Graduate Certificate in Electric Power Systems Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Program Description   |   Curriculum   |   Course Descriptions
Admission Requirements   |   Graduate Degrees

Program Description:

This graduate certificate program is designed to provide specialized graduate-level education for working professionals in the area of electric power systems engineering.

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The Electric Machines and Drives Program is open to all persons holding a B.S. degree in any field of engineering from and ABET accredited undergraduate program and having a minimum of 24 months of post B.S. professional work experience that would normally require an engineering degree or a degree in a closely related technical field such as physics or mathematics. The minimum overall 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 above. 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; however, if they complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the MS program in electrical or computer engineering if they apply. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the MS 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 5540: Power Systems Engineering
  • ELEC ENG 5550: Electric Power Quality

Choose at least two of the following seven courses:

  • ELEC ENG 5570: Extra High Voltage Engineering
  • ELEC ENG 6580: Economic Operation of Power Systems
  • ELEC ENG 6560: Power System Protection
  • ELEC ENG 6550: Power System Stability
  • ELEC ENG 6570: Surge Phenomena in Power Systems
  • ELEC ENG 6540: Computer Methods in Power System Analysis
  • ELEC ENG 6300: Linear 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:

Computer Engineering (MS) 
Electrical Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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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.

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