Admissions to the Foundations of Professional Development, Capstone Certificate have been suspended as of fall 2020 and will be discontinued as of fall 2021. If you have any questions, please contact the department.

This 9-credit certificate in professional leadership is fully online. Offered by the UW–Madison College of Engineering, it is completely multidisciplinary—with instructors from across the UW–Madison campus to provide critical insights on topics such as marketing, finance, project management, legal concepts, and information management. The certificate is built from a selection of 14 one-credit courses in areas such as information and project management, communication, marketing, negotiations, and legal studies. Each course is eight weeks. Throughout these course sprints, the student is immersed in projects alongside other professionals who share similar challenges and passions. Designed for working professionals, students may start the certificate program at the beginning of any 8-week session year round. Students work at their own pace, but may complete the certificate in as little as 10 month or as long as five years. 

Further information, including tuition and costs, is available at the website of the Department of Engineering Professional Development

Admissions to the Foundations of Professional Development, Capstone Certificate have been suspended as of fall 2020 and will be discontinued as of fall 2021. If you have any questions, please contact the department.

Admissions to the Capstone Certificate in Fundamentals of Professional Development have been suspended as of Summer 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Millard at mark.millard@wisc.edu.

Students currently in the program will be supported and will be able to complete the program; however, no new students will be allowed to enroll.

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.000
  • Certificate requires 9 credits
Personal Development
E P D 700 Connected Learning Essentials1
E P D 701 Writing for Professionals1
or E P D 702 Professional Presentations
Team Development
E P D/​GEN BUS/​M H R  783 Leading Teams1
E P D 706 Change Management1
or E P D/​GEN BUS/​OTM  784 Project Management Essentials
Organizational Development
E P D 704 Organizational Communication and Problem Solving1
E P D 712 Ethics for Professionals1
or E P D 713 Key Legal Concepts for Professionals
Additional Core Courses3
Select three courses from this list that have NOT already been taken:
Writing for Professionals
Professional Presentations
Managing Digital Information
Change Management
Creating Breakthrough Innovations
Ethics for Professionals
Key Legal Concepts for Professionals
Financial and Business Acumen
Marketing for Non-Marketing Professionals
Effective Negotiation Strategies
Project Management Essentials
Total Credits9
  1. Strategically manage complex information and projects in a digital environment.
  2. Select and successfully apply effective communication strategies in the workplace.
  3. Employ proven methods to effectively and ethically work across disciplinary and organizational boundaries.
  4. Recognize and analyze trends within your discipline and workplace.