Distributed Energy and Grid Modernization Graduate Certificate

Distributed Energy and Grid Modernization Graduate Certificate

Offered in collaboration with industry leaders, the Distributed Energy and Grid Modernization graduate certificate at Penn State at The Navy Yard develops the competencies needed to plan, design, build, and maintain systems tasked with operating “smarter” electrical grid with distributed energy integration.

Students 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
  • appraise existing electric grid systems for opportunities to apply grid modernization strategies

Two required evening courses are held at The Navy Yard and the remaining two elective courses held online or at Penn State Great Valley. Through the electives, students can specialize in power systems operation and control, distributed energy generation and microgrid, or cybersecurity of energy systems.

The certificate can be completed in one year, and courses may be applied to Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering program.

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 hold a degree in electrical engineering or a related discipline 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 FA I&II (NY)*  
EE 588 Power Systems Control and Operation Required   SP I&II (NY)*
AE 868 Commercial Solar Electric Systems Elective FA I&II (WC)*  
AE 878 Solar Project Development Elective   SP I&II (WC)
AERSP 886 Engineering of Wind Project Development Elective   SU I&II (WC)
CSE 543 Computer Security Elective    
INFSY 563 Network Security Elective   SP I&II (GV)*

GV = Great Valley 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.

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.