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Communications Systems Engineering

The Communications Systems Engineering Program is being discontinued by the end of the calendar year. Those currently pursuing the program please email for program completion assistance.



The continued need for highly efficient communications systems is universal with increased communications applications for data, voice, and video. The Communications Systems Engineering Certificate Program provides comprehensive knowledge on current and emerging technologies in the design and development of communications-based networks and systems. The program addresses advances in electronics, computing, networking, and wireless technologies.

Who Should Enroll

This program is designed for engineering and technical professionals, information systems professionals, and others who want to develop a comprehensive understanding of communications engineering principles and practices.

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Program Benefits

  • Gain the knowledge needed to design and develop modern-day communication systems
  • Learn how to describe, analyze, and design practical applications for data, voice, and video systems
  • Develop a “systems” approach to your organization’s communications engineering development process

Course Schedule

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.

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Learn How To Earn Your CertificateCertificate Eligibility and Requirements

The Communications Systems Engineering Certificate Program is designed for degreed professionals or those with an associate degree; or equivalent work experience. A certificate is awarded upon completion of 15 credit units (6 required and 9 elective credit units) with a grade of "C" or better in each course. It is recommended that candidates complete the required courses prior to the elective courses.

To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy with a non-refundable $125 application fee. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the digital certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Transfer Credit

Graduates from UCI Division of Continuing Education's Communications Systems Engineering program are eligible to transfer credits to:

Note: Any student wishing to transfer credits must obtain a “B” or better in each course.

Advisory Committee

  • Tom Doyle, President and COO, Whistle Labs
  • Farhad Mafie, President and CEO, Savant Company, Inc.
  • Carlos Oliveira, Chief Operating Officer, Nextfort Ventures
  • Shahram Shafie, RF Systems Senior Staff Engineer, Qualcomm Inc.

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.