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Technology Leadership Graduate Certificate

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TLI’s Technology Leadership Graduate Certificate is designed for STEM-career professionals and recent graduates who seeks to gain business acumen, managerial skills, and technological foresight. Classes are offered in the evening for the convenience of working professionals and the credits can be applied to TLI’s MS programs, should students later wish to enroll in them.

The 12-credit program is built around eight credits of Management of Technology (MOT) courses. These are core classes required across all of TLI’s graduate programs and are designed to ensure all TLI graduates have the knowledge and skills needed to become successful technology leaders and innovators across all business and industry sectors.

The remaining four credits of the certificate allow students to pursue areas aligned with their technological interests. Currently, this includes tracks for Medical Device Innovation, Security Technologies, or an opportunity for a deeper dive into technology management. Regardless of the track chosen, graduates will be able to transfer these 12 credits directly into any of TLI’s graduate degrees upon admission to a program.

*Prospective M.S. students must meet all criteria prior to acceptance. Visit our graduate admissions page or contact our admissions team at

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Enrollment starts Fall 2023

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The format of our classes allows students to continue to work full time while attending classes. These classes feature:

  • Training by world renowned industry professionals and academics from Minnesota’s top rated engineering college.
  • Flexibility. Classes held in the evenings and designed to meet your schedule.
  • Transferability into TLI’s other leading MS degrees.
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Check the certificate curriculum below to view detailed course information.


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Required Courses

MOT 5010 - Enhancing Technology Leadership Skills (2.0 cr)

Spring Term

This course focuses on preparing students to be leaders in the technology industry ? with a focus on understanding their personal values, emotional intelligence strengths and challenges, business and technical communication, persuasion, personal management, and impact. Critically important to success is demonstrating executive presence and gravitas when dealing with all levels of the organization ? staff, leaders, and customers. Organizations, team responsibilities, and roles are constantly evolving, and it is up to savvy technology leaders to be future-focused ? anticipating and understanding what the organization needs today ? and what it will need to grow, and change driven by the business strategies. A technology leader must be a strategic thought leader, a catalyst for change, and think through innovative and values-driven strategies for their work and their organizations.

MOT 5011 - Creating a High Performing Technology Organization (2.0 cr)

Fall 2024

This course will provide the student with a blueprint for creating and maintaining a technical workforce that is high-performing and diverse, helping students become technical leaders that can effectively lead a transformation to support business strategies. This course will provide the tools and context to ensure the technology leader is creating and sustaining a culture of innovation, accountability, and creativity.

*Students who enroll in the leadership certificate this fall won't complete this certificate until next fall, 2024.

MOT 5012 - Understanding Technology of the Future (2.0 cr)

Fall Term

This course is designed to help students understand the context of technology and engineering in business and society. Tools and techniques are introduced for assessing technology readiness, cost and performance evolution of engineering products and services, and risk management in technology development. Relevance of control engineering principles and systems thinking to technological decision making in uncertain, stochastic environments highlighted. Overviews of strategic planning and technology foresight and forecasting are included. Emerging technologies are reviewed from engineering principles. Societal considerations in engineering and technology development discussed.

MOT 5013 - Leading the Business of Technology (2.0 cr)

Spring Term

This course is designed for people in technical and engineering settings seeking to progress towards leadership roles. The course brings an engineering perspective to business topics such as marketing, strategy, legal, and finance. Topics covered also include technology due-diligence for mergers and acquisitions, launching enterprise wide engineering and technology initiatives, reinventing business models, and developing business cases to support technology strategy.

Elective Courses

 *Students must take at least 4 credits of electives to complete the graduate certificate. That would be some combination of:

  • Management of Technology (MOT) path electives:

MOT 8212Developing New Technology Products (2.0 cr)

Structured approach based on engineering principles for developing new products, including hardware, software, solutions, and services. The course covers all aspects of new offering developments including customer needs identification, idea generation, technology development, project execution, productization and commercialization. Key topics covered include design thinking; stage-gate, waterfall, and agile development processes; metrics and tools for lean-agile execution; ideation and idea funnel management; roadmapping and open innovation; and project portfolio management.

MOT 8218 - Digital Transformation (1.0 cr)

Effective methods to transform into a digital organization. Examines how a highly intentional collaboration between technology and business leaders can identify what being digital means for a company and where it is on the digital maturity continuum. Discusses pragmatic digital transformation journeys grounded in firms' experiences. Digital transformation topics discussed include machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, data science, and software/platform-as-a-service.

