Mortenson Center Graduate Certificate

Any student currently enrolled in a graduate degree program offered by the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder may apply for concurrent enrollment in the Mortenson Center Graduate Certificate. CVEN 5919 is available to any engineering graduate student on a space available basis, however, enrollment in CVEN 5929 and 5939 is limited to EDC students only.

Students interested in completing the Mortenson Center Graduate Certificat must submit a Certificate Enrollment Form to the certificate program advisor at the time they wish to enroll in CVEN 5929. Students who satisfactorily complete the four required courses will earn the certificate upon graduation. Please contact Laura MacDonald, Managing Director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering and graduate certificate program advisor, for further details.

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Students earn the certificate by satisfactorily completing 12 credit-hours approved by the Mortenson Center, with a grade of B- or higher in each course or module. The following courses are required: 

Certificate students start with SCD I, which introduces students to the complexities of the international development industry, providing a survey approach to understanding major historical outcomes, theories, institutions, policies, alternatives and critiques. The SCD Field Practicum provides students with a field-based opportunity to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in MCGE courses and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates professional practice in global engineering. Students typically fulfill the SCD Field Practicum requirement the summer after the first academic year in the program. Learn more about previous practicum placements here.

The remaining six credit hours are to be completed as approved courses or one-credit modules offered by the Mortenson Center or Affiliate Faculty (listed below). MCGE offers courses as sequences of 5-week modules, with each module worth one credit-hour. The following sequences are currently offered:

A. Principles

B. Project Management

  • CVEN 5837-002: Program and Project Management (Spring, 1st five weeks)
  • CVEN 5837-004: Solution Identification and Proposal Development (Spring, 2nd five weeks)

C. Field Methods

  • CVEN 5837-005: Study Design and Community Appraisal (Spring, 1st five weeks)
  • CVEN 5837-006: Data Collection Tools (Spring, 2nd five weeks)
  • CVEN 5837-007: Data Analytics for Development (Spring, 3rd five weeks)

D. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)*

  • CVEN 5939: Drinking Water (Fall, 1st five weeks)
  • CVEN 5939: Sanitation and Hygiene (Fall, 2nd five weeks)
  • CVEN 5939: Water Quality Lab (Fall, 3rd five weeks)

E. Humanitarian Aid*

  • CVEN 5837: Introduction to Humanitarian Aid (Fall, 1st five weeks)
  • CVEN 5837: Disaster Risk Reduction (Fall, 2nd five weeks)
  • CVEN 5837: Refugees, Displacement, Shelters and Settlement (Fall, 3rd five weeks)

F. Household Energy

  • MCEN 5228-007: Household Energy Use and the Services Provided (Spring, 1st five weeks)
  • MCEN 5228-007: Combustion of Solid Fuels (Spring, 2nd five weeks)
  • MCEN 5228-007: Heat Energy Conversion Technology (Spring, 3rd five weeks)

*Currently offered as a three-credit, 15-week course, but will be a three-module series as of Fall 2020.


Water Engineering and Management Graduate Certificate

The Water Engineering and Management Program's graduate certificate in water engineering and management provides an in-depth study of the skills and tools demanded by the rigors of the water profession. Build your non-technical competencies with courses on leadership, communication, financials, governance, and water management.

The certificate is granted by WEMP, and the certificate courses below may count as electives towards the EMP’s Master of Engineering degree. WEMP courses are offered on campus and online. View the online course offerings, made available through Be Boulder Anywhere.

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CVEN 5574: Water Utility Management: Current Issues and Future Challenges
CVEN 5564: Water Profession: Leadership and Communication
CVEN 5584: Water Profession: Financials and Management

CVEN 5147: Engineering Economics and System Design
CVEN 5454: Quantitative Methods
CVEN 5834: Decision Support for Water Systems (Not offered via Be Boulder Anywhere)
PAD 5631: Environmental Politics & Policy Seminar
PAD 5633: Natural Resources & Environmental Law Seminar


Renewable and Sustainable Energy Graduate Certificate

The School of Environment and Sustainability's professional certificate in renewable energy provides an in-depth study of the technologies, policies, and business areas which form the cornerstones of the rapidly growing renewable and sustainable energy industry.

This certificate is granted by the School of Environment and Sustainability, and the certificate courses listed below may count as electives towards the Engineering Management Program’s Master of Engineering degree. RSE courses are offered on campus and online. View the online course offerings, made available through Be Boulder Anywhere.

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ENST 5000: Energy Science and Technology(link is external)
ENST 5001: Renewable Energy Policy(link is external)
ENST 5002: The Business of Sustainable Energy