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Wind Energy Certificate of Graduate Study

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New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy has established clean energy as “vital for our future from both an economic development and environmental sustainability perspective.” The Murphy Administration has set forth the New Jersey Energy Master Plan, which will put the state onto a path towards 100% clean energy by 2050. Offshore wind has the potential to supply substantial amounts of clean energy to meet the State’s and the Nation’s power needs while creating jobs and addressing the climate crisis. Furthermore, offshore wind power plants can provide reliable and increasingly affordable renewable power near coastal energy load centers where there is a scarcity of sites for terrestrial large-scale renewable energy development.

Southern Jersey is the center of the regional wind plan, with a wind port under construction nearby in Salem County, and the first ocean wind farm opening off of Atlantic City. Rowan University (the college of engineering, and the ECE and ME departments) is already engaged in supporting activities, creating new educational and research opportunities, in collaboration with NJEDA, industry companies, as well as other institutions. Short- and medium-term workforce needs have been identified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NERL) with the offshore wind industry alone expected to provide approximately 7,000 new jobs in Southern New Jersey by 2028.

Recognizing the emerging industry needs, and there is no such a program in any institution of New Jersey, as well as to further advance Rowan’s leading role in such initiatives, the Electrical and Computer Engineering, in collaboration with Mechanical Engineering, will be offering a Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) in wind energy, consisting of four courses (12 credit hours). This COGS is designed to provide a breadth and depth to students who want to specialize in wind energy systems and prepare them for a career in the wind energy industry. Students taking this COGS will first take two required courses. One from ECE and one from ME, which introduce fundamental knowledge related to wind energy. Then the students will have flexibility to choose two additional electives from a wide elective bank from both ECE and ME. A unique aspect of this COGS is that it will develop graduates with a technical foundation in both electrical and mechanical side of the wind energy systems. Through this four-class sequence, students will be able to articulate the core concepts of wind energy, as well as different technical aspects associated with the operation of single turbines, and the entire wind farm. The completion of this COGS will provide students with the necessary skill sets to start a career in wind energy industry or continue their education through graduate programs.

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The Business Analytics Certificate of Graduate Study is a part-time program offered in an accelerated online format. It requires the completion of 9 graduate semester hours (3 courses).

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Wind Energy is a full-time or part-time program offered at our Glassboro, NJ campus. It requires the completion of 12 graduate semester hours (4 courses).

  • 4 Courses / 12 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: Completion of all required coursework (12 credits) in accordance with University requirements for good standing. 
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 6 S.H.
ECE 09517 Technologies towards Green Energy Future  3
ME 10535 Wind Energy 3
Elective Courses: Choose 6 S.H.
ECE 09518 Wind Energy System Planning and Operation  3
ECE 09510 Advanced Alternate Energy Systems 3
ECE 09508 Advanced Power System Engineering 3
ECE 09515 Emerging Electricity Market 3
ECE 09572 Advanced Smart Grid 3
ECE 09516 Advanced Power Electronics 3
ECE 09573 Advanced Smart Sensors 3
ECE 09521 Fundamentals in Systems Engineering 3
ME 10581 Aerodynamics 3
ME 10522 Computational Fluid Dynamics 3
ME 10530 Reliability Engineering 3
ME 10550 Advanced Solid Mechanics 3
ME 10560 Composite Materials 3
ME 10562 FEA with ANSYS 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Transfer Credit Evaluation Policy

No transfer credit will be accepted.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation, or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
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