Graduate Certificate in Digital Communications

Offered By:

Klipsch School of Electrical & Computer Engineering,College of Engineering, New Mexico State University.



Digital Communications focuses on the problem of transmitting information from one place to another through some medium (e.g., RF wireless). This certificate introduces students to the basic theory as well as the application of that theory.  This certificate is a unique credential opportunity for engineering and technical professionals to receive an in-depth education focused entirely in one or more disciplines.

Our market is engineers and technical professionals who are interested in increasing their expertise in this important technical areas. Since the major program focus will be distance-based, enrollment is not limited by a student’s location. A key strategy is to encourage students in the certificate program to establish a grade point average that will allow them to apply for admission to the full on-line master’s program.


Academic Content

A 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA in four courses as described below will be required for award of this certificate.


Required Courses: (6 cr)

E E 571 Random Signal Analysis

E E 581 Digital Communication Systems I

Electives (6 credits out of the following courses)

E E 545 Digital Signal Processing II

E E 569 Communications Networks

E E 572 Modern Coding Theory

E E 573 Signal Compression

E E 583 Wireless Communications

E E 584 Mathematical Methods for Communication and Signal Processing

E E 586 Information Theory



An undergraduate degree in electrical engineering with a GPA of 2.5 or higher is required. Students with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines will be considered, provided they have completed two undergraduate courses or their equivalents – Math 392: Differential Equations, E E 200: Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics Applications, and E E 312 Signals and Systems I. This program is only open to US citizens and permanent residents working in the United States.

Contact the Registrar’s office at 575-646-3411 for admission.


Transfer Credits

Students enrolled in certificate programs cannot transfer credits from another institution towards the completion of this certificate program. However, they can transfer credits taken in a certificate program of NMSU (Grade B- or higher) into a graduate degree program of the Klipsch School of ECE, provided the course logically fits into the student’s program of study, as determined by the graduate advisor. The time limit on course transfer is 5 years after completion of the certificate.


Faculty Coordinator / Contact

Dr. Deva Borah, International Foundation for Telemetering and Telecommunications Professor and Professor of the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (575) 646-3357.