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Certificate in Digital Signal Processing

Advance Your Knowledge While Enhancing Your Credentials

Curriculum Requirements
15 credits in signal processing and related courses (e.g., in mathematics). Up to three semester credits can be transferred from another university (effectively one of five courses); the remainder must be earned at Purdue.

An average grade of B in the two core courses and an average of B overall are required. If you receive a low grade in a course, you may repeat it once, or, for elective courses only, substitute another approved elective.

Admission Requirements
You must have a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area (Engineering, Science, Mathematics, Technology) with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Note: Acceptance into the certificate program does NOT assure admission to the Graduate School of Purdue University to pursue and advanced degree.

Course Requirements
All courses are three semester credits and are taught by the graduate faculty of Purdue University.

ECE 60000: Random Variables and Signals
ECE 53800: Digital Signal Processing I

Electives (choose three, at most one math course)
ECE 58000: Optimization Methods for Systems and Control
ECE 60200: Lumped System Theory**
ECE 60800: Computational Models and Methods**
ECE 63700: Digital Image Processing I
MA 51100: Linear Algebra with Applications
MA 52500: Introduction to Complex Analysis*

*Currently offered on West Lafayette campus only.
**Either ECE 60200 or ECE 60800 can be applied to the certificate but not both.

Benefits of the Program
This certificate program, sponsored by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering Professional Education at Purdue University is designed to help you become knowledgeable about the area of digital signal processing. The certificate you earn will serve as evidence that you have achieved a significant level of expertise in digital signal processing.

Intended Audience
This certificate program meets the needs of

  • mid-career and late-career engineers
  • engineers new to the digital signal processing area
  • engineering managers who need a background in digital signal processing

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I apply for the certificate?
Complete a notice of interest. When the ProEd office receives your notice, we will send you next steps for the approval process.

Q: How long do I have to complete the certificate?
All courses must be taken within a five-year time span. Students set their own pace for completion. However, note that the courses in the certificate program are not made available every semester, so as you plan your schedule you will want to refer to the ProEd course planning guide to determine when the courses will be offered. The five-year time frame is defined by the first and last classes you take for the certificate.

Q: Do courses taken before I enroll in the certificate program apply?
Yes, if they are applicable to the certificate at the time you register for the program, and if they fall within the five-year time limit.

Q: I already have a Master's or PhD from another school. Can I earn a Purdue certificate in digital signal processing?

Q: How do I receive credit for the course taken elsewhere that I wish to transfer to the certificate program?
To obtain a letter of approval to transfer credit for a course taken elsewhere, send ProEd your request together with the catalog description, course syllabus, and an official transcript showing that you earned a grade of B or better in the course. Be sure to indicate which of the certificate requirements the course fulfills.

Q: How do I receive the certificate?
When you believe you have fulfilled all requirements, send ProEd a list of completed courses. Please allow a minimum of four weeks to receive your certificate.

Q: Can I earn both a certificate and an MSE, MS, or MSECE degree from Purdue?
Yes. Courses can be counted both for the certificate and a master's degree. Degree and certificate can be earned in any order. You can work on both simultaneously.

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