From the University of Colorado Boulder Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Power Electronics MasterTrack® Certificate

Progress your career by learning the fundamentals of power electronics like power management, portable power, computer systems, medical applications, spacecraft systems, renewable energy & utilities.

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Earn Degree Credit The credit from your MasterTrack® Certificate counts towards your degree.

About this MasterTrack® Certificate

Skills you will gain

  • Design-oriented analysis
  • Energy efficiency, power density, and cost trade-offs
  • Renewable energy applications
  • Converter control techniques
  • Input filter design
  • Digital control of switched-mode power converters
  • Design of converter power stage, gate drivers, and magnetics
  • Simulation to verify correct steady-state operation
  • Design of converter control system
  • Simulation to verify correct control system operation
  • Preparation of a report documenting the design and its performance
  • Course Mode

    100% online courses

  • Course Fee

    $6,003 USD

    Total cost. Please review the new payment options before enrolling.

  • Duration

    9 months to complete

  • Course Level

    Intermediate Level

    Knowledge of circuits and electrical engineering fundamentals at the level of an undergraduate EE major.

  • Projects

    1 project broken down into 4 parts

  • Course Language


  • Course Benefits

    Earn degree credit

    Your MasterTrack® Certificate credit will count towards the full MSc in Electrical Engineering.

What is a MasterTrack® Certificate?

With MasterTrack® Certificates, portions of Master’s programs have been split into online modules, so you can earn a high quality university-issued career credential at a breakthrough price in a flexible, interactive format. Benefit from a deeply engaging learning experience with real-world projects and live, expert instruction. If you are accepted to the full Master's program, your MasterTrack coursework counts towards your degree.

Master’s Degree Learning

Take an online module of a Master's degree program that features live expert instruction and feedback combined with interactive team-based learning.

Boost Your Career

Receive a university-issued MasterTrack® Certificate from a top university that you can add to your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Build Your Portfolio

Demonstrate your skills through real-world projects and create work samples that help you stand out in your job search.

Earn Credit Towards a Degree

If you complete this MasterTrack® Certificate, you will earn a university-issued certification, and can apply these 9 credits to the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Interactive Learning Experience

You'll learn through readings, videos, graded assignments, real-world applied projects, and live global classroom sessions.

Live Global Webinars

Live Global Webinars

Feedback from Instructors and Experts

Feedback from Instructors and Experts

Real-World Projects

Real-World Projects

10 Courses in this MasterTrack® Certificate


  • Pre-recorded videos
  • Live sessions and office hours
  • Real-world projects
  • Peer collaboration
  • Web and mobile access

ECEA 5700 Introduction to Power Electronics

This course introduces the basic concepts of switched-mode converter circuits for controlling and converting electrical power with high efficiency. Principles of converter circuit analysis are introduced, and are developed for finding the steady state voltages, current, and efficiency of power converters. Assignments include simulation of a DC-DC converter, analysis of an inverting DC-DC converter, and modeling and efficiency analysis of an electric vehicle system and of a USB power regulator.

After completing this course, you will:

  • Understand what a switched-mode converter is and its basic operating principles
  • Be able to solve for the steady-state voltages and currents of step-down, step-up, inverting, and other power converters
  • Know how to derive an averaged equivalent circuit model and solve for the converter efficiency

A basic understanding of electrical circuit analysis is an assumed prerequisite for this course.

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Industry-relevant hands-on projects to build your portfolio

Power Stage Design and Documentation

1 hour total


  • Select a converter topology to perform a specified function.
  • Design the power stage components of a switching converter to meet specifications.

Preliminary Controller Design

28 minutes


  • Use the knowledge gained in earlier courses, to select a control approach.
  • Build an averaged model of converter.
  • Build a control circuit design that meets requirements.

Complete Controller Design

27 minutes


  • Build a switching model of a closed-loop regulator system.
  • Learn about current limiting circuitry.
  • Use knowledge from earlier courses to engineer switching regulator systems to meet requirements.
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Dr. Robert Erickson

Dr. Robert Erickson

Professor, Electrical Engineering

Dr. Dragan Maksimovic

Dr. Dragan Maksimovic

Professor and Co-Director of CoPEC

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Coursera does not grant academic credit; the decision to grant, accept, or recognize academic credit, and the process for awarding such credit, is at the sole discretion of the academic institutions offering the MasterTrack® Certificate program and/or other institutions that have determined that completion of the program may be worthy of academic credit. Completion of a MasterTrack® Certificate program does not guarantee admission into the full Master’s program referenced herein, or any other degree program.