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Transmission and Distribution

How does the online learning environment work?

Gonzaga uses the Blackboard learning environment for the T&D courses.  This program allows students to sign into a secure site for their course and follow weekly outlines of presentations, assignments and discussions. Each week students will have pre-recorded presentations to view and readings which are applicable to the course topic.  Students will also interact in a discussion board area, posting responses to instructor-driven discussions each week which compliment the weekly topic.  (Students have consistently stated this discussion between instructors and other students is the most valuable aspect of the T&D courses.  The discussion board allows the course to fulfill the original industry mandate to provide mentoring to young power engineers).

How do I apply for the Master of Engineering in T&D Engineering?


Admission to the program will be administered by faculty and staff of the T&D Program. An undergraduate degree in engineering (or related field), two letters of recommendation from immediate managers or supervisors, and a letter of intent expressing the student's qualifications, professional goals, and employment experience will be required to enter the program. Preferred consideration for admission will be given to applications with industry experience that have completed the T&D Certificate Program.

Admission Checklist:

  • Letter of intent
  • Transcripts from all relevant university coursework
  • GRE test score (waived for students with a T&D Certificate, completed master's degree or current PE license)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application form submitted
  • Application fee


What do I need to complete for the ME degree?

More specific information is located on the Master's webpage but briefly, here are the program course requirements:


Course Requirements

Thirty-six (36) credits total:

  • 33* credits in T&D courses, including at least 9 in chosen track (used toward graduation portfolio)  *Students may substitute 6 credits from pre-approved graduate courses for electives.
  • 3 in TADP 556 Engineering Leadership capstone course.
Which classes do I need to take for the T&D Certificate?

The program offers 12 courses within the calendar year. Students may choose any 5 (3 credit courses) for their certificate, allowing them to study topics that are the most applicable to their careers.  (Certificate requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA in 3 credit, graduate T&D courses) The courses are:

Current courses:

TADP 540 Transmission Line Design - Introduction

TADP 541 Electrical Distribution System Design

TADP 542 Substation Design

TADP 543 Electrical Grid Operations

TADP 544 Project Development and Construction Methods

TADP 545 System Protection

TADP 547 Underground System Design

TADP 548 Electrical Aspects of Transmission Line Design

TADP 553 System Automation

TADP 556 Engineering Leadership

TADP 640 Transmission Line Design - Advanced

TADP 641 Power System Analysis


Do I need to apply for the Certificate program?

No, you only need to apply for the Master's degree program; otherwise you may earn the Certificate as a non-matriculated student.  The only form you need is the non-matriculated registration form for each semester.

Who are the instructors?

Instructors are a mix of industry engineering experts with extensive backgrounds in the subject area and GU faculty with a working knowledge of teaching methods and industry theory.

How much do classes cost?

The courses are normal Gonzaga graduate tuition ($2700 per course for the 2014-2015 school year). There is a university technology fee $43 per course, plus the cost of textbooks. 

How much time do the classes take?

The courses are traditional 15 week courses offered in an 8 week period.  This means 45 hours of classwork in an abbreviated timeframe.  Students should only plan on taking one course at a time as the time requirements are high.  Generally students will have 3-5 hours of presentations to view each week. Depending on the student, assignments and readings can take at least 2-5 hours per week.  Discussion board work can generally be managed in 5 hours per week. 

Can I start as a non-matriculated student for the Master's?

Absolutely. We actually encourage students to take a couple courses as a non-matriculated student before applying to the Master's program. We want to make sure we are a good fit for you and your career goals. However, earning the certificate does not guarantee admission to the master's program. Students must still meet the program admission requirements.

Will my Certificate courses count towards the Master's?

Yes. Gonzaga T&D courses taken as a non-matriculated student count fully toward the Master's.  Our students generally tend to be busy power engineers working full-time so it's a great idea to take a few courses as a non-matriculated student first. Those classes count toward both the Certificate and the Master's degree. 

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