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Certificate Programs

  • The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department offers graduate certificate programs for individuals interested in advanced study at the graduate level in a specific ECE technical area.
  • The certificate programs are compatible with MSEE and EE degree requirements, enabling certificate recipients to apply graduate credits received during the certificate(s) towards NPS degrees.
  • The certificate programs may be pursued concurrently with the the graduate degrees.
  • A student may complete multiple certificates, provided he/she has been approved for each and satisfies the requirements of each.
  • Each certificate meets a subset of the requirements for the MSEE and EE degrees.
Certificate programs provide the fundamental background and analytical skills needed in a specific technical area to individuals involved in the specification, design, or management of technical systems or programs pertaining to that area.
Requirements for each certificate are met by passing each course and obtaining an average overall GQPR of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The academic certificate program must be completed within 3 years of admission to the program.

Current NPS resident students, Applicants with a US government affiliation, Government laboratory engineers, Navy civilians, Employees of corporations that are contractors for the Department of Defense (DoD) and are sponsored by their company.

Entrance Requirements for NPS resident students

Acceptance by the ECE Department for students not currently enrolled in any of the degree programs currently offered by the ECE Department.

Entrance Requirements for students not already enrolled at NPS

  • 323 APC
  • Acceptance by the ECE Department: Entrance to the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School is through a three-part requirement consisting of a minimum grade point average (GPA) at the undergraduate level, a sufficient mathematics background, and a sufficient background in technical undergraduate studies. Applicants with a B.S.E.E. degree, will usually satisfy the last two requirements automatically.
  • Participation Agreement needs to be turned by DL students during their NPS application process . This form is NOT required for current NPS resident students.

For individuals already enrolled at NPS

     Resident Students: Turn in hardcopy paperwork to the ECE Department Education Technician (see Contact Us Section) Span 402, NLT the second week of the last quarter at NPS.

     DL Students: E-mail paperwork and copy of Python matrix showing planned certificate courses to the ECE Department Education technician (see Contact Us Section) NLT the second week of the last NPS certificate/degree program.

For individuals not enrolled at NPS

  • A complete list of NPS acadmic certificates may be found here (ECE Certificates are labelled 284 to 297).
  • Apply to NPS online and select the certificate of interest.

 

Current NPS students: There are no additional costs associated with the certificate programs

 

 Is There a Service Commitment?

Students participating in a program at The Naval Postgraduate School may incur service and/or employment obligations. It is the students responsibility to check with their own parent command/organization to determine whether education from NPS incurs service and/or employment obligations.

Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, a Naval Officer will incur a 1 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from a NPS Certificate program, which is served concurrently with any other service obligation.  All students must submit a signedParticipation Agreement prior to enrolling in the program.

For a more extensive description of the ECE Department, the program, and course descriptions and schedule, check back on theECE Home Page.

Resident students: for more information and/or to enroll in the certificates, contact:
Professor Monique Fargues
Associate Chair for Student Programs
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California 93943
(831) 656-2859 (DSN 878-2859), Fax: (831) 656-2760.

For specific information regarding offerings via distance learning, contact:
Professor Roberto Cristi
ECE Department - DL Business Manager
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California 93943
(831) 656-2223 (DSN 878-2223), Fax: (831) 656-2760.

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Graduate Academic Certificates Available

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Provides students with the skills required for analysis, design and evaluation of guidance, navigation and control systems. The certificate provides a solid engineering foundation which covers the fundamental concepts of optimal estimation methods for linear and nonlinear systems, optimal control laws for control systems, including minimum time control, minimum energy control, and linear quadratic regulator. Students will gain the skills required to analyze and design missile guidance and inertial navigation systems, ballistic missile targeting systems, and missile motion simulators.

The four-graduate-course sequence is extracted from the current set of graduate courses required to complete the Guidance, Navigation Control Systems specialization track for the MSEE Degree offered by the ECE Department.

  • The four-course sequence is composed of:
  • EC3310: Optimal Estimation: Sensor and Data Association (3-2)
  • EC3320: Optimal Control Systems (3-2)
  • EC4330: Navigation, Missile, and Avionics Systems (3-2)
  • EC4350: Nonlinear Control Systems (3-2)

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Provides students with the skills and abilities needed to analyze, design and evaluate hardware fault tolerant computer systems by applying knowledge of test techniques, hardware redundancy techniques, design-for-testability, built-in self test, and systems diagnosis. The certificate provides a solid engineering foundation which covers the fundamental concepts of conventional microprocessors and develops programming skills needed to analyze, design and evaluate fault tolerant computer systems using Verilog.

