This online engineering specialization will help you elevate your skills from a beginning practitioner to a more advanced real-time system analyst and designer. You will dive deeper into difficult-to-master topics, including predictable response services, when to allocate requirements to hardware or software, and mission-critical design. You will also gain hands-on experience building a simple but real system project with real-time challenges.

By completing this specialization, you will learn more about:

  • Rate Monotonic theory and policies
  • Methods of Rate Monontoic analysis
  • Real-time system design techniques
  • Engineering principles for allocating functionality and services to hardware, firmware, or software implementation


  • Real-Time Embedded Systems Concepts & Practices
  • Real-Time Embedded Systems Theories & Analysis
  • Real-Time Mission Critical Systems Design
  • Real-Time Project for Embedded Systems

This specialization can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MS-EE) degree offered on the Coursera platform. The MS-EE is an affordable, global master's program powered by you. Learn more about the MS-EE program.

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