The University of Colorado Department of Human Resources (HR) and the Lockheed Martin Engineering Management Program (EMP) have partnered to offer a graduate Leadership and Management certificate for CU employees. We developed this certificate to help our current and future leaders develop and refine their leadership skills and learn new ways to measure and enhance organizational effectiveness. This certificate is 12 credit hours and the courses may be applied toward the Master of Engineering (M.E.) in Engineering Management.

Certificate Application Requirements

  • Only employees from CU Boulder and CU Systems can apply.
  • Permission of both their immediate supervisor and their hiring authority/appointing authority (if different than immediate supervisor).
  • Employees must have at least 'meeting expectation' performance ratings (Level 2 for classified employees or Levels 3 -5 for exempt professional employees).
  • Employees must be managing or otherwise involved in the strategic direction of their department or be identified as someone likely to assume a supervisory, managerial or leadership role.
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university with a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Employees must use their tuition reimbursement benefit, up to 9 credits per year, toward the Certificate.

Special Benefits Associated with the Exclusive Program

  • Selected employees are eligible to use work time to take all classes.
  • Participants will be eligible to have fees and books paid by their department.

Required Courses

Effective Spring 2020 

(12 credit hours) 

  • EMEN 5030 Project Management or EMEN 5405 Systems Engineering
  • EMEN 5050 Leading Oneself or EMEN 5052 Leading Others or EMEN 5053 Leading Technical Organizations
  • EMEN 5080 Ethical Decision Making
  • EMEN 5020 Finance for Engineering Managers

Prior to Spring 2020

(12 Credit Hours)

  • EMEN 5030: Project Management
  • EMEN 5050: Leading Oneself
  • EMEN 5080: Ethical Decision Making
  • EMEN 5052:  Leading Others - starting Fall 2017 (Prior to Fall 2017, EMEN 5040 required instead)

*EMEN 5040 is no longer being offered, but if you have already taken this course as part of the certificate it will count instead of Leading Others.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall application deadline: August 1st
  • Spring application deadline: December 1st

  • Summer application deadline:  May 1st

How To Apply

  1. Online application
  2. Current Professional Resume
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Cover Letter
  5. Signed recommendation letter from your direct supervisor that explicitly states support of participation in this program, including using work time to take classes (if applicable) and department payment of fees and books.
  6. CU employees should review the complete requirements and steps necessary to use their tuition reimbursement benefit.

Please fill out this Certificate Completion Form before you graduate.  A paper certificate is mailed approximately eight weeks after the end of the semester that you graduate. If you did not establish a separate diploma address when you applied to graduate, your certificate will be mailed to your home address.