Certificate Degrees

 

 Certificate in Electrical Engineering

This certificate program is primarily intended for individuals who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in Electrical Engineering either for future career opportunities or in preparation for graduate studies. This certificate provides the opportunity for students to take Master’s degree courses without the commitment of undertaking a full Master’s degree.

Many of the courses are available for completion remotely with Engineering Online.

The certificate is also available to on-campus graduate students in the sciences and engineering who want to expand their knowledge of the field.

Program of Study

The EE GCP requires a total of 12 credit hours of graduate-level Electrical Engineering courses taken for a letter grade. There is no prescribed list of courses for the certificate; students may take a combination of courses tailored to their interests and needs, subject to course prerequisites.

The following courses are permitted to be counted towards the degree.

  • Any course listed in the ECE Graduate handbook in Appendices A, B or C as falling into the “EE” major or the “EE/CPE” major, EXCEPT for the following courses:
    • Special topics courses, i.e. courses with numbers starting with ECE 592, ECE 791 or ECE 792
    • 600 and 800 level courses including ECE 600, 633, 634, 650, 695, 699, 833, 834, 895, 896 or 899

The EE courses that currently satisfy these rules are:

On-site Courses

  • ECE 511 –  Analog Electronics
  • ECE 513 – Digital signal processing
  • ECE 515 -Digital Communications
  • ECE 516 – Systems Control Engineering
  • ECE 522 (BME) – Medical Instrumentation
  • ECE 523 – Photonics and Optical Communications
  • ECE 524 – Radio System Design
  • ECE 530 – Physical Electronics (Required For Nep Majors )
  • ECE 531 – Principles of Transistor Devices
  • ECE 532 – Principles of Microwave Circuits
  • ECE 533 – Power Electronics Design & Packaging
  • ECE 534 – Power Electronics
  • ECE(MAE) 535 – Design Of Electromechanical Systems
  • ECE 540 – Electromagnetic Fields
  • ECE 542 – Neural Networks
  • ECE 544 – Design of Electronic Packaging and Interconnects
  • ECE 546 – VLSI System Design
  • ECE 549 – Rf Design For Wireless
  • ECE 550 – Power System Operation and Control
  • ECE 551 – Smart Electric Power Distribution Systems
  • ECE 552 – Renewable Electric Energy Systems
  • ECE 553 – Semiconductor Power Devices
  • ECE 555 – Computer Control of Robots
  • ECE 556 – Mechatronics
  • ECE 557 – Principles of Mos Transistors
  • ECE 558 – Digital Imagining Systems
  • ECE (CHE) 568 – Conventional and Emerging Nanomanufacturing Techniques and Their Applications In Nanosystems
  • ECE 581 – Electronic Power System Protection
  • ECE 582 – Wireless Communication Systems
  • ECE 583 – Electronic Power Engineering Practicum I
  • ECE 584 – Electronic Power Engineering Practicum II
  • ECE 585 – The Business of the Electric Utility Industry
  • ECE 586 – Communications and SCADA Systems for Smart Grid
  • ECE (MSE)(PY) 589 – Solid State Solar And Thermal Harvesting
  • ECE 712 – Integrated Circuit Design For Wireless Communications
  • ECE 718 – Computer-Aided Circuit Analysis
  • ECE 719 – Microwave Circuit Design Using Scattering Parameters
  • ECE 722 – Electronic Properties of Solid-State Materials
  • ECE 723 – Optical Properties of Semiconductors
  • ECE 724 – Electronic Properties of Solid State Devices
  • ECE 725 -Quantum Engineering
  • ECE 726 – Advanced Feedback Control
  • ECE 732 – Dynamics and Control of Electric Machines
  • ECE 733 – Digital Electronics
  • ECE 734 – Power Management Integrated Circuits
  • ECE 736 – Power System Stability and Control
  • ECE 739 – Integrated Circuit Technology & Fabrication Laboratory
  • ECE 751 – Detection and Estimation Theory
  • ECE 752 – Information Theory
  • ECE 753 – Computational Methods for Power Systems
  • ECE 756 –  Advanced Mechatronics
  • ECE 759 –  Pattern Recognition
  • ECE 762 – Advanced Digital Communications Systems
  • ECE 763 – Computer Vision
  • ECE 766 – Signal Processing For Communications and Networking
  • ECE 767 – Error-Control Coding

