Digital Signal Processing

Read about the required engineering courses and possible electives you can take in Purdue Engineering's graduate certificate program in Digital Signal Processing.

Our Program

This certificate program, sponsored by the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Purdue University Online 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.

This certificate program meets the needs of mid-career and late-career engineers new to the area of Digital Signal Processing. The certificate is also appropriate for engineering managers who need a background in Digital Signal Processing and its implementation in emerging technologies.

Our Curriculum

This program features 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 3.0 overall are required. All courses for the certificate must be completed within a five-year span.


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

Electives (choose three from the below, at most one math course)

ECE 54400: Digital Communications
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
ECE 64100: Digital Image Processing II
MA 51100: Linear Algebra with Applications

**Either ECE 60200 or ECE 60800 can be applied to the certificate but not both.


Further admission requirements are available. A student must hold a bachelor's degree in an appropriate area (Engineering, Science, Mathematics, or 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 an advanced degree.