The three-course sequence is composed of:

  • EC3800 - Microprocessor Based System Design (3-2)
  • EC4910 - Fault Tolerant Computing (3-2)
  • CS4920 - Advanced Computer Architecture (3-2)

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Provides students with the skills and abilities required to analyze, design and evaluate reconfigurable computer systems by applying knowledge of FPGAs, advanced reconfigurable computing, parallel processes and parallel algorithms gained through computer-based laboratory work. The certificate provides a solid engineering foundation which covers the fundamental concepts of conventional and reconfigurable computer systems by applying knowledge of programming and operating systems.

The three-graduate-course sequence is extracted from the current set of graduate courses required to complete the Computer Systems specialization track for the MSEE Degree offered by the ECE Department.

The three-course sequence is composed of:

  • EC3820 - Computer Systems (3-2)
  • EC3840 - Introduction to Computer Architecture (3-2)
  • EC4820 - Advanced Computer Architecture (3-2)

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Provides students an understanding of random processes sufficient for analysis of communication systems and networks corrupted by broadband noise and multipath fading. The certificate provides a solid engineering foundation which covers the fundamental concepts of communication systems and networks, forward error control coding and its impacts when used in modern digital communications systems.

The four-graduate-course sequence is extracted from the current set of graduate courses required to complete the Communication Systems specialization track for the MSEE Degree offered by the ECE Department.

The four-course sequence is composed of:

  • EC3500 - Analysis of Random Signals (4-0)
  • EC3510 - Communications Engineering (3-1)
  • EC4550 - Digital Communications (4-0)
  • EC4580 - Error Correction Coding (4-0)

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Provides a solid engineering foundation which covers the fundamental concepts in electrical power conversion and electromechanical power conversion at the advanced level. This coherent program is obtained by taking a 4-graduate-course sequence which provides a mixture of instruction and computer-based laboratories offering students the opportunity to study the behavior and performance of power systems in a virtual environment.

The 4-graduate-course sequence is extracted from the current set of graduate courses required to complete the Solid State Microelectronics and Power Systems specialization track for the MSEE Degree offered by the ECE Department.

The four-course sequence is composed of:

  • EC3130 - Electrical Machine Theory (4-2)
  • EC4130- Advanced Electrical Machinery Systems (4-2)
  • EC3150- Solid State Power Conversion (3-2)
  • EC4150- Advanced Solid State Power Conversion (4-1)

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Provides students an understanding of digital signal processing fundamentals, principles, and applications at the advanced level. The certificate provides a solid engineering foundation which covers the fundamental concepts needed to analyze and process digital information in many current applications including video, imaging, audio, communications, networking, underwater, and control applications.This coherent program provides a mixture of instruction and computed-based laboratories which offer students the opportunity to explore concepts and investigate applications in signal processing.

The coherent 4-graduate-course sequence is extracted from the current set of graduate courses required to complete the Signal Processing Systems specialization track for the MSEE Degree offered by the ECE Department.

The four-course sequence is composed of:

  • EC3400 - Digital Signal Processing(3-2)
  • EC3410 - Discrete-Time Random Signals(3-2)
  • EC4440 - Statistical Digital Signal Processing(3-2)
  • and one graduate level graded specialization signal processing  course. As of June 2014, the current list includes:
    ? EC3460 – Machine Learning for Signal Analytics (3-2)
    ? EC3940 – Special Topics in Signal Processing (V-V)
    ? EC4400 – Advanced Topics in Signal Processing (V-V)
    ? EC4430 - Multimedia Information and Communications (3-2)
    ? EC4450 - Sonar Systems Engineering (4-1)
    ? EC4480 - Image Processing and Recognition (3-2)
    ? EC4910 - DSP for Wireless Applications (3-1)

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Provides students an understanding of the technical foundations found in electronic warfare at the system level and examine the impact of the physical environment. The certificate provides a solid engineering foundation which covers the fundamental concepts needed to understand how EW signals are affected by the environment and includes a survey of existing EW systems and analysis techniques .This coherent program provides a mixture of instruction and computed-based laboratories which offer students the opportunity to explore concepts and investigate applications in the electronic warfare area.

The coherent 3-graduate-course sequence is extracted from the current set of graduate courses required to complete the Sensor Systems Engineering specialization track for the MSEE Degree offered by the ECE Department.

The three-course sequence is composed of:

  • EC3600- Antennas and Propagation (3-2)
  • EC3630- Radiowave Propagation (3-2)
  • EC3700- Joint Network Enabled Electronic Warfare I (3-2)

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Povides students an understanding of the microwave and optical aspects of sensor and electronic warfare systems. State of the art material on microwave and optical devices and their use in systems are discussed during the courses. The certificate material also includes a description of the operation of devices and tradeoffs involved in component selection.This coherent program provides a mixture of instruction and computed-based laboratories which offer students the opportunity to explore concepts and investigate applications in the electronic warfare area.

