Ubiquitous Computing (Graduate Certificate)

Ubiquitous Computing (Graduate Certificate)

Internet of Things

We live in the era of ubiquitous computing, in which we are surrounded by interconnected computing devices that have become parts of the fabric of our lives. UNH's online Ubiquitous Computing graduate certificate program will prepare students to advance their careers in human-computer interactions, computer-computer interaction, the Internet of Things and make a greater impact within their business or organization. 

Credit Hours: 13-15   |    Program Length: 9 months

What is ubiquitous computing?

From smartphones to smart homes, we live in the era of ubiquitous computing, or ubicomp, which is the idea that computing functions should be accessible anytime, anywhere through everyday objects in your life. At home, work and play, your daily devices communicate and connect you to your network and beyond. At UNH, you’ll earn a graduate certificate in as few as nine months in this online program, learning how to develop and deploy systems that are considered part of the third wave of computing.

Why study ubiquitous computing at UNH?

Our ubiquitous computing certificate will help you advance your career and give you the skills to excel in fields such as ubicomp, mobile applications, the internet of things, pervasive computing and ambient intelligence. The asynchronous program format allows for a great deal of flexibility, meaning you can complete readings and coursework on your own schedule, but you’ll also enjoy facilitated discussion with course instructors, as well as the support of a student success coach.

Potential careers

  • AI scientist
  • Information security architect
  • Machine learning researcher
  • Project manager
  • Software designer
  • Software engineer
  • System designer
  • Technology officer

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Curriculum & Requirements

We live in the era of ubiquitous computing, in which we are surrounded by interconnected computing devices that have become parts of the fabric of our lives. This certificate program will prepare students to develop and deploy ubiquitous computing systems. The certificate program will benefit practitioners who work in the fields related to mobile applications, Internet ­of­ Things, pervasive computing, ubiquitous computing, and ambient intelligence.

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants should have demonstrated aptitude in undergraduate coursework or similar work experience in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or a related field.

Application requirements

The program of study required for the certificate consists of four courses for a total of 13-15 credit hours.

Required Courses
ECE 824Ubiquitous Computing Fundamentals4
ECE 924Ubiquitous Computing 13
Select two of the following6-8
ECE 814Introduction to Digital Signal Processing4
ECE 941Digital Signal Processing3
ECE 960Computer Architecture3
ECE 920Wireless Communication Systems3
ECE 901Electromagnetic Wave Theory I3
ECE 900A
ECE 900B
Research and Development from Concept to Communication I
and Research and Development from Concept to Communication 2 2


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.


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.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

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.


A current resume is required with your submitted application.

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

International Applicants

Some academic departments recommend that international applicants, living outside of the United States, and planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. If your desired program is not on the form, departments prefer a full application be submitted. Preapplication requests will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. 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.


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 2020-21 Academic Year*:

  • $785 per credit for New Hampshire (NH) residents
  • $865 per credit for non-NH residents                                                                  

Program Total Number of Credits: 13-15 credit hours
*eTerm 5 2020 through eTerm 4 2021

Technology Fee per Semester:

  • 1-4 credits: $26.00
  • 5-8 credits $52.00
  • 9-16 credits $104.00


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 as few as 9 months. Taking fewer courses per term will extend the completion timeframe.

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