About this Specialization

Courses 1, 2, and 3 in this specialization can also be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. Enroll here. Courses 5 and 6 will be offered in the degree program soon. Design modern switched-mode power converters; create high-performance control loops around power converters; understand efficiency, power density and cost trade-offs By 2030, 80% of all electrical energy will be processed by power electronics. Professional advantages continue to grow for technical engineers who understand the fundamental principles and technical requirements of modern power conversion systems. This specialization covers design-oriented analysis, modeling and simulation techniques leading to practical engineering of high-performance power electronics systems.
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Intermediate Level

Approx. 12 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
43%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
25%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Intermediate Level

Approx. 12 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

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There are 6 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Introduction to Power Electronics

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1,673 ratings
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Course2

Course 2

Converter Circuits

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706 ratings
123 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Converter Control

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426 ratings
83 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Advanced Converter Control Techniques

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299 ratings
54 reviews

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Start working towards your Master's degree

This specialization is part of the 100% online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • The specialization is designed to be taken over 24 weeks. Each course is 3-5 weeks in length.

  • The first course of the specialization, Introduction to Power Electronics, will begin every four weeks.

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

  • Generally yes. Each course builds upon the knowledge gained in the previous course.

  • At this time the University of Colorado Boulder is not offering university credit for this program. However, completion of this specialization would be a compelling resume item for application into any graduate program in Power Electronics, including at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science.

  • Students completing this specialization will be able to:

    ●Analyze, model and simulate switched-mode power converters

    ● Design converters, including magnetic components, based on efficiency, power density and cost trade-off targets.

    ● Design high-performance voltage-mode and current-mode control loops

    ● Design a complete state-of-the-art power electronics system in a capstone project

  • This course will target three types of learners: Working engineers needing training in the specialization of power electronics, undergraduate and graduate students who wish to learn about power electronics, and other learners having curiosity about power electronics and its applications such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and powering computer or mobile electronics.

  • Yes. If you completed Introduction to Power Electronics before January 2016, you’ll receive equivalent credit for the first three courses in this Specialization: Introduction to Power Electronics, Converter Circuits and Converter Control.

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