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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers an online graduate certificate in electrical and computer engineering. This certificate is focused on the designing and testing of specialized hardware systems, as well as methodologies for the modeling, designing, testing, and verification of specialized and embedded hardware systems. The program also explores hardware architectures and intelligent machines. The program is taught by the same world-class faculty members who teach in the on-campus programs.

Admission requirements for the program include a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or related fields, an understanding of digital systems and design of combinational and sequential circuits, official transcripts, and TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students who come from countries where English is not the first language.

Made up of four courses, this program covers the techniques and tools in component design and system design, modeling, and testing, with a focus on the use of design languages such as C++ and Verilog. Some of the courses in the program include the modeling and synthesis of digital systems using Verilog, digital systems testing, embedded core architectures, and methods for system design and modeling.

  • Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Accreditation: New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE
  • Expected Time to Completion: 24 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $1,566 per credit-hour

Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University offers an online advanced electric power engineering certificate program. This 100 percent online program provides students with advanced knowledge of the design and operation of electric power systems.

The major admission requirements for the program include an ABET-accredited bachelor’s degree, relevant transcripts, a current resume, a personal statement, statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation.

Comprising 15 credit-hours, this program certifies that the students have successfully completed graduate-level courses in advanced aspects of electric power systems. Courses include advanced methods in power systems, an introduction to electric machinery and drives, power system analysis, power electronics, transient analysis methods, advanced electric machinery and drives, and power system protection.

On successful completion of the program, graduates may qualify for leadership opportunities and project management responsibilities.

  • Location: Houghton, Michigan
  • Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 12 to 24 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $1,212 per credit-hour

Colorado State University

Colorado State University offers an online graduate certificate in energy and power. This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to craft intelligent solutions to meet the world’s growing needs for energy. This graduate certificate program is designed for professionals in industry, government, and academia with a career interest in the electric power and energy field. Courses in this program are taught using video, narrated presentations, and lecture capture by experienced faculty members.

Applicants to the program must have a bachelor of science (BS) from a regionally accredited institution in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or related field; a complete the online graduate application; and official transcripts of all collegiate work completed from every institution attended. International students must demonstrate proficiency in English language either by the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic tests prior to admission.

The program comprises nine credit-hours, exploring topics such as an introduction to power system markets, signal processing for power systems, electrical power engineering, and electric power quality.

Students learn how to enhance energy systems, implement alternative sources of energy, manage energy networks, and support the power and energy infrastructures as a whole. Graduates of the program will be well-equipped to work as architectural and engineering managers, aerospace engineers, electrical engineers, and electronics engineers.

  • Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission
  • Expected Time to Completion: 12 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $705 per credit-hour

Stanford University

Stanford University offers an online graduate certificate in electronic circuits. This program can be completed entirely online. Topics such as analog, digital circuit design, mixed-signal, and radio-frequency are addressed in this program. The program is ideal for circuit design practitioners interested in enhancing their skills; researchers in the natural sciences; those interested in understanding the fundamentals and limitations encountered in electronic systems; and device, application, and system engineers interested in re-focusing their careers toward circuit design.

In order to get accepted into the program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better, a completed online application, and graduate and undergraduate level transcripts from all prior higher education institutions.

The program consists of four courses in all, providing students with a holistic overview of what goes on behind the scenes to activate an integrated circuit. Courses in this program include the fundamentals of analog integrated circuit design, advanced integrated circuit design, analog-digital interface circuits, and digital systems engineering.

Students through this program get a deep understanding of modern circuit design, methods used to solve actual design challenges, and also about technologies such as the complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) and heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT).

  • Location: Palo Alto, California
  • Accreditation: Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 12 to 36 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $1,300 per credit-hour

University of Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin offers an online graduate certificate in power conversion and control. The program accommodates students’ work and travel schedules, as it can be completed fully online. This program helps students expand their technical knowledge of electronics, power controls, and drives. The program faculty includes senior, highly respected professors with extensive real-world experience.

In order to get accepted into the program, applicants must have a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or the equivalent from an ABET-accredited program, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and TOEFL scores (for international applicants).

Made up of nine credit-hours, the curriculum enhances the knowledge of practicing engineers, exploring topics such as an introduction to electric drive systems, power electronic circuits, and automatic controls.

Students learn about the latest technology in electric machines, power electronics, sensors, actuators, motion control, drive applications, and drives. They also develop broad technical skills, and this certificate serves as a stepping stone to students who wish to apply for the online master of science in electrical engineering—power master’s degree program.

The program can open up several opportunities for graduates. They can take up roles as architectural and engineering managers, energy engineers, and engineering teachers.

  • Location: Madison, Wisconsin
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 12 to 24 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $1,600 per credit-hour

Postsecondary Certificate in Electrical Engineering & Electronics

Bismarck State College

Bismarck State College offers a certificate program in electronics technology, which can be completed online or on-campus. Providing students with fundamental knowledge of electronics, the study material is intense and focuses on real-world applicability. Students opting for the program must have strong reading and math skills. Since every industry has an electronic aspect in its operations, electronic technicians enjoy high demand.

In order to get accepted into the program, applicants must submit a completed online application, their official high school transcripts, documented proof of immunizations, and placement test scores.

Consisting of 28 credit-hours, courses in the program include direct current analysis, digital electronics, solid state devices, active devices, AC analysis, and digital electronics lab.

Graduates of the program can pursue roles such as calibration technician, manufacturing technician, factory service technician, network technician, repair specialist, maintenance supervisor, and troubleshooter.

  • Location: Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Expected Time to Completion: 12 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $4,200 annually

Professors to Know in Electrical Engineering

Kaveh Pahlavan, PhD Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Kaveh Pahlavan is a professor of electrical and computer engineering, as well as computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Some of the courses he teaches include an introduction to wireless networks, an introduction to local and wide area networks, wireless information networks, and wireless access and localization. He also serves as the director of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies.

Dr. Pahlavan’s research and teaching interests include indoor geolocation, wifi localization, broadband and location aware wireless networks, hybrid mobile data networks, multi-robot localization, and body area networking. He has published his work in prominent journals such as the International Journal of Wireless Information Networks and the IEEE Sensors Journal. He holds his PhD from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, GC from University of Oklahoma, and MS from University of Tehran.

Giri Venkataramanan, PhD University of Wisconsin

Dr. Giri Venkataramanan is a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, teaching electrical and computer engineering. His research focuses on power electronics in building lighting, industrial motor control, climate conditioning, electric generation, transportation systems, and renewable power generation systems such as solar power, geothermal power, and wind power.

Dr. Venkataramanan’s work has appeared in top journals such as Energies and the Journal of Applied Physics. Notably, he received the Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching. He earned his PhD from University of Wisconsin–Madison, MS from Caltech, and BE from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, India.