Santa Clara University


Certificate Programs and Requirements

Certificate programs are designed to provide intensive background in a narrow area at the graduate level. At roughly one-third of the units of a master's degree program, the certificate is designed to be completed in a much shorter period of time. These certificate programs are appropriate for students working in industry, who wish to update their skills or for those interested in changing their career path. More detail about certificates may be found from the department Web site or handbook.


To be accepted into a certificate program, the applicant must have a bachelor's degree and meet any additional requirements for the specific certificate. Exceptions based on work experience may be granted for the Certificate in Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering.

Grade Requirements

Students must receive a minimum grade of C in each course and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better to earn a certificate of completion.

Continuation for a Master's Degree

All Santa Clara University graduate courses applied to the completion of a certificate program earn graduate credit that may also be applied toward a graduate degree. Students who wish to continue for such a degree must submit a separate application and satisfy all normal admission requirements. The general GRE test requirement for graduate admission to the master's degree will be waived for students who complete a certificate program with a GPA of 3.5 or better.

Academic Requirements

ASIC Design and Test
This certificate program has a dual purpose: (a) to strengthen fundamental knowledge of the design process that helps the designer adapt to future innovations in technology; and (b) to introduce the designer to state-of-the-art tools and techniques.

Analog Circuit Design
This certificate provides a background in the basic devices and circuits that are fundamental to analog circuit design. The program will also introduce the student to state-of-the-art analog IC design tools.

Digital Signal Processing Applications
This certificate program provides a basic understanding of digital signal processing (DSP) theory and modern implementation methods as well as advanced knowledge of at least one specific application area.  Digital Signal Processing has become an important part of many areas of engineering, and this certificate program prepares students for traditional or novel applications.

Digital Signal Processing Theory
This certificate program provides a firm grounding in fundamentals of digital signal processing (DSP) technology and its applications. It is appropriate for engineers involved with any application of DSP who want a better working knowledge of DSP theory and its applications. A novel feature of the program is a hands-on DSP hardware/software development laboratory course in which students design and build systems for various applications using contemporary DSP hardware and development software.

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
This certificate has been designed for those individuals who have significant work experience in some area of electrical engineering and wish to take graduate-level courses but may lack some prerequisite knowledge because they have not earned the BSEE degree. This one-year program consists of 16 to 28 units, depending on the background of the individual student, and covers electrical engineering core areas. Eight of these units may be credited toward an MSEE degree after successful completion of the certificate.

Microwave and Antennas
The purpose of this certificate is to meet the increasing need for the knowledge in microwave, antenna and RF integrated circuits in present electronic products. This program is offered for students who have a BSc in Electrical Engineering. The students are expected to have had knowledge of multivariate calculus and preferably partial differential equations.

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