Power Systems Engineering

Graduate Certificate in Power Systems Engineering

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) offers Graduate Certificates in Power Systems Engineering Protection and Control and Renewable and Distributed Power Systems. These certificates are highly-specialized for engineers looking to update their skills (specifically with regards to protection and control), and better position themselves for greater job responsibilities and promotions. If you are not sure you want to commit to a full certificate, you can take an individual course to try it out.

Course Information

 4 technical power courses (12 credit hours)

  • ECE 5500 – Power System Analysis
  • ECE 5511 – Transients in Power Systems
  • ECE 5521 – Protective Relaying
  • ECE 5522 – Advanced Applications in Protective Relaying
5 to 6 technical courses (15-18 credit hours total)
  • ECE 5500 – Power System Analysis
  • ECE 5511 – Transients in Power Systems
  • ECE 5530 – Power Distribution
  • ECE 5520 – Power System Protection and Control
  • ECE 5521 – Protective Relaying*
  • ECE 5532 – Distributed and Renewable Power Generation
*You can take either/or ECE 5520 or ECE 5521


Brian Majerowicz, Principle Engineer, Substation Engineering, Baltimore Gas and Electric

“Of the [WPI engineering] courses I’ve taken, all have been directly applicable to my work.”

Michael Bryson, Vice President System Operations, PJM Interconnection

Frequently Asked Questions

WPI is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., and holds additional accreditation in the areas of engineering, technology, the sciences, and business. Visit the accreditation page for more details.

All courses are delivered asynchronous and  offered 24/7.

Plan to spend approximately 15-20 hours a week working on a course.

You can get started in January, March, May, June, August and October. See program course schedules here.

You choose your education journey. You can take an individual course, a certificate program or pursue a degree. If you are degree seeking, official transcripts will be required and placement tests may need to be completed.

Yes, you can receive college credit for a variety of approved previous learning accomplishments. Explore your options with the WPI advisor.

Visit the tuition page here.  If you/your company is not an EPCE member, learn more about becoming an EPCE member company and or individual member.

Contact your Human Resources department to see if courses qualify for your company tuition assistance program.

To get started, you will need to complete the application process . The admissions process typically takes 3 weeks.

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 Have questions about earning your certificate?
Get in touch with WPI program advisor.

Hillary Lyons, MS
Assistant Director, Enrollment
Online Graduate Programs
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
[email protected]

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