Engineering Online

  • ECE 511-  Analog Electronics
  • ECE 513 – Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE 514 – Random Processes
  • ECE 515 – Digital Communications
  • ECE 516 – Systems Control Engineering
  • ECE 530 – Physical Electronics
  • ECE 534 – Fundamentals of Power Electronics and Utility Applications
  • ECE (MAE) 535 – Design Of Electromechanical Systems
  • ECE 542 – Neural Networks
  • ECE 544 – Design of Electronic Packaging and Interconnects
  • ECE 546 – Vlsi Design Systems
  • ECE 549 – Rf Design For Wireless
  • ECE 550 – Power System Operation and Control
  • ECE 551 – Smart Electric Power Distribution Systems
  • ECE 552 – Renewable Electric Energy Systems
  • ECE 556 – Agent-Based Mechatronics Systems
  • ECE 568 – Conventional and Emerging Nanomanufacturing Techniques and Their Applications In Nanosystems
  • ECE 581 – Electric Power System Protection
  • ECE 583 – Electric Power Engineering Practicum I
  • ECE 584 – Electric Power Engineering Practicum Ii
  • ECE 585 – The Business of the Electric Utility Industry
  • ECE 586 – Communication and Scada Systems for Smart Grid
  • ECE 589 – Solid State Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting
  • ECE 712 – Integrated Circuit Design For Wireless Communications
  • ECE 719 – Advanced Microwave Design
  • ECE 723 – Optical Properties of Semiconductors
  • ECE 732 – Dynamics and Control of Electric Machines
  • ECE 736 – Power Systems Stability and Control
  • ECE 751 – Detection and Estimation Theory
  • ECE 753 – Computational Methods for Power Systems
  • ECE 759 – Pattern Recognition

Admission Requirements

Students must meet ONE of the following requirements for admission into a Graduate Certificate Program:

  • Have a BS degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from a regionally accredited four-year college or university, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
  • Have a BS or a BA degree in the sciences or engineering from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. The student needs to have taken and passed the background courses appropriate for their proposed plan of study.  The requirements will be the same as for an MS student as per our application website.
  • Be a degree-seeking student in good standing in an NC State University graduate program in the sciences or engineering.

Application and Completion Process

An application for acceptance into the GCP is required for all new students. Students must complete the Graduate School application.

Those applicants who are currently enrolled in an NC State graduate degree program need only provide the graduate student Certificate Plan Data Entry form.

New applications will be reviewed at the department/program level.

Registration procedures, registration dates and course availability for each semester can be found on the Registration and Records webpage.

Every semester that a student is enrolled in the CPE GCP, all credit hours for which the student is registered will be subject to the Electrical and Computer Engineering MS tuition premium. It is the responsibility of the student to apply for, and receive, the certificate once they have completed the requirements in order for this premium to be removed in subsequent semesters, if the student will be continuing in a degree program that is not subject to tuition premium.

Premium tuition is charged based on a student’s program of study, not individual courses the student takes, and this policy is outside the department’s control. For instance, ECE Masters students pay the ECE premium even if in a given semester they take one, two, or three courses outside the ECE department. Similarly, once a student is admitted to the CPE GCP and the certificate is added to their program of study, they will be charged the premium. We plan to include this information on the certificate website so that students make an informed decision.

Multiple Certificates

A student may obtain more than one graduate certificate. Each certificate must have at least 9 credit hours that are unique to it.

 

 Certificate in Computer Engineering

In the certificate program in computer engineering, students gain foundational knowledge in connected systems, networking applications, and computer architecture. Hone your skills in the analysis, design, and operation of computing devices and software, offered over twelve credit hours.

Students will work with a variety of hardware and software tools and analyze research to understand state of the art approaches to computer system design and future challenges the industry will face.

With over half of the courses are available for completion remotely with Engineering Online, you can make the certificate program fit your schedule.

There is no prescribed list of courses for the certificate; students may take a combination of courses tailored to their interests and needs, subject to course prerequisites.

