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Graduate Certificate in ECE (Hardware Design Methodologies and Architectures)

Advancements in machine learning, intelligent systems, and the automotive industry require more and more specialized hardware implementations with lower power consumption and higher operating performance. This four-course certificate program focuses on methodologies for the modeling, design, verification, and testing of specialized and embedded hardware systems. Accelerator-based architectures and architectures for hardware implementation of intelligent machines will also be explored.


The graduate certificate is comprised of four thematically related courses that may be taken in any order:

  1. ECE 5720. Modeling, Synthesis and Verification of Digital Systems with SystemVerilog
  2. ECE 5724. Digital System Testing and Testable Design of Discrete and Embedded Systems
  3. ECE 5722. Embedded Architectures for Accelerator- and Core-based Design
  4. ECE 5723. Methodologies for System-Level Design and Modeling of Integrated Systems

Degree Completion

Students must complete the requirements for the online graduate certificate program two years from the date of admission into the program.

WPI also offers an online MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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The certificate program is at the graduate level and is for those who have completed a BS degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related fields. Applicants must have an understanding of digital systems and design of combinational and sequential circuits.

Webinar: Open House

View our on-demand webinar to be introduced to our Electrical and Computer Engineering online graduate program. Get an overview of program logistics, what online learning looks like, the application process, and more!