The coherent 3-graduate-course sequence is extracted from the current set of graduate courses required to complete the Sensor Systems Engineering specialization track for the MSEE Degree offered by the ECE Department.

The three-course sequence is composed of:

  • EC3210 - Introduction to Electro-Optical Engineering (3-2)
  • EC3610- Microwave Engineering (3-2)
  • EC4610- Radar Systems (3-2)

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Provides students an understanding of advanced topics commonly found in EW. Among them are signature control (stealth) and low probability of intercept techniques for radar and electronic warfare. This coherent program provides a mixture of instruction and computed-based laboratories which offer students the opportunity to explore concepts and investigate applications in the electronic warfare area.

The coherent 3-graduate-course sequence is extracted from the current set of graduate courses required to complete the Sensor Systems Engineering specialization track for the MSEE Degree offered by the ECE Department.

The three-course sequence is composed of:

  • EC4630- Radar Cross Section Prediction and Reduction (3-2)
  • EC4640- Airborne Radar Systems (3-2)
  • EC4680/EC4690- Joint Network Enabled Electronic Warfare II (3-2)

Provides students an understanding of wired and wireless networks and their applications in a network centric environment. The certificate provides a solid engineering foundation which covers the fundamental concepts needed to analyze, design and evaluate heterogeneous networks, signaling protocols, such as medium access, routing, transport, and application protocols; modern telecommunications networks in both wired and wireless media and the ability to apply these skills in a network-centric environment.

The coherent 4-graduate-course sequence is extracted from the current set of graduate courses required to complete the Network Engineering specialization track for the MSEE Degree offered by the ECE Department.

The four course sequence is composed of:

  • EC3710 - Computer Communications Methods (3-2)
  • EC4745 - Mobile Ad Hoc Wireless Networking (3-2)
  • and one or two advanced graduate level graded  course so to satisfy the 12 total minimum number of credits
  • EC4430- Multimedia (3-1)
  • EC4710 - High Speed Networking (3-2)
    • EC4725 - Advanced Telecommunication Systems Engineering (3-2)
    • EC4785 - Internet Engineering (3-1)

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Provides students with a technical foundation that prepares them for assignments related to research and management of wired and wireless cyber warfare systems, and for leadership roles in the area of cyber warfare. This coherent program provides a mixture of instruction and computed-based laboratories which offer students the opportunity to explore concepts and investigate applications in cyber warfare areas.

The three-course sequence is composed of:

  •  EC3760 Information Operations Systems (3-2)
  •  EC4765 Cyber Warfare (3-2)
  •  and one graduate level graded course. As of Nov. 2014, the current list includes:
    •  DA3105 Conflict and Cyberspace (4-1)
    •  EC3730 Cyber Network and Physical Infrastructures (3-2)
    •  EC3750 Introduction to SIGINT Engineering (3-2)
    •  EC4730 Covert Communications (3-2)
    •  EC4755 Net Traffic, Activity Detection, & Tracking (3-2)
    •  CS4558 Network Traffic Analysis (3-2)
    •  EC3970 Special Topics in Electrical Eng. (Cyber) (3-2)

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Provides students with a graduate level focus on cyber systems, system reverse engineering, and depending on elective choice, an ability to assess vulnerability and risk, architecture and engineering, or network traffic

The three-course sequence is composed of:

  •  EC3730 Cyber Network and Physical Infrastructures (3-2)
  •  EC3740 Principles of Reverse Engineering of Electronic Systems (3-2)
  •  and one graduate level graded course. As of Nov. 2014, the current list includes:
    • EC4715 Cyber Systems Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (3-2)
    • EC4755 Network Traffic, Activity Detection and Tracking (3-2)
    • EC4790 Cyber Architectures and Engineering (3-2)

Provides students with a graduate level focus on the security of wireless communications networks, and depending on elective choice, an ability to assess the security of wireless devices or telecommunications systems, to maintain situational awareness on wireless networks or assess the risk of covert malicious functionality in system hardware components.

The three-course sequence is composed of:

  •  EC4745 Mobile Ad Hoc Wireless Networking (3-2
  •  EC4770 Wireless Communications Network Security (3-2)
  •  and one graduate level graded course. As of Nov. 2014, the current list includes:
    • EC3860 Trustworthy Computer Hardware Analysis and Design (3-2)
    • EC4735 Telecommunications Systems Security (3-2)
    • EC4755 Network Traffic, Activity Detection and Tracking (3-2)
    • EC4795 Wireless Device Security (3-2)