Microwave and Wireless Engineering Certificate

Certificate Program

In today's changing economy, the microwave and wireless engineering industry is moving away from traditional military applications and toward commercial opportunities.

With the availability of relatively inexpensive microwave components and improved digital communications, these opportunities have few limits. Radar, satellite, wireless radio and optical communication, and collision avoidance radar are just a few areas, which utilize microwave technology.

In addition, computer hardware researchers and designers are finding that some microwave engineering concepts are necessary to develop faster computer circuits. 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.

The certificate program educates professionals in the exciting new uses of microwave and wireless technology, by preparing students through extensive lab and project work.

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:

  1. Two required courses:
    • EE 117 Introduction to Microwave Devices
    • EE 160 Computer-Aided Design of Microwave Circuits
  2. One or both of the following:
    • EE 118 Microwave Semiconductor Devices and Circuits
    • EE 148 Silicon Radio Frequency IC Design
  3. Two graduate-level elective courses in microwave engineering or related fields:
    • EE 136 Antennas for Radar, Avionics, and Communications
    • EE 137 Radar Engineering
    • EE 147 Analog and Mixed Signal MOS Integrated Circuit Design
    • EE 161 Microwave Integrated Circuits
    • EE 194 MSE Microwave System Engineering

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

This certificate is offered in collaboration with the Tufts Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Certificate students pay a course rate for each required certificate course of $3,565 per course (2013-2014).

Contact Information

The certificate faculty advisor is Mohammed N. Afsar, Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Application forms for the program are available through the Tufts Graduate Studies site.

Course numbers and titles are subject to change. Course descriptions are available from the Tufts bulletin.