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This graduate certificate provides graduate students with the opportunity to reach a demonstrated level of competence in communications and networking. Coursework toward the graduate certificate may be used for credit toward the MS in electrical engineering or computer engineering; however, the certificate's primary purpose is to provide a well-defined body of knowledge for students who want to advance their understanding of modern communications but do not necessarily want to complete requirements for the MS degree. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of the graduate degree programs in the Volgenau School.

The graduate certificate may only be pursued on a part-time basis.


The certificate program in communications and networking is open to all students who hold BS degrees in scientific and engineering disciplines from accredited universities.


The certificate is awarded on completion of five graduate courses (15 credits) in communications and networking. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required and one course with a grade of C at most may be applied toward the certificate. The certificate courses comprise two required foundation courses and three electives.

Banner Code: VS-CERG-CONE

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

Foundation Courses

ECE 528Introduction to Random Processes in Electrical and Computer Engineering3
ECE 542Computer Network Architectures and Protocols3
Total Credits6


After completing the foundation courses, students choose electives by taking three courses from the following:

Select three courses from the following:9
Digital Signal Processing
Introduction to Optical Electronics
Optical Fiber Communications
Statistical Communication Theory
Coding Theory
Adaptive Signal Processing
Design and Analysis of Computer Communication Networks
Network Switching and Routing
Cryptography and Computer Network Security
Digital Communications
Mobile Communication Systems
Detection and Estimation Theory
Advanced Digital Signal Processing
Wireless Networks
High-Speed Networks
Discrete System Simulation
Network Modeling
Queuing Theory
Total Credits9