Graduate Certificate Programs

Electric Power Systems Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Program Description:
This graduate certificate program is designed to provide specialized graduate-level education for working professionals in the area of electric power systems engineering.

The following two electric power systems courses must be taken.

  • Elec Eng 5540: Power Systems Engineering
  • Elec Eng 5550: Electric Power Quality

A minimum of two of the following electric power systems courses must be taken.

  • Elec Eng 5570: Extra High Voltage Engineering
  • Elec Eng 6580: Economic Operation of Power Systems
  • Elec Eng 6560: Power System Protection
  • Elec Eng 6550: Power System Stability
  • Elec Eng 6570: Surge Phenomena in Power Systems
  • Elec Eng 6540: Computer Methods in Power System Analysis
  • Elec Eng 6300: Linear Control Systems

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the electric power systems faculty may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The Department's Assistant Chair for Graduate Affairs must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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Elec Eng 5540: Power Systems Engineering
Network analysis applied to power systems; the load flow concept; economic operation of power systems; synchronous machine reactance and transient stability; symmetrical components and asymmetrical faults; protective relaying. Prerequisite: Elec Eng 3540.

Elec Eng 5550: Electric Power Quality
Definitions and standards of power quality, kinds of power quality problems; sources of sags and transient overvoltage; distribution principles of controlling harmonics, devices for filtering harmonics, time and frequency domain methods of analysis; power quality monitoring; power quality improvement methods. Prerequisite: Elec Eng 2120.

Elec Eng 5570: Extra High Voltage Engineering
The physical phenomena associated with high voltage dielectric breakdown is presented. Methods of generating and measuring high voltages and currents are explained. Demonstration of design and performance. Field trips to companies for laboratory testing of high voltage according to industry standards will serve as the lab part of the course. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Elec Eng 6580: Economic Operation of Power Systems
Optimum economic loading of thermal plants determined by the method of Lagrange multipliers, derivation of the system loss matrix and its transformation to the most useful basis, practical evaluation of the matrix elements, extension of optimum loading criteria to include system losses, effect of hydro plants on system economics. Prerequisite: Elec Eng 5540.

Elec Eng 6560: Power System Protection
Protective relaying incorporating electromechanical, solid state and modern computer relaying methods for high voltage transmission systems. Pilot wire, power line carrier apparatus, bus protection, circuit breaker interruption characteristics, out of step relaying, reclosing, synchronizing, load and frequency relaying. Prerequisite: Elec Eng 55560 and 5540.

Elec Eng 6550: Power System Stability
Synchronous machine theory and modeling; AC transmission; power system loads; excitation systems; control of active and reactive power; small signal stability; transient stability; voltage stability; mid-term and long term stability; subsynchronous oscillations; stability improvement. Prerequisite: Elec Eng 3540 or similar course.

Elec Eng 6570: Surge Phenomena in Power Systems
Study of transmission system insulation, distributed constant lines, terminations, multiple reflections, lighting performance, characteristics of sustained and switching overvoltage, surge voltages due to system faults, energizing and reclosing of circuit breakers. Methods of reducing overvoltage to acceptable levels. Prerequisite: Elec Eng 3540.

Elec Eng 6540: Computer Methods in Power System Analysis
Algorithms of power-network matrices, three-phase networks, short-circuit, load-flow and transient stability studies by computer methods. Prerequisite: Elec Eng 3540 or similar course.

Elec Eng 6300: Linear Control Systems
Review of linear algebra, state variable formulations, solutions of state equations; controllability and observability; multivariable systems, matrix fraction decompositions; design of state and output feedback controllers and observers; introduction to calculus of variations; linear quadratic regulators. Prerequisite: Elec Eng 3320.

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  • BS degree in any field of engineering
  • A minimum of 24 months of post B.S professional work experience
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the B.S degree
  • Average GPA of 3.0 or better (a grade of B or better) in the CT courses
  • 3 years to complete the CT
  • Employed while taking CT courses

Once admitted to the program, the student must take four designated courses as given above. In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses taken. Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status; however, if they complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the MS program in electrical or computer engineering if they apply. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the MS program will count towards their master's degrees. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the courses in the certificate program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses. Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as he/she maintains a B average in the courses taken.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2015-16 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016)

 

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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Computer Engineering (MS)
Electrical Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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