Distributed Energy and Grid Modernization Graduate Credit Certificate

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

The successful applicant is generally expected to have a minimum combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Distributed Energy and Grid Modernization, students must successfully complete 12 credits of course work. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and a grade-point average of 3.0 to be awarded the certificate.

Required Courses
EE 588Power System Control and Operation3
AE 862Distributed Energy Planning and Management3
Select two of the following:6
Commercial Solar Electric Systems
Solar Project Development and Finance
Engineering of Wind Project Development
Computer Security
Network Security
Total Credits12


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Learning Objectives

  1. STAKEHOLDERS: Graduates will be able to compare stakeholder perspectives across utility scale and microgrid systems.
  2. CHARACTERISTICS: Graduate will explain the characteristics of distributed energy generation systems with respect to electric grid integration.
  3. RECOMMENDATIONS: Graduates will be able to recommend existing electric grid systems for opportunities to apply grid modernization strategies.


Campus Great Valley
Graduate Program Head Colin Neill
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Colin Neill
Program Contact

Anjanette Downey
30 East Swedesford Road
Malvern PA 19355

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