 

Program of Study

The CPE GCP requires a total of 12 credit hours of graduate-level Computer Engineering courses taken for a letter grade. There is no prescribed list of courses for the certificate; students may take a combination of courses tailored to their interests and needs, subject to course prerequisites.

The following courses are permitted to be counted towards the degree.

  • Any course listed in the ECE Graduate handbook in Appendices A, B or C as falling into the “CPE” major or the “EE/CPE” major, EXCEPT for the following courses:
    • Special topics courses, i.e. courses with numbers starting with ECE 592, ECE 791 or ECE 792
    • 600 and 800 level courses including ECE 600, 633, 634, 650, 695, 699, 833, 834, 895, 896 or 899

A list of courses that currently satisfy these rules are as follows:

Onsite Courses

  • ECE(CSC) 506 – Architecture Of Parallel Computers
  • ECE 517 – Object-Oriented Design and Development
  • ECE 546 –  VLSI Systems Design
  • ECE(CSC) 547 – Cloud Computing Technology
  • ECE 560 – Embedded System Architectures
  • ECE 561 – Embedded System Analysis and Optimization
  • ECE 563 – Computer Design and Technology
  • ECE 564 – ASIC and FPGA Design with Verilog
  • ECE 566 –  Compiler Optimization and Scheduling
  • ECE(CSC) 570 – Computer Networks
  • ECE(CSC) 573 – Internet Protocols
  • ECE(CSC) 574 – Computer And Network Security
  • ECE(CSC) 575 – Introduction To Wireless Networking
  • ECE(CSC) 576 – Networking Services:  Qos, Signaling, Processes
  • ECE(CSC) 577 – Switched Network Management
  • ECE(CSC)(OR) 579 – Introduction To Computer Performance Modeling
  • ECE 705 – Memory Systems
  • ECE 706 – Advanced Parallel Computer Architecture
  • ECE 720 – Electronic System Level and Physical Design
  • ECE 721- Advanced Microarchitecture
  • ECE 745 – ASIC Verification
  • ECE(CSC) 773 – Advanced Topics In Internet Protocols
  • ECE(CSC) 774 – Advanced Network Security
  • ECE(CSC) 775 – Advanced Topics In Wireless Networking
  • ECE(CSC) 776 – Design & Performance Evaluation Of Network Systems & Services
  • ECE(CSC) 777 – Telecommunications Network Design

 Engineering Online

  • ECE (CSC) 506 – Architecture of Parallel Computers
  • ECE (CSC) 517 – Object-Oriented Design and Development
  • ECE 546 – Vlsi Design Systems
  • ECE 560 – Embedded System Architectures
  • ECE 561 – Embedded System Optimization
  • ECE 564 – Asic and Fpga Design with Verilog
  • ECE (Csc) 570 – Computer Networks
  • ECE (CSS) 573 – Internet Protocols
  • ECE (CSC) 574 – Computer and Network Security
  • ECE (CSC) 575 – Introduction to Wireless Networking
  • ECE (CSC) 576 – Networking Services: Qos, Signaling, Processes
  • ECE (CSC, OR) 579 – Introduction to Computer Performance Modeling
  • ECE 706 –  Advanced Parallel Computer Architecture
  • ECE 720 –  Electronic System Level And Physical Design
  • ECE 745 – Application Specific Integrated Circuit Verification
  • ECE 773 – Advanced Topics in Internet Protocols

Admission Requirements

Students must meet ONE of the following requirements for admission into a Graduate Certificate Program:

  • Have a BS degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from a regionally accredited four-year college or university, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
  • Have a BS or a BA degree in the sciences or engineering from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. The student needs to have taken and passed the background courses appropriate for their proposed plan of study.  The requirements will be the same as for an MS student as per our application website.
  • Be a degree-seeking student in good standing in an NC State University graduate program in the sciences or engineering.

Application and Completion Process

An application for acceptance into the GCP is required for all new students. Students must complete the Graduate School application.

Those applicants who are currently enrolled in an NC State graduate degree program need only provide the graduate student Certificate Plan Data Entry form.

New applications will be reviewed at the department/program level.

Registration procedures, registration dates and course availability for each semester can be found on the Registration and Records webpage.

