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About the RF Engineering Program

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.

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
  • 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.

Format: Online

Estimated Cost: $4,120

Required courses, electives and certificate fee

Duration: 1 Year and a Half

Contact
Department
Science & Technology
Phone
858-534-1566
Email
unexengr@ucsd.edu

Courses

Delivery Method
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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • Number of courses: 3 Required Courses, 2 Electives
  • Total Units: 15 (not including prerequisites)

If you have prerequisite knowledge you may enroll in required courses, no waiver is needed.

Electronics and Telecommunications Review: Math, Circuits and SignalsECE-40289

Units: 3.00

$750

Electronic communication has become an intrinsic part of our daily tasks. Due to its increased speed, portability and reliability, it has become a very convenient method to exchanging information. Thi...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

RF Principles and ApplicationsEE-40137

Units: 3.00

$775

Learn The Basics Of RF Systems Design PrinciplesIntended to orient the Engineering student toward Radio Frequency (RF) circuits systems design principles, this course provides a fundamental overview o...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

All three are required and can be taken in any order.

RFIC DesignECE-40171

Units: 3.00

TBD

RF technology is becoming more important as we are increasingly engaging with wireless devices in our daily lives. RF transceivers are one of the most important and essential part of mobile phones, Wi...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall

RF System Design for Wireless CommunicationsEE-40098

Units: 3.00

$825

RF Signals are widely use in wireless communication, automation and the rapidly emerging phenomenon of Internet of Things (Iot) making RF technology essential in any device. Engineers in this field or...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

RF Circuit DesignEE-40003

Units: 3.00

$825

RF technology is gaining more importance as we increase our engagement with wireless devices in our daily life. RF transceivers are one of the most important and essential part of mobile phones, WiFi ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Spring

Choose two

Antenna Theory and DesignEE-40129

Units: 3.00

$775

Antennas have become the essential component in any equipment required to propagate and capture information sent through electromagnetic waves. Due to the wide variety of applications there are many ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Microwave Test & MeasurementEE-40149

Units: 3.00

TBD

The growing complexity of telecommunications and constant technology innovation are pushing the limits of the network infrastructures. In addition, the increased usage and features of wireless devices...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter

Microwave Transmission EngineeringEE-40153

Units: 3.00

$750

Receive an in-depth overview of microwave transmission network design, planning and implementation. Topics include: microwave link engineering, network performance and reliability issues, link protect...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Summer

RF PLL SynthesizersECE-40294

Units: 3.00

TBD

Radio frequency synthesizers are essential part of many radio frequency communication systems, as well as RF and microwave measurement equipment. Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) synthesizers are the most comm...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter

Mixed Signal DesignECE-40244

Units: 3.00

$775

Applying new skills to a variety of design applicationsis becoming increasingly critical for engineers. This holds true for industries including wireless communications, digital audio, digital telepho...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Design and Applications of Planar AntennasEE-40183

Units: 3.00

$775

Learn Planar Antenna Design for Wireless CommunicationThe new and ever increasing need for wireless systems such as those used in 5G communication, Unmanned Systems, and Internet of Things requires de...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter

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Conditions for Admission

UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can this program be completed entirely online?

Yes! This program is designed to be taken completely online at the convenience of your own home or office. For online courses, all activities including assignments, tests, and quizzes are completed online and submitted through our online learning platform.

Is this certificate open to non-California residents?

Yes, the program is open to non-California residents, including non-US residents. The certificate and course fees are the same for all students. If you have questions about how enrolling in courses may or may not affect your visa status, please contact our International Department at ipinfo@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-6784.
 

How can I get more information about this program?

You will find a downloadable resources including “Frequently Asked Questions” under "Related Documents" on the right side of the top of this page. If you need further information, please contact the program representative at unexengr@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-1566.
 

How do I enroll in a course?

To enroll into a class, click on the class link in the matrix and that will take you to that class page. There you can find a course description, prerequisites, and the start date for that course. To enroll in the course can click on “Add to Cart” which will lead you to complete the registration/payment process.
 

How long is this program?

Students on average take about a year and a half to complete this certificate. This certificate may be completed online from anywhere in the world. Students may take more than one class a quarter by taking 1 required class and 1 elective class in the same quarter. However, each course includes an average of 6-8 hours of homework per week. Taking more than one class a quarter should be well-thought-out, and other work/school/life commitments should be considered prior to enrolling in more than one class per quarter. Students cannot take more than 1 required course per quarter, since they need to be taken consecutively. You have up to five years to complete all requirements for the certificate.
 

If I already have knowledge and skills taught in one of the prerequisite courses, can I skip that course?

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 RF Principles and Applications. If you have this background you may take the required courses, no waiver is needed.
 

If I already have the skills taught in one of the required or electives courses, can I skip that course?

If you have taken a course from an accredited university covering the learning objectives of a required or elective course, you may be able to transfer a total of one class per certificate to Extension. You may send your request along with details about how the class at your accredited university is equivalent to our Extension course. Attach an electronic transcript and send your email to unexengr@ucsd.edu.

If you have not taken a course elsewhere, but already have the skills covered in a course, you may be able to substitute an alternate Extension course in its place. Send your request to substitute one of the program courses to unexengr@ucsd.edu. In your request, indicate which course you would like to take and which course it would substitute. Include how a substitution may better meet your professional or employment needs. The class should align with the overall student learning outcomes of this certificate. As previously mentioned only one waiver total can be granted per certificate. Requests for these considerations require departmental approval. Contact unexengr@ucsd.edu to make a request or for additional information.

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