – 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 2020 semester.  

This will be a non-credit bearing requirement. All workshops will occur from 5:30-7:30 pm and punctuality will be expected (the “5 minutes late” norm will not apply). Rooms will open at 5:30 p.m. and food and refreshments will be provided.

  • Building resiliency during difficult times -  Led by David Niño. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.
  • World class R&D for geographically distributed markets Led by Reza Rahaman. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.
  • Leading at the intersection of management and engineering - Led by Joan Rubin. Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.
  • Rethinking Leadership for Enhanced Innovation - Led by Rick Miller (President of Olin College of Engineering). Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. 
  • Technology roadmapping and innovation in the 21st century (Part 1). - Led by Olivier L. de Weck. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.
  • Technology roadmapping and innovation in the 21st century (Part 2). - Led by Olivier L. de Weck. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.

*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 and/or any or all of the workshops.

*These interim requirements will apply for a limited time during Spring 2021. A permanent set of requirements will be established later as part of the Graduate Engineering Leadership Program (GradEL)’s curriculum design process.