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Engineering Leadership Graduate Degrees

M.Eng. in Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management

Increasingly, successful engineers are expected to be well-versed not only in technical engineering skills, but also in soft skills such as communications, ethics, entrepreneurial thinking, and professionalism.

These traits of leadership and innovation set engineers apart and prepare them to be future global business leaders by providing training and experience in:

  • Identifying new business opportunities
  • Managing projects effectively
  • Promoting internal innovation
  • Working across international and cultural boundaries

Already a recognized leader in engineering leadership development, Penn State’s College of Engineering has the resources to provide the advanced education to prepare engineers to be leaders who are most sought after by corporations worldwide.


The ELIM degree is a 30-credit M.Eng. and is designed to develop the attributes required of today’s successful engineering executives. Specifically, these include increased technical competency, expanded professional skills, the ability to identify opportunities for improvement, and the ability to work effectively in a globally connected engineering environment.

Required Courses
18 credits, plus 3-credit capstone course

Elective Courses
9 credits

  • 500-level elective (3 credits)
  • 500- or 800-level elective (3 credits)
  • 400-, 500-, or 800-level elective (3 credits)

These electives will be chosen by the student, in consultation with their company (if they are associated with a sponsoring company) and the ELIM program director. Electives should be chosen to meet the needs and interests of the student and can be selected from across the university, allowing the student to expand his/her knowledge in various focus areas.

Culminating Experience
3 credits

  • ENGR 805: ELIM Capstone Project
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The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2952