Digital Communications Certificate

Certificate #287

Est.imated Completion Time: 12 months

Starts: Fall

Subspecialty Code: 5302L

Program Area: Naval Engineering

POC: Academic Associate

Modality: Distance Learning


Provides students the fundamental concepts of communication systems and networks, forward error control coding and its impacts when used in modern digital communications systems. In addition, provides students with an understanding of random processes sufficient for analysis of communication systems and networks corrupted by broadband noise and multipath fading.

Courses Required

Course Details
Course 1 EC3500
Course 2 EC3510
Course 3 EC4550
Course 4 EC4580

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 592

Requirements for Entry

  • Acceptance by the ECE Department: Entrance to the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School is through a three-part requirement consisting of a minimum grade point average at the undergraduate level, a sufficient mathematics background, and a sufficient background in technical undergraduate studies. Applicants with a B.S.E.E. degree usually will satisfy the last two requirements automatically.
  • Command/Company endorsement.

Application Information

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Tuition & Service Obligation

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Other Information

The four-course sequence is extracted from the current set of graduate courses required to complete the Communication Systems specialization track offered by the ECE Department.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  08 Dec 2023

    Last day of classes

  •  12 Dec 2023 – 14 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter final examinations

  •  15 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter graduation

See NPS Academic Calendar for more dates.