Applied Engineering Management is a fully online curriculum designed to enable engineers to successfully lead technical teams. It incorporates fundamental applied management skills such as leadership, data-driven decision-making, and economic analysis for managers. This Certificate can be a standalone credential or a stepping stone to the Master’s degree in Engineering Management, for qualified students.


  • B.S. degree in engineering from an ABET-approved program.*
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours (approximately two years of work). Applicants from an international institution must have a strong academic performance comparable to a 2.75 for an undergraduate degree. All GPAs are based on a 4.0 scale.
  • GRE: Not required but may be considered if available.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must provide an English proficiency test score and meet the Graduate School minimum requirements (

*Interested applicants with B.S. degrees in related fields should contact the Graduate Academic Advisor for more specific admission information at For further details about the program, please see the program website.


Applications are accepted for admission to all three terms (fall, spring, summer).

Fall deadline: July 1

Spring deadline: November 1

Summer deadline: May 1


1. Submit an online application for admission as a University Special student, selecting UNCS Capstone Certificate and the program: Applied Engineering Management. This application is received and processed by Adult Career and Special Student Services with final decision held for approval from the specific capstone certificate coordinator. 

2. Submit the following materials to

  • Resume/CV that includes educational history and professional experience
  • Transcripts of all previous college work
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted by the recommender. Use this recommendation form.

3. Complete a phone interview, scheduled after all application materials are received.

4. After a decision has been made, the Graduate Academic Advisor will contact you by email to inform you of the decision and inform you of next steps.

The curriculum is 9 credits from the following courses.  Students must complete all courses with a minimum GPA of 2.00 in each class in order to continue to the next class.

E P D 610 Engineering Analysis for Decision Making3
E P D 611 Engineering Economics and Management3
E P D 710 Foundations of Engineering Leadership2
Select one of the following1
Writing for Professionals
Professional Presentations
Ethics for Professionals
Project Management Essentials
Total Credits9

Minimum Requirements for Capstone Certificate Completion

  • Students must earn a minimum grade of C in each course used to meet Capstone Certificate requirements.
  • Courses in which a student elects the pass/fail or audit option will not count toward completion of Capstone Certificate requirements.
  • All of the Capstone Certificate credits must be earned "in residence" (which includes on campus and distance-delivered courses) at UW-Madison.
  • All of the Capstone Certificate credits must be earned while enrolled in the Capstone Certificate program.

Individual Capstone Certificate programs may have additional requirements for completion, which will be listed above as/if applicable.

  1. Assess foundational engineering management and leadership qualities/skills.
  2. Evaluate nuances of financial decision making and capital budgeting.
  3. Apply data analysis tools and decision-making methodology to engineering applications.
  4. Implement a plan to intentionally grow skillset in one engineering management area: project management, communications or ethics.