Our graduate certificate programs provide opportunities for full-time workers to expand their knowledge and skills in targeted areas of specialization in ECE. Certificate programs are also an excellent fit for prospective graduate students who are not able or ready to begin graduate studies on a full-time basis. We offer Certificates in: (a) Embedded Systems and Integrated Circuits, (b) Computer Hardware and Software Design and Optimization, (c) Smart Grid and Energy Systems, (d) Large-Scale Data Analytics, (e) Machine Learning Foundations, (f) Signal Processing and Imaging Systems, (g) Communication Systems, (h) Semiconductor Device Fabrication, and (i) RF Engineering.
Application to the Certificate Program
Applications for the Fall semester must be received by August 15, while the application deadline for the Spring semester is January 25. Admission to the ECE Graduate Certificate program is competitive. Those who meet stated requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.
Each Certificate requires satisfactory completion of three graduate-level courses (9 credits) from within the list of ECE graduate courses corresponding to each Certificate. Each course must be completed with a grade no lower than B-. If the grade in one of the courses is below B-, the student may either retake the course or take another course from the same Certificate. The overall GPA across the three graduate courses applied to the selected Certificate must be no lower than 3.0 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be achieved even if a course is repeated or an additional course is completed to be eligible for the certificate to be awarded. Any particular course can only be applied towards a single certificate.
Applying Certificates towards MS Degree Requirements
Students may apply the graduate courses of up to three successfully completed certificates towards the degree requirements for a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MS). All the MS requirements must be satisfied within three years of the completion of the first certificate.