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 four courses, outlined below, with a grade of B- or better. 

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

  • ELEC 5164 Electric Drive Systems & ELEC 5170 Electric Drives 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 Renewable Energy Systems
  • 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