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About the Wireless Engineering Program

Wireless communications technology has developed without measure over the past twenty years. The worldwide success of cellular and Wi-Fi technologies resulted in an increased demand for engineers skilled in wireless engineering, and opened the doors to the new fields of study in LTE, 5G, and Wi-Fi. As a result of these rapid developments in the field, involved individuals need to build and sharpen their skills for present and future wireless industries.

The Wireless Engineering online certificate program is intended to provide practicing engineers, product managers and other technical personnel, with leading edge specialized knowledge in wireless systems and standards for advancement in career and productivity. The program also incorporates courses that cover key technologies, including multi-carrier, multi-antenna, and multi-user wireless communications, RF and microwave engineering, wireless signal processing and coding, as well as IoT (Internet of Things). Equipped with this foundational knowledge, participants will be able to address current and emerging challenges in the wireless field.

  • Explore the latest wireless technologies including LTE, 5G and Wi-Fi
  • Online courses provide convenient and flexible course schedule
  • Program can be completed in as little as 15 months
  • Remain up-to-date in a constantly evolving wireless industry
  • Prepare for new opportunities in the wireless engineering industry
Format: Online

Estimated Cost: $4,020

Duration: 15 Months

Students taking one course per quarter can complete the program in 15 months

Contact
Department
Science & Technology
Phone
858-534-9152
Email
unexengr@ucsd.edu

Courses

Delivery Method
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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • Number of courses: Five courses (3 required and 2 electives)
  • Total units: 15

Signals and SystemsECE-40051

Units: 3.00

$775

Signals and Systems is an introduction to analog and digital signal processing,a topic that forms an integral part of engineering systems in many diverse areas, including seismic data processing, comm...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

All three courses required.

Fundamentals of Digital Communication for Wireless SystemsEE-40034

Units: 3.00

$775

This course will cover the fundamental principles of wireless digital communications.Participants will learn how to analyze the performance of digital modulation techniques such as quadrature amplitud...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Introduction to OFDM/OFDMA and 4G/5G SystemsEE-40163

Units: 3.00

$775

This course covers the foundational principles OFDM/OFDMAand the underlying technologies of broadband wireless systems. It is intended for practicing engineers, researchers, and students. Wireless acc...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

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

Six (6) units required.

Fundamentals of 5G NREE-40177

Units: 3.00

$795

NEW Course - Fundamentals of 5G NR Current wireless cellular systems are projected to be replaced by a significantly faster and more versatile new generation of wireless technology 5G. In this new o...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

DSP in Wireless CommunicationsECE-40283

Units: 3.00

$775

Rapid developments in digital signal processing techniques have enabled many new advancesin wireless communication systems. Wireless communications is prevalent. From mobile devices to security, its u...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

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

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 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

SystemVerilog for Design & VerificationECE-40301

Units: 3.00

$795

SystemVerilogis far more than Verilog with a ++ operator. A hands-on knowledge of this rich language is critical for chip design and verification engineers. This thorough course starts from the synthe...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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Demand and Job Prospects

  • Job titles for people with wireless engineering skills include: Computer Systems Engineers/Architects, Software Application Developers, Information Security Analysts, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Computer User Support Specialists, Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers, Computer Network Support Specialists, and Information Technology Project Managers.
  • Industries include: Professional, Scientific, Technical Services. Information Technology, Health Care,and Education
  • Burning Glass Technologies report an average growth rate across these industries at 5.8% and projects a national change in employment (2016-2036) at an average of 15%
  • Top employers include: Intel, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Cisco, Qualcomm, Ericsson, Karma Automotive, Amazon, Samsung and World Wide Technologies
  • Burning Glass technologies reported an average salary in 2018 to be $94K

Who Will Benefit

  • Anyone who possess a BSEE
  • Candidates who do not have a BSEE but have equivalent knowledge and experience in the field of communications engineering
  • Product Managers
  • Students without these qualifications should enroll in the course Signals and Systems (ECE-40051) prior to beginning this program

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can this program be completed entirely online?

Yes! This program is designed for you to take it online in the convenience of your own home or office. We are currently using Canvas as our online Learning Management System for all our online courses in this program. While students do not get access to their respective courses until the first day of the course, we encourage students who are new to Canvas to click on the following link to Canvas and Take the free tour of Canvas.

How can I get more information about this program?

You will find a downloadable program flyer and program FAQs under "Related Documents" on the right side of the top of this page. If you need further information, please contact the program representative at 858-534-9152 or unexengr@ucsd.edu.

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 the start date for that course, and you can click on “Add to Cart” which will lead you to complete the registration/payment process.

How long is this program?

Students who choose to take one course per quarter for 5 consecutive quarters can complete the program in 15 months. You have up to five years to complete all requirements for the certificate.

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

If you have taken a course from an accredited university covering the learning objectives of a program course, you may be able to transfer your previous coursework to Extension. 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. Please contact the program representative via email at unexengr@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-9152 for more information.

Is this certificate open to non-California residents?

Yes, the program is open to non-California residents, including non-US residents. The tuition is 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.

Advisory Board

Gregory Dubney, Ph.D.

Sr. Engineer

Qualcomm

Andreas Falkenberg, Ph.D.

Sr. Engineer

Ostendo Technology Group

Nancy Kemper

Technical Network Director

Hughes

Laurence Milstein, Ph.D.

Professor

Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego

Young Yoon, Ph.D.

Senior Engineer

Ericsson

James Zeidler, Ph.D.

Professor

Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego

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