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Science Managers Certification Program

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Non-credit supervisory skills training for science and technical managers. Modules can be taken in any order and can be taken individually without the intention of taking all modules. Classes taught at KU Edwards Campus, Overland Park, Kan.

For more information, contact professionalprograms@ku.edu.

The worlds of science and business are increasingly interconnected, creating strong demand for professionals who can combine scientific technical knowledge with skills in leadership, business and communications. The Science Managers Certification Program, offered by the KU Professional & Continuing Education, comprises two sessions per week for six modules. The certification program is aimed at scientists who have moved or anticipate moving into managerial roles in addition to their scientific duties. Students will earn 3.2 continuing education units (CEUs) for each module completed. The program offers a series of focused courses that will provide scientists with professional managerial skills in a format that does not disrupt their workplace responsibilities.

This non-credit professional development certificate is primarily intended for two groups of students:

  1. Science professionals who already possess a degree in their field and need to master professional managerial skills without another degree, yet wish to have the recognition that a certificate from the University of Kansas provides.
  2. Graduate students in the biological, physical, and earth/environmental sciences who foresee a career in a science-oriented private company or governmental entity and wish to add these skills to their portfolios.
Maximum Flexibility
  • Course modules are in short eight-week semesters.
  • Classes meet from 4 p.m.–6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • The entire certificate can be completed in one year.
  • Modules can be taken in any sequence.
  • Modules can be taken individually by those who do not wish to obtain the certification.
Maximum Applicability
  • The course content was developed with industry collaboration.
  • Course instructors have worked in industry.
  • Competency-based learning objectives are developed for all courses.

Course Fees

$5,250 – Full certificate program
$875 – Per individual module
Discounts available for group registrations.

**KU Federal Executive Board Partnership—Federal Employee Discount: This certificate program is available to federal employees at a 10% discounted rate. Learn more here.

Module Information

The Certified Science Manager Certificate consists of six required modules. Click on the module names below to see information about each offering, including registration options.

Organizational Management

Financial Management

Law, Ethics and Intellectual Property

Project Management—Begins Summer/Fall 2017

Organizational Communication—October 2017

Management of People in Science Organizations—March 2018

Module Duration

Certificate Program students can complete all six modules in one year, but they have up to two years to complete the program.

Continuing Education Information

3.2 CEUs for each completed course module
19.2 CEUs for the completion of all six course modules of the Certified Science Manager program
Certificate of Completion from the University of Kansas

Academic Credit Option

For science professionals interested in earning academic credit toward a graduate certificate, there is an academic-credit option available. The certificate is comprised of six courses, two credit hours each, ranging from financial management to organizational communication. Upon successful completion of the 12 total credit hours, students will earn a graduate certificate. This option is available through KU Edwards Campus.


For more information, contact professionalprograms@ku.edu.

Organizational Management Module Registration

Your registration fee includes the required text and access to the online systems during the class(es) for which you are enrolled.

How to Register

Register Online
Payment expected at time of registration
Register by Mail or Fax
Download and mail the registration form to:
The University of Kansas
Professional & Continuing Education
Registration Center
1515 Saint Andrews Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047-1619 or
Fax the form to:
Download a PDF Form
Register by Phone
Call (785) 864-5823 or toll free (877) 404-5823
Register by TDD


Refund/Cancellation, Privacy, Nondiscrimination, Accessibility Policies
Refund and Cancellation

A full refund of registration fees, less a $30 administrative fee, will be approved if requested in writing at kupce@ku.edu and received by March 6, 2017. No refunds will be made after that date. If the text has already been sent, the cost of the text will also be deducted from the refund. A $30 fee also will be charged for returned checks. (Please note that if you fail to cancel by the deadline and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment.) KUPCE reserves the right to cancel the Science Managers Certification Program: Organizational Management Module and return all fees in the event of insufficient registration. The liability of the University of Kansas is limited to the registration fee.


Privacy Policy

KU Professional & Continuing Education does not share, sell, or rent its mailing lists. You have our assurance that any information you provide will be held in confidence by KU Professional & Continuing Education.

We occasionally use mailing lists that we have leased. If you receive unwanted communication from KUPCE, it is because your name appears on a list we have acquired from another source. In this case, please accept our apologies.


Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.


Program Accessibility

We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please call 785-864-5823 or mark the space on the registration form, and a KUPCE representative will contact you to discuss your needs. To ensure accommodation, please register at least two weeks before the start of the course. See the nondiscrimination policy above.

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KU Zero Credit Courses

KU is now offering select Edwards Campus courses in a new Zero Credit format.

Courses available in:
• Environmental Science
• Behavioral Science
• Engineering
• Information Technology
• Education

Learn more here.

Earn academic credit toward a Science Manager Certificate

Learn about the KU Science Manager Graduate Certificate program and admission here.

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