Graduate Certificate: RF and Antenna Engineering

Society has become more and more dependent upon wireless technologies over the last two decades, introducing a plethora of new engineering opportunities in wireless communications and networking, satellite and deep space communications, radar systems, imaging and sensing. The graduate certificate in RF and Antenna Engineering at CU Denver will provide critical technical skills and knowledge to engineers working in (or seeking to work in) industries developing products and technologies in these fields. Topics covered in this program include antenna operation, parameters and limitations including arrays; RF circuits (components and basic design); waveguide theory; familiarity with EM simulation approaches and their limitations; and experience with RF measurement equipment (what can and can't be measured in the lab).

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


The certificate requires successful completion of three courses, outlined below and the RF lab, with a grade of B- or better. 
Some courses are offered online or remotely.

Three of the following courses (9 credit hours) and the 1 credit RF lab.

  • ELEC 5133-3 Electromagnetic Radiation and Antenna
  • ELEC 5333-3 Introduction to Computational Electromagnetics
  • ELEC 5134-3 Introduction to Microwave Circuit Design
  • ELEC 5334-3 Advanced Computational Electromagnetics
  • ELEC 5433-3 Applications and Fundamentals of Plasmas
  • ELEC 5423-1 Radio Frequency Laboratory

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