College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Certificate of Supervisory Leadership

This certificate program helps to broaden your supervisory skills in preparation for employment or promotion to supervisory positions. The classes can later be applied toward an associate degree. To earn the certificate you must complete the required courses and earn a grade of C or better in each course.


You must be formally admitted to Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) before you are eligible to register for classes. You are classified as an applicant for regular admission if you are seeking admission to this certificate program. In addition to your application for regular admission, you must furnish an official copy of your high school transcript, or General Education Development (GED) scores. Applicants for regular admission must apply by:
     August 1 for fall semester
     December 15 for spring semester
     May 1 for summer sessions

If your application and supporting materials cannot be received by these deadlines, you may be admitted on a non-degree (temporary) basis. Non-degree (temporary) admission status allows you to begin attending the university without being regularly admitted. While taking classes as a non-degree student, you must apply for regular admission. You must have applied for and been granted regular admission to be awarded the Supervisory Leadership Certificate, and you must declare pursuit of the certificate before completing the 21 credit hour course requirements.

Placement Test

For placement test information:

Course Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG W131

Elementary Composition I
(placement on English Composition placement
test or completion of ENG W129 with C or better)

COM 11400 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
OLS 25200 Human Relations in Organizations 3
OLS 26800 Elements of Law 3
OLS 27400 Applied Leadership 3
OLS 37500

Training Methods
(prerequisite: OLS 252)

Additional credits in OL 3
Total 21

The certificate option is available to community members who enter as non-degree seeking students and to students in good academic standing who are enrolled in non-OL plans of study. OL degree-seeking students are not eligible to enter the certificate program.