To develop faster computer circuits, computer hardware researchers and designers need to know more about microwave engineering concepts. With the availability of relatively inexpensive microwave components and improved digital communications, commercial opportunities in the microwave and wireless engineering industry have few limits.

Radar, satellite, wireless radio and optical communication, and collision avoidance radar are just a few areas which utilize microwave technology. As engineers explore low microwave frequencies and even lower radio frequencies, this technology will be applied to cable, broadcast, television, medical, and other commercial uses.

This five-course certificate is open to students with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or physics or with equivalent preparation, including a background in general physics and intermediate circuit theory.

Students interested in earning a graduate degree can often apply these certificate courses toward a Tufts master's degree in electrical engineering. All of our certificate programs can be taken on a part-time basis.

Who Should Apply?

The program is open to students with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or physics or with equivalent preparation, including a background in general physics and intermediate circuit theory. Students interested in earning a graduate degree can often apply these certificate courses toward a Tufts master's degree in electrical engineering.

Program of Study

The certificate requires five courses:

Two required courses:

  • EE 107 Communications Systems (4 SHUs)
  • EE 117 Introduction to Microwave Devices (3 SHUs)

One or both of the following:

  • EE 118 Microwave Semiconductor Devices and Circuits (3 SHUs)
  • EE 160 Computer-Aided Design of Microwave Circuits (3 SHUs)

Two graduate-level elective courses in microwave engineering or related fields:

  • EE 108 Wireless Communications (3 SHUs)
  • EE 136 Antennas for Radar, Avionics, and Communications (3 SHUs)
  • EE 137 Radar Engineering (3 SHUs)
  • EE 148 Silicon Radio Frequency IC Design (3 SHUs)
  • EE 161 Microwave Integrated Circuits (3 SHUs)
  • EE 193SBC Satellite-Based Communications (3 SHUs)
  • EE 194W Directed Study: Wireless Communications (3 SHUs)
  • EE 127 Information Theory (3 SHUs)

Students may substitute other Tufts graduate courses, subject to the approval of the certificate faculty advisor.

Application Requirements

  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Essay
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
  • Transcripts
  • One Letter of Recommendation
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 21, 2019
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