GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN advanced control systems


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Program Description:

This graduate certificate incorporates the broad range of control systems.

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This graduate certificate is open to all persons holding a B.S. degree in any field of engineering from an ABET accredited undergraduate program or a degree in a closely related technical field such as physics or mathematics.  The minimum overal GPA in the B.S. degree program should be at least 2.5.

Once admitted to the program, the student must take four designated courses as given below.  In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses taken.

Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status.  If the four-course sequence is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the M.S. program in electrical engineering, provided that all other program prerequisites and admission requirements are met.   The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the M.S. program will count towards their master's degrees.  Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the courses in the certificate program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses.

Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as he/she maintains a B average in the courses taken.

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  • Elec Eng 5300: Digital Control
  • Elec Eng 6300: Linear Control Systems

Choose at least two courses from the following:

  • Elec Eng 5320: Neural Networks Control and Applications
  • Elec Eng 5330: Fuzzy Logic Control
  • Elec Eng 5350: Plantwide Process Control
  • Elec Eng 5360:  System Simulation and Identification
  • Elec Eng 5380:  Autonomous Mobile Robots
  • Elec Eng 6310:  Optimal Control and Estimation
  • Elec Eng 6330:  Robust Control Systems
  • Elec Eng 6390:  Current Topics in Control Theory
  • Elec Eng 6335:  Discrete-Time Neural Network Control
  •       or Elec Eng 6350:  Neural Network Control of Nonlinear Continuous-time Systems
  • Elec Eng 5325:  Applied  Nonlinear  
  •       or Elec Eng 6320 - Nonlinear Control Systems

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Course Descriptions:

 Course description can be found in the catalog at

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Graduate Degrees:

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Electrical Engineering (MS)

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)

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