Every semester that a student is enrolled in the CPE GCP, all credit hours for which the student is registered will be subject to the Electrical and Computer Engineering MS tuition premium. It is the responsibility of the student to apply for, and receive, the certificate once they have completed the requirements in order for this premium to be removed in subsequent semesters, if the student will be continuing in a degree program that is not subject to tuition premium.

Premium tuition is charged based on a student’s program of study, not individual courses the student takes, and this policy is outside the department’s control. For instance, ECE Masters students pay the ECE premium even if in a given semester they take one, two, or three courses outside the ECE department. Similarly, once a student is admitted to the CPE GCP and the certificate is added to their program of study, they will be charged the premium. We plan to include this information on the certificate website so that students make an informed decision.

Multiple Certificates

A student may obtain more than one graduate certificate. Each certificate must have at least 9 credit hours that are unique to it.

 

 Certificate in ASIC Design & Verification

Advanced silicon chips, including Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) power the remarkable systems we rely on every day. They serve as the foundation for everything from smartphones to wearables and from smart medical devices to autonomous cars.

NC State is a leader in ASIC education. Our faculty provide hands-on instruction in the cutting edge skills demanded by the industry. Our researchers pioneer the processes required to advance this technology.

Engineers trained in state-of-the-art technologies and processes to effectively design—or verify a design—of intricate purpose-built silicon is vital across the industry.

A graduate certificate in ASIC Design and Verification will prepare you to meet the requirements of a growing industry in search of talent equipped to meet the needs of tomorrow. 

Program of Study

The ADV GCP requires a total of 12 credit hours consisting of four graduate-level Electrical and Computer Engineering courses taken for a letter grade. (EOL = course offered via EOL as well to residential students)

All students must complete the following four courses:

  • ECE 564 ASIC and FPGA Design with Verilog (EOL)
  • ECE 745 ASIC Verification (EOL)
  • ECE 748 ASIC Verification with Universal Verification Methodology (EOL)
  • ECE 546 VLSI Design (EOL) or ECE 720 Electronic System Level and Physical Design (EOL)

Note, ECE 720 and ECE 745 require ECE 564.  ECE 748 requires ECE 745.  All these courses are offered every year.  All these courses have required projects.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet ONE of the following requirements for admission into a Graduate Certificate Program:

  • Have a BS degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from a regionally accredited four-year college or university, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
  • Have a BS or a BA degree in the sciences or engineering from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. The student needs to have taken and passed the background courses appropriate for their proposed plan of study.  The requirements will be the same as for an MS student as per our application website.
  • Be a degree-seeking student in good standing in an NC State University graduate program in the sciences or engineering.

Application and Completion Process

An application for acceptance into the GCP is required for all new students. Students must complete the Graduate School application.

Those applicants who are currently enrolled in an NC State graduate degree program need only provide the graduate student Certificate Plan Data Entry form.

New applications will be reviewed at the department/program level.

Registration procedures, registration dates and course availability for each semester can be found on the Registration and Records webpage.

Every semester that a student is enrolled in the CPE GCP, all credit hours for which the student is registered will be subject to the Electrical and Computer Engineering MS tuition premium. It is the responsibility of the student to apply for, and receive, the certificate once they have completed the requirements in order for this premium to be removed in subsequent semesters, if the student will be continuing in a degree program that is not subject to tuition premium.

Premium tuition is charged based on a student’s program of study, not individual courses the student takes, and this policy is outside the department’s control. For instance, ECE Masters students pay the ECE premium even if in a given semester they take one, two, or three courses outside the ECE department. Similarly, once a student is admitted to the CPE GCP and the certificate is added to their program of study, they will be charged the premium. We plan to include this information on the certificate website so that students make an informed decision.

Multiple Certificates

A student may obtain more than one graduate certificate. Each certificate must have at least 9 credit hours that are unique to it.

 

 Certificate in 5G Technologies

5G is the wireless data communications system that will replace the 4G LTE systems currently in use around the world. However, 5G is not an update on 4G. It is a radically new system, using many different architectures, algorithms, circuits, chips and antennas than the previous system. 5G will enable faster streaming to mobile devices with theoretical speeds of up to 10 Gb/s as well as enabling the next generation of the Internet of Things.

