Power electronics is a key enabling technology in essentially all electronic systems and is increasingly important in the grid interface of renewable energy sources and in efficient electrical loads. The necessity for power electronics technology in these rapidly expanding areas creates an increasing need for design engineers equipped with knowledge and skills to actively participate in multidisciplinary teams.
Our Professional Master's Program offers MSEE and ME degrees through the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. Through flexible core course options and electives, students enrolled in this program pursue a 30-credit hour MS degree. A 9-credit hour professional certificate is also available.
Most of the Power Electronics courses offer distance-learning options through the Graduate School.
- ECEN 5797 Introduction to Power Electronics (offered every fall semester)
- ECEN 5807 Modeling and Control of Power Electronics Systems (offered alternate spring semesters including spring 2017)
- ECEN 5817 Resonant and Soft Switching Techniques in Power Electronics (offered alternate spring semesters including spring 2016)
The degree also requires completion of two laboratory courses in power electronics:
- ECEN 5517 Power Electronics and Photovoltaic Power Systems Laboratory (offered every spring semester)
- ECEN 5xx7 Project Laboratory in Power Electronics (offered every fall semester beginning F2017)
These courses provide practical laboratory and design experience of specific relevance to the practice of power electronics. The above two laboratory courses are not available online; however, distance students who can demonstrate significant laboratory experience in power electronics may petition to substitute technical courses from the list below.
An additional power electronics elective course is chosen from the pool of Power Electronics Program electives listed below. The remaining four courses must include at least three approved technical electives.
- ECEN 5007 Power Electronics for Electric Drivetrain Vehicles (offered every fall semester)
- ECEN 5737 Adjustable Speed AC Drives (offered every spring semester)
Analog and Mixed-Signal IC Design
- ECEN 5827 Analog IC Design (offered every fall semester)
Grid Integration of Renewables
- ECEN 5xx7 Control of Power Electronics in AC Systems and Micrograms
- ECEN 5417: Power Systems Analysis (fall)
- ECEN 5427: Power System Planning and Operations (spring)
- ECEN 5437: Distribution Systems Analysis (fall)
- ECEN 5447: Power System Dynamics with Renewable Energy (spring)
- ECEN 5457: Energy Systems Optimization (alternate Spring semesters)
- ECEN 5467: Data Analytics and Data-Driven Decision Making for Modern Power and Energy Systems (alternate Spring semesters)
Renewable Energy Elective
- ECEN 5407: Renewable Energy and the Future Power Grid (fall)
- The final three courses must be technical electives approved by the student's advisor. Recommended electives include courses in control systems, RF/microwaves and engineering management.
- ECEN 5797 Introduction to Power Electronics (Offered every fall. Prerequisite: completion of basic undergraduate courses in circuits and electronics)
- ECEN 5807 Modeling and Control of Power Electronics Systems (Offered in alternate springs. Prerequisite: ECEN 5797)
- ECEN 5817 Resonant and Soft Switching Techniques in Power Electronics (Offered in alternate springs. Prerequisite: ECEN 5797. ECEN 5807 is not prerequisite for this course)
Each semester-long course requires completion of 10 to 12 homework assignments, a midterm exam and a final exam. The graduates of this program will have successfully demonstrated their abilities in the subjects of all three courses listed above, to the satisfaction of the faculty of the Colorado Power Electronics Center. Please note that transfer credit is not accepted in lieu of the above requirements.
For information on how this certificate fits into a graduate degree in electrical and computer engineering, contact Graduate Advisor Adam Sadoff at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for a graduate-level course through the Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering Department, contact Adam Sadoff. To register for a distance learning course through CU Boulder Distance Learning, check their website for schedule and application information.