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Communications is rapidly becoming a defining characteristic of the 21st century. Wireless devices include everything from video game controllers to Bluetooth headsets. Entertainment and news is delivered via satellites as well as RF-based cable systems. GPS navigation systems are ubiquitous, and WiFi connections increasingly available on commercial aircraft. Ever more exotic applications are being announced regularly.

All of these advancements are based on the ability of engineers to design sophisticated RF circuits that are energy efficient, high performing, small in size and economically practical.

The RF Engineering Specialized Certificate provides professionals with the positioning to take advantage of the technological advances in both the commercial and military arenas. You will learn the fundamental principles of RF systems and the design of practical, cost-effective RF subsystems and their translation into practical integrated circuits or full RF systems. Also reviewed are the key concepts of simulating, testing and validating RF systems.

Student Testimonial

"I am very pleased with the job opportunities I have received since completing the UCSD Extension RF Engineering program in June 2017. The course work was challenging and highly relevant to the RF industry. The online format made the instruction convenient. The instructors were also easily accessible and brought their years of practical experience to the learning environment. Don't be surprised if you make several valuable industry contacts through the online forum discussion groups. The following companies have reached out to me since completing my studies 3 weeks ago.

  • Orbital ATK
  • ViaSat
  • L3 Communications
  • Cobham
  • Crane Industries
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Raytheon"

Paul C., Chandler, AZ

Learning Objectives
  • Differentiate the RF circuit, IC, System design requirements
  • Identify the design constraints at RF frequencies
  • Know RF circuit and system design
  • Be able to design RF blocks and systems, calculate the RF systems and sub-systems characteristics

Program Benefits
  • Introductory-level theory and practical knowledge to enter the field as a designer
  • Advanced study in specific topic areas to help professionals stay current with new developments in their fields
  • Practical training to complement a formal course of academic study

Key Program Topics
  • RF Parameters
  • RF Passive and Active Components
  • RF Devices Theory and Applications
  • RF Amplifiers, Coupling Structures, Filters, Mixers and Oscillators Design
  • RF Systems Concepts and Designs
  • RF System Architectures
  • RF System Impairments
  • RF Systems Chrematistic and Performance
  • RF Sub-Systems Requirements


Students should have general knowledge about principles of electronics and electronic engineering, general knowledge about transistor operation, and circuits analysis; and/or have a background in electrical engineering, or computer engineering. If you do not have this foundation please take Electronics and Telecommunications Review (ECE-40289), RF Principles and Applications (EE-40137). If you have this background you may take the required courses, no waiver is needed.

Program At-A-Glance
  • Number of courses: 3 Required Courses, 2 Electives
  • Total Units: 15 (not including prerequisites)
  • Estimated program fees (required courses, electives and certificate fee): $4,120.
  • Time to Complete: 1 Year and a Half
  • Delivery: Online


There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program

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