Learn the engineering skills needed to work in development. 

Leaders in Global Engineering

  • Address the root causes of poverty & help remove barriers to prosperity
  • Gain technical skills with a historical context
  • Advance your career in international development
  • Learn from leading professionals and top researchers

Online Certificate Info Session

This video tells you who we are and provides details about the online certificate including cost.

Our online graduate certificate in Global Engineering will be offered beginning in May 2022. Deadline to apply is May 1. Classes begin May 31. The Mortenson Center launched this program to create a pathway for working professionals with diverse backgrounds and expertise from around the world to build their skills in Global Engineering, without the cost and complexity of full-time attendance in Boulder.

The Certificate is designed to offer students exposure to a breadth of knowledge in relevant areas of global development such as global health, development economics, and impact evaluation, while also building skills including data analysis, project management and system thinking. In addition to online courses, students complete a remote practicum, working with a global development organization on a defined scope of work for 250-350 hours (3 credit hours equivalent).

The application process is now open through the Continuing Education website.  Details on how to apply can be found here.

Certificate Requirements

Students earn the certificate by satisfactorily completing 12 credit-hours of graduate-level courses with a grade of B- or higher in each course or module. These requirements are met through our core courses (6 credit-hours total) and a combination of 1 credit-hour modules (6 credit-hours total). ​Up to 9 credit-hours completed as part of the online certificate can be used to complete our Professional Master’s degree in Global Engineering.

 Admission requirements:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in any field, subject to approval by the Mortenson Center

  • English Language Proficiency* 

Required Core courses offered once a year through a cohort approach:

Evergreen 1 credit-hour modules with open enrollment:

Courses offered beginning May 31, 2022. Deadline to apply to the Online Certificate program is May 1, 2022.

  • Data Analytics for Development
  • Introduction to Global Health
  • Introduction to Development Economics
  • Introduction to Humanitarian Aid

 Offered starting in January 2023:

  • Study Design and Impact Evaluation
  • Project Management for Development
  • System Approach to Global Engineering

* International applicants must provide a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score if English is not your native language. The English proficiency requirement will be waived if you have completed at least one year of full-time study at an institution in a country where English is the native language at the time you apply, and within two years from your desired admission term. Your transcripts are used to confirm this. Non-native English speakers only should provide certification of adequate spoken and written English. Preferred scores for each English proficiency exam are: TOEFL= 90 (only internet-based tests accepted) or IELTS = 7.0 or Duolingo = 115