As industry is working at a breakneck pace to build out these systems, there is a high demand for engineers who are fluent in the technological challenges and opportunities of this generational leap to 5G.

With a certificate in 5G Technologies, you will be well-equipped to work at the forefront of pivotal technology powered by advanced and advancing communications technologies.

Program of Study

The 5GT GCP requires a total of 12 credit hours consisting of four graduate-level Electrical and Computer Engineering courses taken for a letter grade.  Courses labeled “EOL” will be offered both as live classes and also through  EOL.  Those without “EOL” are only offered to on campus students.  (Note some of these are planned EOL offerings, not current. E.g. The LTE course starts on EOL in Fall 2019).

All students must complete the following course:

  • ECE 592 LTE and 5G Communications (EOL)

Students must then choose three 5G-related courses, taking at least two courses from a single track:

Circuits Track

  1. ECE 511 Analog Electronics (EOL)
  2. ECE 712 Integrated Circuit Design for Wireless Communications (EOL)
  3. ECE 792 Design of Millimeter-Wave Circuits and Systems (EOL)

Microwave Systems and Applied EM Track

  1. ECE 524 Radio System Design
  2. ECE 549 RF Design for Wireless (EOL)
  3. ECE 592 Antennas and Arrays (EOL)

Communications Track

  1. ECE 575 – Wireless Networks
  2. ECE 766 – Signal Processing for Communications and Networking
  3. ECE 570 – Computer Networking (EOL)

Admission Requirements

Students must meet ONE of the following requirements for admission into a Graduate Certificate Program:

  • Have a BS degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from a regionally accredited four-year college or university, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
  • Have a BS or a BA degree in the sciences or engineering from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. The student needs to have taken and passed the background courses appropriate for their proposed plan of study.  The requirements will be the same as for an MS student as per our application website.
  • Be a degree-seeking student in good standing in an NC State University graduate program in the sciences or engineering.

Application and Completion Process

An application for acceptance into the GCP is required for all new students. Students must complete the Graduate School application.

Those applicants who are currently enrolled in an NC State graduate degree program need only provide the graduate student Certificate Plan Data Entry form.

New applications will be reviewed at the department/program level.

Registration procedures, registration dates and course availability for each semester can be found on the Registration and Records webpage.

Every semester that a student is enrolled in the CPE GCP, all credit hours for which the student is registered will be subject to the Electrical and Computer Engineering MS tuition premium. It is the responsibility of the student to apply for, and receive, the certificate once they have completed the requirements in order for this premium to be removed in subsequent semesters, if the student will be continuing in a degree program that is not subject to tuition premium.

Premium tuition is charged based on a student’s program of study, not individual courses the student takes, and this policy is outside the department’s control. For instance, ECE Masters students pay the ECE premium even if in a given semester they take one, two, or three courses outside the ECE department. Similarly, once a student is admitted to the CPE GCP and the certificate is added to their program of study, they will be charged the premium. We plan to include this information on the certificate website so that students make an informed decision.

Multiple Certificates

A student may obtain more than one graduate certificate. Each certificate must have at least 9 credit hours that are unique to it.

 

Certificate in Nano-Systems Engineering

The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) offers a Graduate Certificate program in Nano-Systems Engineering.

This multidisciplinary certificate is for students who want to develop additional expertise in the field of nano-science and technology. The graduate certificate consists of a sequence of courses that will equip students with the technical skills essential for graduate research in the field. In addition, the certificate teaches entrepreneurship and other relevant skills that will help students to be competitive in the modern engineering environment.

The scope of the program is broad enough to include applications of nano-technology in a variety of fields including digital logic, energy harvesting, biomedical applications and others. As such, the certificate includes technical electives from many departments to provide breadth in different topics.

 

Degree Programs

  • Degree and Non-Degree students

Certificate Coordinators

  • Dr. Mehmet C. Ozturk & Dr. Elena Veety

Multiple Certificates

A student may obtain more than one graduate certificate. Each certificate must have at least 9 credit hours that are unique to it.

