Distributed Energy and Grid Modernization Graduate Certificate

Distributed Energy and Grid Modernization Graduate Certificate

Offered at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Penn State Great Valley's Distributed Energy and Grid Modernization Graduate Certificate program is designed for current and aspiring practitioners who seek advanced skills for advancing the electric power generation, distribution, and energy management sectors. Upon successful completion of the certificate, the student will be able to distinguish stakeholder perspectives across utility scale and microgrid systems, explain the characteristics of distributed energy generation systems with respect to electric grid integration, and appraise existing electric grid systems for opportunities to apply grid modernization strategies. 

The Distributed Energy and Grid Modernization graduate certificate is offered at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia by Penn State Great Valley using a blend of face-to-face and online courses.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program through the Graduate School. Applicants must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (post-secondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. The successful applicant will possess a degree in science or engineering or a closely aligned field and is generally expected to have a minimum combined junior/senior GPA of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.

Current Penn State Great Valley graduate students in all programs are also welcome to apply and enroll in this certificate.

Certificate Requirements

To be awarded the graduate certificate, students must successfully complete 12 credits of course work consisting of 6 required and 6 elective credits. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better and an overall GPA of 3.0.

 

Distributed Energy & Grid Modernization Graduate Certificate Courses
Course Required or Elective Current Offering Future Offering
AE 862 Distributed Energy Engineering and Management Required SP I (WC)* FA I (WC)*
EE Power Systems Control and Operation Required SP I (HBG)* SU I (WC)*
AE 868 Commercial Solar Electric Systems Elective   FA I (WC)*
AE 878 Solar Project Development Elective   SU I (WC)*
AERSP 886 Engineering of Wind Project Development Elective   SU I (WC)*
CSE 543 Computer Security Elective    
INFSY 563 Network Security Elective SP I (GV)  

GV = Great Valley campus
HBG = Harrisburg campus
NY = The Navy Yard in Philadelphia
WC = World Campus (online)

* = Denotes 14-week course

Penn State's schedule of courses lists course availability. Although the course numbers, times, and availability on the University registrar's schedule of courses is correct, their prerequisites differ.

Students enrolled in a graduate certificate in Distributed Energy and Grid Modernization complete 12 credits. Courses are each 3 credits and may be able to apply to the Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering if admitted as a degree-seeking student. Courses are offered in convenient 7 or 14-week sessions.

Download: Distributed Energy and Grid Modernization Certificate Advising Worksheet

If you are a current certificate student and have completed all the coursework, please submit the Graduate Certificate Completion Form.