Graduate Certificate in Power Electronics and Systems

Several prevailing factors combine to make the new University of St. Thomas Graduate Certificate in Power Electronics and Systems exciting, relevant, and essential. These factors include:

  • The penetration of alternative energy systems (Distributed Energy Resources - DERs) into the legacy power grid
  • The aging work-force in the US power business sector
  • The advent of the microgrid and the humanitarian/sustainable evolution in developing countries where microgrids may leap-frog grid-deployment itself (much like cellular communications which have leap-frogged copper-to-the-home in these countries)
  • Power-electronics that make it all possible

These factors, along with the UST Renewable Energy and Alternatives Laboratory (REAL), provide the foundation for an innovative certificate program that can further evolve into the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of St. Thomas.

In response to COVID-19, the University of St. Thomas has made prudent decisions to act on the advice of state and medical professionals.  The format for fall 2021 will be in-person, hybrid or live online, with faculty ready to pivot to have all classes fully online if needed. The classes are still being held during their normal time on weeknights and Saturdays. 

We are happy to help you in every way possible on your journey to apply, register, and start classes. Each of our classes meet once a week or every other Saturday. 

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  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent). 

  • An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of at least 2.7 out of 4.0. (Applicants with a GPA less than 2.7 will be considered for provisional admission with their professional experience factored into the decision.)

To complete the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Power Electronics and Systems, students must successfully complete 4 required courses (12 graduate semester credits) and maintain a GPA of at least 2.7.

REQUIRED COURSES (4 courses = 12 total credits) 

Certificate Requirements:

Four required courses (12 credits) are required for this certificate. As an extension to the four required courses, students may also complete the optional 3-credit course ETLS 745 Power Systems Operations and Controls.

Required courses (all four courses):

  • ETLS 744 Introduction to Power Systems
  • ETLS 746 Power Electronics
  • ETLS 747 Electrical Machines
  • ETLS 748 Renewable Energy Generation

Optional Elective course:

  • ETLS 745 Power Systems Operations and Controls

View Graduate Engineering Course Catalog


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