Requirements

Minimum Overall and Major (ECE courses) GPA to Graduate: 3.0
Credit Hours Required to Graduate: 15

Admission Requirements

Students must meet ONE of the following requirements for admission into a Graduate Certificate Program:

  • Have a BS degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from a regionally accredited four-year college or university, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
  • Have a BS or a BA degree in the sciences or engineering from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. The student needs to have taken and passed the background courses appropriate for their proposed plan of study.  The requirements will be the same as for an MS student as per our application website.
  • Be a degree-seeking student in good standing in an NC State University graduate program in the sciences or engineering.

Application and Completion Process

An application for acceptance into the GCP is required for all new students. Students must complete the Graduate School application.

Those applicants who are currently enrolled in an NC State graduate degree program need only provide the graduate student Certificate Plan Data Entry form.

New applications will be reviewed at the department/program level.

Registration procedures, registration dates and course availability for each semester can be found on the Registration and Records webpage.

Every semester that a student is enrolled in the CPE GCP, all credit hours for which the student is registered will be subject to the Electrical and Computer Engineering MS tuition premium. It is the responsibility of the student to apply for, and receive, the certificate once they have completed the requirements in order for this premium to be removed in subsequent semesters, if the student will be continuing in a degree program that is not subject to tuition premium.

Premium tuition is charged based on a student’s program of study, not individual courses the student takes, and this policy is outside the department’s control. For instance, ECE Masters students pay the ECE premium even if in a given semester they take one, two, or three courses outside the ECE department. Similarly, once a student is admitted to the CPE GCP and the certificate is added to their program of study, they will be charged the premium. We plan to include this information on the certificate website so that students make an informed decision.

Multiple Certificates

A student may obtain more than one graduate certificate. Each certificate must have at least 9 credit hours that are unique to it.

Certificate in Renewable Electric Energy Systems

Working in conjunction with the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center, the Graduate Certificate in REES helps students to develop expertise in renewable electric energy systems and advanced power grid technology.

For those wishing to pursue an advanced degree, the REES certificate program can also provide a strong foundation for a master’s degree which addresses broader aspects of renewable energy such as systems theory, semiconductor power devices, distributed grid intelligence, secured communications, power electronics for high frequency and high voltage power conversion, and distributed energy storage devices.

 

Admission Requirements

Applicants with appropriate background must meet one of the three following requirements:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university, and have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale in their last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study;
  • Be a degree student in good standing in an NC State University graduate program; or
  • Have a Master’s degree in a related field of study.

A student may obtain more than one graduate certificate in a different field. Each certificate must have at least nine (9) credit hours that are unique to it.

Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Renewable Electric Energy Systems requires a minimum of 12 hours, including one 3-hour core course and nine credit hours of electives from the official elective list. Students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of B (3.0).

Program of Study

The Graduate Certificate in Renewable Electric Energy Systems includes the following core and elective courses:

Core Course (required):

ECE 552 Renewable Electric Energy Systems

Electives (choose 3):

ECE 550 Power System Operation and Control
ECE 581 Electric Power System Protection
ECE 534 Power Electronics
ECE 551 Smart Electric Power Distribution Systems
ECE 535 Design of Electromechanical Systems
ECE 585 The Business of the Electric Utility Industry
ECE 589 Solid State Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting
ECE 736 Power System Stability and Control

Academic Performance

Award of a Graduate Certificate in Renewable Electric Energy Systems (REES) requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. None of the required 12 hours may be taken for S/U or “credit only”. No transfer credits from other institutions are allowed for the certificate. All students must be registered through NC State University. All REES requirements must be completed within the first four (4) calendar years beginning with the date the students begin the course work for the certificate. All Certificate students are expected to maintain continuous enrollment every semester (excluding summer sessions) until all course work is completed. Under unusual circumstances, a one-semester leave of absence will be granted if the student is unable to enroll in a course. Written approval from the certificate coordinator must be obtained before the beginning of the semester.

Applying for the Graduate Certificate in Renewable Electric Energy Systems

Students submit a program application, a resume identifying educational preparation and work experience, official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work and a timeline for certificate completion. After the application is reviewed, students will be notified of their acceptance to the program by the Certificate Coordinator.

Each semester, students may contact the Certificate Coordinator to determine registration procedures, course availability, and registration dates. At the end of each semester, students should submit documentation of Course Completion form to the Certificate Coordinator in order to maintain approved status in the Certificate Program.

