This online certificate provides a complete toolkit for well-rounded professionals. Graduates 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.


The 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, legal concepts, and information management. Employers increasingly strive to attract, retain, and promote individuals with these “T-shaped” skill sets.


All classes are fully online. Each class is 1 credit and you must complete 9 credits to graduate; you may choose the classes that best suit your goals.  Class sessions are only 8 weeks long and you can start your certificate program at the beginning of any 8-week session year round; this flexibility makes it easier for working professionals to succeed.


Depending on your course load, you can earn your graduate-level certificate in just 10 months or as long as 5 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 a wide array of 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 10 years. Reach your true career potential, starting right now!


What you Learn

  • Strategically manage complex information and projects in a digital environment
  • Select and successfully apply effective communication strategies
  • Employ proven methods to effectively and ethically work across disciplinary and organizational boundaries
  • Recognize and analyze trends within your discipline and workplace

Where & How you learn


  • Online


  • All courses presented in an 8-week format; begin the program at the start of any 8-week session year round
  • 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
  • Classes recorded and archived for convenience if a class is missed due to work, family, or travel

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All applicants must:

  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale based on the last 60 credits earned from the degree-granting institution; exceptions to standard admission requirements are considered by the admissions committee on an individual basis
  • Complete the online Capstone Certificate application, including at least one letter of recommendation from an employer or colleague
  • 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.

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