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Graduate certificate programs

A certificate offers the working professional recognition of a coherent program of advanced study at the graduate level. The certificate programs are compatible with the MS degree requirements, enabling certificate recipients to transition to a degree program without loss of credits. Each certificate requires 15 credits of graduate course work. A student may complete multiple certificates, provided an application has been approved for each and the student satisfies the requirements of each. Each certificate meets a subset of the degree requirements for the MS in either Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering. Currently, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers five certificate programs, as listed below:

In addition, a graduate Certificate in Computer Systems offered jointly by the Departments of Computer and Information Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering is also available.

Acceptance to a Certificate Program

Applicants apply for acceptance to a graduate certificate program through the Office of Graduate Studies. Applicants follow the general procedures for graduate degree acceptance into the MS, but in an abbreviated form. Thus, they fill out the same application form as do degree applicants and supply an essay and official transcripts of all post-secondary work, as instructed herein. However, they are not required to submit GRE scores or recommendation letters.

Other Policies

Prospective students can take up to two courses (with permission of the instructor) for the certificate before completing their official acceptance to the certificate program. It is possible for acceptance to be offered with a contingency that the student must also take one or more undergraduate prerequisite courses.

Certificate students may use no more than one 400-level course toward their certificate program. A 400-level course may be used only when the related graduate course specified in the certificate program is not offered during the student's enrollment in the certificate program.

Other graduate policies, such as those for longevity of credit, acceptable grades, and repeatability of courses, apply to certificate students as to degree students.

For additional information and application forms, please call the Office of Graduate Studies at (508) 999-8604.


Communications Certificate

  1. ECE 521 Random Signals and Systems I
  2. ECE 571 Digital Communications
  3. One of the following three courses:
    • ECE 517 Optical Fiber Communications
    • ECE 569 Advanced Computer Networks
    • ECE 576 Computer Communications
  4. One of the following two courses:
    • ECE 531 Radio Frequency Propagation in Wireless Systems
    • ECE 672 Signal Detection Theory
  5. One of the following two courses:
    • ECE 595 Independent Study: Specialized Communications Systems
    • ECE 671 Information Theory

Total: 15 credits

Graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information


Digital Signal Processing Certificate

  1. ECE 521 Random Signals and Systems I
  2. ECE 574 Discrete-Time Signal Processing
  3. One of the following three courses:
    • ECE 571 Digital Communications
    • ECE 584 Estimation Theory
    • ECE 672 Signal Detection Theory
  4. One of the following three courses:
    • ECE 523 Digital Spectral Analysis
    • ECE 640 Wavelets
    • ECE 674 Time-Frequency Signal Processing
  5. One of the following three courses:
    • ECE 642 Advanced Topics in Signal Processing
    • ECE 575 Sonar Signal Processing
    • ECE 679 Geophysical, Radar and Speech Signal Processing

Total: 15 credits

Graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information


Acoustics Certificate

  1. ECE 521 Random Signals and Systems I
  2. ECE 557 Fundamentals of Acoustics
  3. ECE 574 Discrete-Time Signal Processing
  4. ECE 597 Underwater Acoustics I
  5. One of the following four courses:
    • ECE 575 Sonar Signal Processing
    • ECE 598 Underwater Acoustics II
    • ECE 679 Geophysical, Radar and Speech Signal Processing
    • ECE 699 Acoustic Transduction and Electroacoustic Transducers

Total: 15 credits

Graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information


Electrical Engineering Systems Certificate

  1. ECE 521 Random Signals and Systems I
  2. ECE 581 Mathematics of Systems Analysis
  3. ECE 561 Computer Systems
  4. Choose two of the following courses:
    • ECE 515 Modern Optics
    • ECE 557 Fundamentals of Acoustics
    • ECE 574 Discrete-Time Signal Processing
    • ECE 571 Digital Communications
    • ECE 592 Project Engineering
    • or any other course approved by the ECE Graduate Program Director

Total: 15 credits

Graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information


Computer Systems Engineering Certificate

  1. ECE 560 Computer Systems Performance Analysis
  2. ECE 562 Computer Architecture
  3. ECE 565 Computer Operating Systems
  4. Choose two courses from distinct computer engineering specialization areas. These areas currently are:
    • ECE 541 Database Systems I
    • ECE 566 Microprocessors I
    • ECE 569 Advanced Computer Networks
    • ECE 592 Project Engineering
  5. The following three courses represent one area; hence, one may be used:
    • ECE 609 Distributed Computing Architecture
    • ECE 610 Distributed Computing Programming
    • ECE 611 Current Topics in Distributed Computing

Total: 15 credits

Graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information

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