Non-Degree Students

Those who wish to undertake academic work beyond the Bachelor’s degree, but are not currently admitted to a graduate degree program, may enroll under the Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) classification in order to participate in the Certificate Program. This classification is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students sponsored by an agency of the U.S. government or married to a current NC State student.

The PBS classification carries with it no implication that the student will be admitted to the Graduate School in any degree classification or that courses taken will be accepted for degree credit.

For additional information, please refer to the University Policies, Regulations & Rules Handbook in the Rules for Participation in Post-Baccalaureate Studies section.

Certificate Coordinators

Admission Requirements

Students must meet ONE of the following requirements for admission into a Graduate Certificate Program:

  • Have a BS degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from a regionally accredited four-year college or university, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
  • Have a BS or a BA degree in the sciences or engineering from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. The student needs to have taken and passed the background courses appropriate for their proposed plan of study.  The requirements will be the same as for an MS student as per our application website.
  • Be a degree-seeking student in good standing in an NC State University graduate program in the sciences or engineering.

Application and Completion Process

An application for acceptance into the GCP is required for all new students. Students must complete the Graduate School application.

Those applicants who are currently enrolled in an NC State graduate degree program need only provide the graduate student Certificate Plan Data Entry form.

New applications will be reviewed at the department/program level.

Registration procedures, registration dates and course availability for each semester can be found on the Registration and Records webpage.

Every semester that a student is enrolled in the CPE GCP, all credit hours for which the student is registered will be subject to the Electrical and Computer Engineering MS tuition premium. It is the responsibility of the student to apply for, and receive, the certificate once they have completed the requirements in order for this premium to be removed in subsequent semesters, if the student will be continuing in a degree program that is not subject to tuition premium.

Premium tuition is charged based on a student’s program of study, not individual courses the student takes, and this policy is outside the department’s control. For instance, ECE Masters students pay the ECE premium even if in a given semester they take one, two, or three courses outside the ECE department. Similarly, once a student is admitted to the CPE GCP and the certificate is added to their program of study, they will be charged the premium. We plan to include this information on the certificate website so that students make an informed decision.

Multiple Certificates

A student may obtain more than one graduate certificate. Each certificate must have at least 9 credit hours that are unique to it.

Program Information

All courses must be taken for a grade, and may not be taken for Credit Only. All Graduate Certificate Program (GCP) requirements must be completed within four calendar years, starting with the date the student begins coursework applicable to the GCP. Students must maintain continuous enrollment every academic semester until all coursework has been completed. A one-semester Leave of Absence may be granted if the student is unable to enroll in a course due to extenuating circumstances. The Leave of Absence must be approved in writing by the Certificate Coordinator and the Director of Graduate Programs before the start of the semester.

Financial Aid/Funding

Students enrolled in non-teaching certificate programs are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit from other institutions is not allowed for Graduate Certificate Programs (GCP). Students must register for all coursework through NC State University. Up to 12 credits from a GCP may be transferred to a Master’s degree program.

Here or There

Engineering is an ever-changing field. That is why lifelong learning is such a fundamental priority for engineers, and earning a professional certificate is the best way to stay ahead of the curve.

With NC State’s Engineering Online, we have a long record of success in engineering distance education — more than 40 years long.

We are fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and we are authorized in every U.S. state for delivery of online degree programs.

In Online Graduate Engineering according to US News & World Report 2019

Admissions Requirements

Applicants with appropriate background must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  1. Be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university and have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
  2. Be a degree student in good standing in an NC State University graduate program.
  3. Have a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
  4. Non-degree applicants who do not have a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering will be required to take and pass the following courses with a grade of B or above prior to applying to the program: ECE 200, ECE 211, ECE 220, and ECE 305.

Graduate Catalog

The Graduate Catalog contains Graduate School requirements and pertinent information for individual graduate programs, a current list of graduate faculty, and a selection of other resources for new students.

Course Details & Specialty Areas

Find out more about the various specialty areas of research and instruction and the relevant courses offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Still have questions?

The staff of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Office is available to answer any questions you may have.

Current students contact us at: ecegradoffice@ncsu.edu
Prospective students contact us at: eceadmissions@ncsu.edu
You can also reach the Graduate Office by phone at 919.515.5460

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