Program Overview

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers a Certificate in Power Systems Management that is well suited for students who wish to become more competent in the power systems management field. Students will gain knowledge on power systems, quality, relaying, applications in protective relaying, and dynamics. Graduates of this certification will be fully prepared to work and apply their learned skills in the power systems management field. This raised knowledge is necessary for employment in today’s power systems management career field and gives students a competitive edge while applying for jobs. This program is perfect for individuals who are already working within this field and want to enhance their performance or those who wish to enter.

The Certificate in Power Systems Management Program consists of 18 total credit hours that may be completed part-time. Students must take one required course and choose two or three others as a part of the curriculum. Power Systems Analysis is the required course that must be taken to complete this program. Students may choose two or three of the following courses: Power Quality, Transients in Power Systems, Electromechanical Energy Conversion, Power System Protection and Control, Protective Relaying, Advanced Applications in Protective Relaying, Power System Dynamics, Power Distribution, Power Systems Operations and Planning, Electric Power Transmission, and Power Electronics. These courses are designed to ensure that graduates are well prepared to handle tasks within the power systems management career field.

All classes for this program are available online. This online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations. Students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework. Time management and word processing skills are very important for students who enroll in this certificate program. A Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from an ABET accredited university is required for students to be considered for this program. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate courses.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


    The Online Master of Engineering, Online Master of Science and Online Graduate Certificates in Power Systems require a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from an ABET accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    School Overview

    Situated on an 80 acre campus in the historic town of Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is one of a small group of Polytechnic universities in the country, dedicated to educating students in the fields of engineering, science management and humanities. Founded in 1865, shortly after the end of the civil war, WPI was founded at a time when America was approaching a period of industrial and technological growth. WPI’s founders desired to develop a university that could develop a new class of engineering, scientific and entrepreneurial professionals.

    WPI offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the following schools:

    • School of Arts & Sciences
    • Foisie School of Business
    • School of Engineering

    Many certificates and master's degrees are available in fully online formats through the department of Online Graduate Programs.


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