Certificate Degrees

The goals of our graduate program are producing graduate students who create new knowledge that projects a significant presence in national and international forums; graduating doctoral students obtain research positions in top academic, industrial, and government institutions; and funding all doctoral and a majority of master's students throughout their studies.

 

Certificate in Nano-Systems Engineering

Program and Career Focus

The NSF Nano-systems 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

Certificate in Renewable Electric Energy Systems

Program and Career Focus

The Graduate Certificate in Renewable Electric Energy Systems (REES) provides graduate students with the opportunity to develop expertise in renewable electric energy systems and advanced electric power grid technology in addition to their major area of graduate study. Download a PDF copy of this program’s information.

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

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.

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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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