Wireless Communication Systems Certificate

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Wireless Communication Systems Certificate

 Credit Hours: 12-14

 Program Length: 12-18 months

 Cost: $770 / $845 per credit

Wireless communication systems play a central role in today’s technological ecosystem. They connect people and devices in diverse environments, from homes, to businesses, to roads, to battlefields. This graduate certificate program will provide students with the fundamental concepts necessary to understand and work with various aspects of wireless communication systems, from antennas, to modeling electromagnetic propagation, to signal processing, to multiple-antenna communications.

What are wireless communications systems?

Wireless communications systems are the threads that connect people and devices at home, work and play, making everything from cellphone calls to online meetings to navigating the road possible. In this certificate program, you’ll learn about the various types of wireless communications systems, digital signal processing and ubiquitous computing, or the way in which computing devices can be incorporated into the everyday fabric of our lives. You’ll also be introduced to the general tools of scientific research and technical development.

Why study wireless communication systems at UNH?

A graduate certificate in wireless communications systems from UNH will give you in-demand skills to advance in a wide range of fields, including wireless communications, mobile communications, antenna design, signal processing and commutation system design. You’ll earn your certificate in as few as 12 months, with the flexibility to start your coursework in the spring or fall.

Potential careers

  • Embedded software engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Network security engineer
  • Research engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Telecommunications specialist
  • Wireless communications engineer
  • Wireless sales consultant

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Curriculum & Requirements

Wireless communication systems play a central role in today’s technological ecosystem. They connect people and devices in diverse environments, from homes, to businesses, to roads, to battlefields. This certificate program will provide students with the fundamental concepts necessary to understand and work with  various aspects of wireless communication systems, from antennas, to modeling electromagnetic propagation, to signal processing, to multiple-­antenna communications.

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Degrees in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, related engineering field preferred.

For a full list of application requirements please see the Graduate School website.

The program of study required for the certificate consists of at least four courses totaling 12 credits.

Required Courses
ECE 901Electromagnetic Wave Theory I3
ECE 920Wireless Communication Systems3
Electives
Select two of the following
ECE 814Introduction to Digital Signal Processing4
ECE 824Ubiquitous Computing Fundamentals4
ECE 924Ubiquitous Computing3
ECE 900A
ECE 900B
Research and Development from Concept to Communication I
and Research and Development from Concept to Communication 2
4
ECE 941Digital Signal Processing3
ECE 960Computer Architecture3

Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: June 15
  • Spring: November 1

Application fee: $25

Campus: Online

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives,
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Resume

A current resume is required with your submitted application.

This program is not eligible for grants, scholarships, or financial aid.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

Questions

For program-specific application questions, please contact the UNH Online Student Success Coaches: unh.online@unh.edu or 855.250.6699

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition for 2019-20 Academic Year:

  • $770 per credit for New Hampshire (NH) residents
  • $845 per credit for non-NH residents                                                                  

Program Total Number of Credits: 12-14 credit hours

Technology Fee per Semester:

  • 5-8 credits $51.25
  • 9-16 credits $102.50

ADDITIONAL TUITION & FEES INFORMATION 

Our program has two 16-week semesters per academic calendar year. Students who successfully complete two courses per e-term, as outlined below, earn their degrees in 12 months. Taking fewer courses per term will extend the completion timeframe.

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