MOT 8221 - Project and Knowledge Management (1.5 cr)

Effective project management principles to support both core operations and innovation growth. Emphasizes practical application for effective planning and execution of complex engineering and technology projects. Leading program management methodologies covered including Project Management Professional requirements, Six Sigma, Lean, and Design for Six Sigma. Knowledge management features frameworks for evaluating knowledge assets as well as for knowledge transfer in technology organizations.

MOT 8232 - Managing Technological Innovation (2.0 cr)

Understanding innovation's role as the primary driver of business success. Critical analysis of innovation drivers: building organizations for sustained innovation, digital and large-scale transformation, bringing ideas to market in existing businesses and new ventures, and measuring and enhancing the innovation ecosystem. Engineering approaches for reducing risk for high-impact innovation.

MOT 8920 - Science and Technology Policy (1.5 cr)

Overview of the role of government and the influence of companies and individuals related to science and technology policy. Reviews and evaluates current and proposed regional, national and global technology-related public policies. Emphasis on rigorous, systematic principles for navigating the policy landscape, such as the Bardach framework.

MOT 8940 - Managing Intellectual Property (1.0 cr)

Managing technology by protecting intellectual property rights. Analyzes various intellectual property areas—patents, copyrights, trade secrets, publications, etc.—and the protection afforded by each. Leverages protection strategies based on company culture, market pace and technology maturity. Case studies and discussion centered around high-tech companies, including in the information technology, manufacturing, consumer goods, and electronics industry sectors.


  • Medical Device Innovation (MDI) path electives:

MDI 5010 -  Product Innovation & Development Management (2.0 cr) 

Discover the framework for conceptualization, design, development and the commercialization process for medical products, with a survey of key steps in innovation from an engineering and business perspective.

MOT 8133 Managerial Communications for Technology Leaders: Persuasive Writing and Speaking (2.0 cr)

Persuasive strategies for connecting with an audience, creating goodwill, building trust and reducing conflict while avoiding common errors that undermine credibility. Features nine behavioral practices for speaking effectively while thinking on your feet. *Strongly encouraged.


  • Security Technologies (ST) path electives:

ST 8109 - Cybersecurity Foundations: Technology, Risk & Communication (2.0 cr)

Explore cyber security risks through evaluation of consumer-driven technology concepts and their applicability to enterprise. Learn how technology works, how to understand and communicate risks to business management, and deliver actionable risk mitigation approaches. Discover core technology concepts that face both consumers and businesses as well as security standards and benchmarks that guide industry.

ST 8113 - Managerial Communications for Technology Leaders: Persuasive Writing and Speaking (2.0 cr)

Persuasive strategies for connecting with an audience, creating goodwill, building trust and reducing conflict while avoiding common errors that undermine credibility. Features nine behavioral practices for speaking effectively while thinking on your feet.

ST 8220 - Vulnerability, Risk, and Threat Assessment and Management (2.5 cr)

Focus on principles, methods, and practices of threat and vulnerability assessment and risk reduction, as well as integration of risk assessment and management principles into strategic planning and decision making.

ST 8330 - Critical Infrastructure Protections (2.5 cr)

Discover an overview of risk, its definition and application to critical infrastructures as it relates to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan, as well as best practices to reduce the vulnerability of critical infrastructure systems due to accidents, material failure, natural disasters, or terrorist attacks.

MOT 8133 Managerial Communications for Technology Leaders: Persuasive Writing and Speaking (2.0 cr)

Persuasive strategies for connecting with an audience, creating goodwill, building trust and reducing conflict while avoiding common errors that undermine credibility. Features nine behavioral practices for speaking effectively while thinking on your feet. *Strongly encouraged.


The Technological Leadership Institute’s globally-renowned faculty brings varying approaches, experiences and views to the classroom. They have real-world industry experience and come from throughout the University of Minnesota to provide a high-quality learning environment for students. Browse TLI faculty members by program:

Transfer to the M.S. degree

Students enrolled in the certificate program are encouraged to apply for one of our master’s programs, and will receive priority consideration, though admission is not guaranteed.

Courses taken as part of this certificate program can be applied to the master's programs.

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