Foundations of Professional Development

Gain a competitive edge by learning how to lead teams, create and deliver dynamic presentations, effect change, and understand legal, financial, and marketing concepts, among other essential skills.


Is this program right for you?

You have set your sights on a management or leadership role. You want to understand complex business practices and contribute meaningfully to the bottom line. But you can’t put your career on hold to get there. UW–Madison’s online Capstone Certificate in Foundations of Professional Development is your solution.

Our approach is completely multidisciplinary—your instructors come from across the UW–Madison campus and provide you with critical insights on topics such as marketing, finance, project management, law, and information management. Employers increasingly strive to attract, retain, and promote individuals with this “T-shaped” skill set.

Depending on your course load, you can earn your graduate-level certificate in as few as 10 months or as long as five years; attend classes at your own pace to balance your work, family, and school priorities.

Networking is an important part of your career development. You are in class with people from varied backgrounds—including fellow capstone students and graduate students—who learn from each other. Since all of your work is project-based, it is directly applicable to your specific professional goals.

UW–Madison makes it easy for you to transition to the online environment. This certificate is coordinated by our Engineering Professional Development team, whose online programs have been ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report for the past ten years. Reach your true career potential, starting right now!

Is this program right for you?

You have set your sights on a management or leadership role. You want to understand complex business practices and contribute meaningfully to the bottom line. But you can’t put your career on hold to get there. UW–Madison’s online Capstone Certificate in Foundations of Professional Development is your solution.

Our approach is completely multidisciplinary—your instructors come from across the UW–Madison campus and provide you with critical insights on topics such as marketing, finance, project management, law, and information management. Employers increasingly strive to attract, retain, and promote individuals with this “T-shaped” skill set.

Depending on your course load, you can earn your graduate-level certificate in as few as 10 months or as long as five years; attend classes at your own pace to balance your work, family, and school priorities.

Networking is an important part of your career development. You are in class with people from varied backgrounds—including fellow capstone students and graduate students—who learn from each other. Since all of your work is project-based, it is directly applicable to your specific professional goals.

UW–Madison makes it easy for you to transition to the online environment. This certificate is coordinated by our Engineering Professional Development team, whose online programs have been ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report for the past ten years. Reach your true career potential, starting right now!

Admissions Requirements

All applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the National Society of Professional Engineers website for contact information for state licensing boards

To apply:

  • Online application to UW–Madison as University Special Student.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Letter of recommendation.
  • Phone interview.

Applications are accepted for enrollment beginning with any eight-week session, year-round.

Upcoming Events

Engineering Graduate Application Guidance
December 03 - 04
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December 17
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Program Highlights

  • Our Foundations of Professional Development program is completely online, so you earn your degree without disrupting your career.
  • Our multidisciplinary approach gives you the broad skill set needed to excel in a leadership role in your industry.
  • You learn critical leadership skills from professors across campus divisions to gain knowledge similar to an MBA—at half the time and cost.

How You'll Learn

  • Fully online curriculum completed full- or part-time; you choose when you do most of your work each week.
  • Fully interdisciplinary; courses taught by the College of Engineering, Wisconsin School of Business, School of Library and Information Science, the Legal Studies Program in the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Communication Science.
  • Class sessions are just eight weeks long; start your certificate program at the beginning of any eight-week session.
  • Classes are recorded and archived for your convenience.

Sample Curriculum

Personal Development

  • Connected Learning*
  • Professional Writing**
  • Professional Presentations**
  • Managing Information

Team Development

  • Leading Teams*
  • Project Management**
  • Change Management**
  • Negotiations

Organizational & Professional Development

  • Organizational Communication for Professionals*
  • Professional Ethics**
  • Key Legal Concepts for Professionals**
  • Creating Breakthrough Innovations
  • Marketing for Non-marketing Professionals
  • Financial and Business Acumen

*required
**must choose at least one per term

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