Graduate certificate in alternative energy technology

This program is designed to prepare the scientific and technological workforce for the emerging alternative energy technologies. It offers an efficient way to obtain a certified level of training, especially for working engineers and researchers. It may be taken as a free-standing program or concurrently with a master's degree program.


The Alternative Energy Technology Graduate Certificate requires a minimum of twelve credits. The core course: AET 5120 is required, and a maximum of four credits is allowed in research or directed study. The program is open to students with a bachelor's degree in engineering and in other mathematics-based sciences in exceptional cases. Certification procedures in place in WSU's Graduate School will be followed and students must earn a cumulative g.p.a. of at least a 3.0. Should a student become interested later in pursuing the master's degree after completing the graduate certificate, up to nine of the twelve certificate credits can be transferred toward the master's degree. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Engineering


  1. The GPA required to be considered for regular admission is to the M.S. program is 3.0 or above. Students with a GPA of 2.8 - 3.0 will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis if an applicant has significant relevant professional experience.
  2. The GPA required for to be considered for regular admission to the graduate certificate program is 2.7 or above. Students with a GPA of 2.5 - 2.7 will be considered if an applicant has significant relevant professional experience.
  3. The program will admit students with bachelor's degrees or the equivalent in engineering from an accredited college or university. Students with mathematics-based science degrees will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
  4. No other supplemental admission documents are needed. However, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, professional resume/CV, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are encouraged to aid the admission evaluation process.
  5. All students who have earned degrees from a country where English is not the native language must demonstrate English proficiency via a qualified examination. Applicants must earn a minimum score of 79 from the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or 550 from a paper-based TOEFL (pBT), an IELTS score of 6.5, or an overall Duolingo score of 125.
  6. International applicants are required to submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation. Accepted evaluation services include WES, ECE or SpanTran. Note that the official transcript evaluation must be transmitted directly from the evaluating agency to the WSU Office of Graduate Admissions. The transcript evaluation will serve as your official transcript.
  7. Students in the AET graduate certificate program can advance to the M.S. via an internal process. No additional graduate admission application is required.