Texas Tech University

Wind Energy Graduate Certificate Program

The Wind Energy Graduate Certificate Program at Texas Tech University's National Wind Institute (NWI) offers professionals post-baccalaureate level training options in six topic areas relevant to the industry. You may choose to take individual courses or complete five of the class offerings and obtain a Graduate Certificate in Wind Energy. The program has been specifically designed for non-technical professionals who wish to assume managerial responsibilities in the wind energy industry.

Program Overview

All courses have been developed by expert faculty from TTU's National Wind Institute (NWI). Each course (once completed and passed) is equal to 38 classroom clock hours of instruction and may be completed independently within a 4-6 week time frame.

You may choose individual courses to meet your needs or work towards obtaining the Graduate Certificate in Wind Energy. To qualify for the Graduate Certificate, you must first complete the required courses: Advanced Managerial Wind Energy I and II, or Advanced Technical Wind Energy I and II, – and then complete three elective courses. All Wind Energy courses are offered by distance.

Note: Participants who have little to no background in Wind Energy are encouraged to complete the introductory course: WE 5302 - Renewable Energy Systems and then enroll in the Certification program.

Application Process

  • Successful completion of Bachelor's degree from an accredited university. NOTE: Undergraduate students within 12 hours of graduation and with at least a "B" average may apply for the course with permission from the Dean and from their academic advisor.

All THREE steps are required before the process can formally begin.

 

Program Requirements

Wind Energy - Technical Track

Required Courses:

  • WE 5300 Advanced Technical Wind Energy I
  • WE 5301 Advanced Technical Wind Energy II
  • ECE 5343 Power Systems Engineering

Electives (Choose any two):

  • ATMO 5301 Wind Power Meteorology
  • ECO 5310 Price & Income Theory
  • ECO 5317 Natural Resource & Environmental Economics
  • ECO 5356 Advanced Tropics in Energy Economics
  • ECE5316 Power Electronics
  • IE 5306 Safety Engineering
  • IE 5319 Risk Modeling / Assessment
  • IE 5329 Project Management
  • LAW 6205 Wind Energy Law and Policy
  • WE 5320 Renewable Energy Policy
  • WE 7000 Research (Independent Study, 1-3 hours)

Wind Energy Certificate - Managerial Track

Required Courses:

  • WE 5310 Advanced Managerial Wind Energy I
  • WE 5311 Advanced Managerial Wind Energy II
  • IE 5329 Project Management

Electives (Choose any two):

  • ECE 5316 Power Electronics 
  • ECE 5343 Power Systems Engineering
  • ECO 5310 Price & Income Theory
  • ECO 5317 Natural Resource & Environmental Economics
  • ECO 5356 Advanced Topics in Energy Economics
  • IE 5306 Safety Engineering
  • IE 5319 Risk Modeling / Assessment
  • LAW 6205 Wind Energy Law and Policy
  • WE 5320 Renewable Energy Policy
  • WE 7000 Research (Independent Study, 1-3 hours)

Final Step & Questions

Email Chris Pattison, graduate advisor for the National Wind Institute, TTU, to enroll after admission requirements are completed or for any further questions.