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.  

We invite you to regsiter and attend our series, which will count toward satisfying requirements toward our certificate. Most of the workshops will be held from 5:30pm-7:30pm with exception of March 4*, which will run from 5:00pm-7:30pm.

  • Welcome Back- Building Community and Solving Problems in Virtual Teams - Led by David Niño and GradSAGE. Thursday, March 4
  • The R&D/Innovation role in bringing a strategic choice to life Led by Reza Rahaman. Thursday, March 18
  • Technical Leadership and Finance: What Technical Leaders Need to Know About Dollars and Sense - Led by Olivier de Weck. Tuesday, April 6
  • Foundations for Ethical Action and Integrity in Engineering - Led by James Magarian Wednesday, April 14
  • Managing Up Your Advisor or Supervisor - Led by Diana Chien and Jesse Dunietz. Tuesday, April 27
  • Taking charge of New Roles: Strategies For Your First 90 Days - Led by David Niño and Albert Atkins.Tuesday, May 11

*If you are interested in registering for one or all of our workshops, 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 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.