Digital Communications Certificate - Curriculum 287

Program Officer

LCDR Brannon Chapman

Code EC/MA, Spanagel Hall, Room 401A

(831)656-2678, DSN 756-2859

Fax (831)656-2760 (ECE) 

Academic Associate

Monique P. Fargues, Ph.D.

Code EC/Fa, Spanagel Hall

Room 456

(831) 656-2859, DSN 756-2859

Brief Overview

Provides students the fundamental concepts of communication systems and networks, forward error control coding and its impacts when used in modern digital communications systems. In addition, provides students with an understanding of random processes sufficient for analysis of communication systems and networks corrupted by broadband noise and multipath fading.

The four-course sequence is extracted from the current set of graduate courses required to complete the Communication Systems specialization track offered by the ECE Department.

The total number of NPS graduate credits obtained for the certificate is 16.

Requirements for Entry

  • Acceptance by the ECE Department: Entrance to the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School is through a three-part requirement consisting of a minimum grade point average at the undergraduate level, a sufficient mathematics background, and a sufficient background in technical undergraduate studies. Applicants with a B.S.E.E. degree usually will satisfy the last two requirements automatically.
  • Command/Company endorsement.



Program Length

Four quarters (12 months)



Graduate Certificate Requirements

The academic certificate program must be completed within three years of admission to the program. A student must maintain a 3.0 GQPR in the certificate courses to be awarded a certificate.

Required Courses: Curriculum 287

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
EC3500Analysis of Random Signals



EC3510Communications Engineering



EC4550Digital Communications



EC4580Error Correction Coding