Graduate Certificate: Modern Energy and Power Systems

The Modern Energy and Power Systems graduate certificate is designed to provide students with a familiarity of drive systems for electric machinery using power electronics converters. Topics include fundamental mechanics and load characteristics, basic understandings of power electronics converters, magnetic circuits, DC and AC machines and fundamental control algorithms. Students learn complex power; per-unit quantities; modeling of generators, transformers and transmission lines; power flow problem; economic dispatch; faults and sequence networks; and an introduction to power system protection and dynamics.

Students may take these courses as a nondegree student or by being enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver. Courses can also be used to partially fulfill requirements for a master's degree in electrical engineering or other eligible graduate programs. The certificate is designed for professionals in industry, academia and government. 

The program is intended for students and engineers with a BS degree in electrical engineering or the equivalent.


The certificate requires successful completion of four courses, outlined below, with a grade of B- or better.
Some courses are offered online or remotely.

One of the following pair of courses (4 credit hours)

  • ELEC 5164 Electric Machines and Drive System & ELEC 5170 Electric Machines and Drive Laboratory
  • ELEC 5174 Power Electronic Systems & ELEC 5474 Power Electronics Laboratory
  • ELEC 5184 Power Systems Analysis & ELEC 5444 Power Systems Laboratory

Two of the following courses (6 credit hours)

  • ELEC 5194 Power Systems Operation and Control
  • ELEC 5755 Grid Integration of Renewable
  • ELEC 5294 Advanced Power Electronics
  • ELEC 5710 Advanced Electric Drive Systems
  • ELEC 5725 Advanced Electric Machinery
  • ELEC 5164 Electric Drive Systems or ELEC 5184 Power Systems Analysis or ELEC 5174 Power Electronic Systems
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