Professional Development Leadership M.S. Requirement (ENGI E4000)

The Professional Development and Leadership (PDL) program educates students to maximize performance and achieve their full potential to become engineering leaders. The course aims to enhance and expand Columbia Engineering graduate students’ interpersonal, professional and leadership skills.

ENGI E4000 is an M.S. degree requirement.

Students are required to complete 10 total sessions in 2 semesters. Six core sessions, covering (1) in-person communication skills; (2) resume; (3) business writing; (4) social media and the job search; (5) executive presence; and (6) academic and professional ethics and integrity. ENGI E4000 also requires (4) elective sessions to further students' development based on their personal interests.

This course is offered Pass/D/Fail.


Students will engage, learn and share their experiences in order to make meaning of professional development
and leadership. The students will:

  1. Gain knowledge, skills and experience that increase ability and motivation to effect positive change, contribute to society, and develop meaning.
  2. Prepare to launch your career by developing skills in writing, interviewing, cultivating a professional network, etc. Recognize the skills necessary to compete effectively.
  3. Develop skills to succeed and grow your career, such as communication, project/time/stress management, programming/technical tools, and professional composure and appeal.
  4. Develop your leadership, followership and teamwork skills through engagement, observation and reflection. Engage in experiential exercises and thought-provoking cases to cultivate ethical behavior and values.

Course Meeting Times
The course begins in mid-August and meets intensively before Labor Day. You will likely complete at least 60% of the course by the end of August. You are expected to attend all August sessions designed especially for your program and discipline. During the semesters, sessions are generally offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. The precise offering will be announced at least 2 weeks in advance, and will require advanced registration.

Academic Integrity
Complete any required assignments in a timely and ethical manner. We expect you to uphold Columbia’s standard on academic integrity