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Radio Frequency Photonics Engineering
Graduate Certificate

The Radio Frequency (RF) Photonics Engineering certificate program provides learning experiences in RF and photonics integrated circuit design, simulations, layout, and high-frequency RF device measurement techniques.

You will learn basic knowledge and skills for working in industries related to RF electronics, photonics, and their overlap. There is currently significant demand for workforce development in these areas. The program is designed to benefit nearby small business enterprises, big business enterprises, and government facilities.

This 15-hour credit certificate program can be completed in as little as two years based on the average student completion when following a standard schedule.

This program focuses on:

  • courses related to RF electronic and photonic devices
  • their system applications in radar, electronic sensing
  • next-generation wireless communication infrastructure

Ideal for individuals pursuing careers in:

  • RF design or testing engineer
  • Photonics design or testing engineer

Required courses

Each of the following 3-credit hour courses is required.

  • ECE 530: Introduction to Advanced Electronics and Optoelectronics
  • ECE 531: Radio Frequency Photonics
  • ECE 534: Radio Frequency Circuit Design

Elective courses

Choose two of the following 3-credit elective courses:

  • ECE 532: Radar Engineering 
  • ECE 591/435: Microwave Engineering 
  • ECE 535: Analog Integrated Circuit Design 

University requirements for graduate admissions

  • Submit an application via the online portal. Be sure to provide your full legal name and to capitalize the first letter of all proper nouns.
  • Pay non-refundable $60 application fee (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa) via the online portal. For Nursing applicants, the non-refundable application fee is $75.
  • Statement of Purpose, minimum 300 words. Unless otherwise indicated in the program requirement details, indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist us in making assistantship decisions.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless of whether a credential is earned or not). Unofficial transcripts are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled a final official transcript is required. International students applying with an transcript evaluation, please submit that document with your unofficial transcripts. International applicants for Data Science must submit semester-by-semester transcripts as well as consolidated transcripts. 
  • Many programs have specific recommendations/requirements, please see the additional program-specific requirements for more information.
  • International students: official TOEFL iBT, IELTS, Pearson PTE or Duolingo (if accepted by program) score. Unofficial scores are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled official scores are required and must be sent by the testing agency (copies/scans not accepted). This is required of any applicant who did not earn a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or accepted English-speaking country, see exemptions for more details. We require an overall/total minimum score of 72 on the TOEFL iBT or BAND 6.0 on the IELTS or a 52 on the Pearsons PTE Academic for entrance to any program and a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT or BAND 6.5 on the IELTS for consideration for a teaching assistantship. Some programs require higher minimum scores (see program-specific requirements). Most programs also accept the Duolingo with a minimum score of 95. The following programs do not accept the Duolingo: Art Education, Biology/Marine Biology, Nursing (MS, DNP, PhD), Psychology: Clinical, and Public Policy. 
  • All official documents are required for enrollment, please have documents (ie. test scores) sent prior to the expiration. 

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