University Catalog 2023-2024

Renewable Electric Energy Systems (Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate in Renewable Electric Energy Systems provides graduate students with the opportunity to develop expertise in renewable electric energy systems and advanced electric power grid technology in addition to their major area of graduate study. 


Applicants with appropriate background must meet one of the three following requirements:

  • be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university, and have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale in their last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study;
  • be a degree student in good standing in an NC State University graduate program; or 
  • have a Master’s degree in a related field of study. 

A student may obtain more than one graduate certificate in a different field. Each certificate must have at least nine (9) credit hours that are unique to it.


The Graduate Certificate in Renewable Electric Energy Systems requires a minimum of 12 hours, including one 3-hour core course and 9 credit hours of electives to be selected from a list that contains relevant courses for the certificate. Students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of B (3.0).

Plan Requirements

Required Courses
ECE 552Renewable Electric Energy Systems3
Select three of the following Advanced Courses:9
Power System Operation and Control
Electric Power System Protection
Power Electronics
Smart Electric Power Distribution Systems
Design of Electromechanical Systems
The Business of the Electric Utility Industry
Solid State Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting
Power System Stability and Control
Total Hours12