Frequently Asked Questions

Each TADP course is $2,970 for AY 2017-18 ($990 per credit). Additional fees include:

  • University technology fee: $70 per semester
  • Summer Session Administration: $45 per summer
  • Master's Program Application fee: $50 (WAIVED for those who have completed the Certificate or Gonzaga alum)
  • Cost of any textbooks

These fees are listed in the Graduate Catalogue.

If your company plans to pay for your tuition, please contact the Student Accounts office during your registration.

 
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).
 

Students should only plan on taking one course during each session. There are five 8-week sessions in a year.

Please plan to spend between 15-20 hours per week on each course.

  • Presentation videos range from 3-5 hours each week.
  • Depending on the student, assignments and readings can take 2-5 hours per week.
  • Discussion board conversations are a vital part of the learning process and can take 6-10 hours per week.
 

Admission to the program is administered by faculty and staff of the T&D Program. An undergraduate degree in engineering, 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 (waived for students with a T&D Certificate, and Gonzaga undergraduate students and alumni)

Potential students with an EET degree or who graduated from a non-ABET accredited program should take the following courses before applying for admission. Due to the level of math involved in most T&D courses, it will be difficult to be successful in the program without an appropriate math background.

  • MATH 259 Calculus-Analytic Geometry III 4 credits. Parametric and polar coordinates, vectors, partial derivatives, multiple integrals.
  • MATH 260 Ordinary Differential Equation, 3 credits. Solution methods for first order equations and for second and higher order linear equations. Includes series methods and solution of linear systems of differential equations.
  • EENG 301 Electromagnetic Fields and Materials (or Waves), 4 credits (3 credits acceptable)
 
No, a student only needs to apply for the Master's degree program. You may register for and earn the Certificate as a non-matriculated student. Use the non-matriculated registration form and registration instructions each semester.
 

The program requires a final portfolio and 36 credits. Three credits are from the TADP 556 capstone course. Specific details are on the Master's webpage.

 

Students may choose any five (5) 3-credit courses for their certificate, allowing them to study topics that are the most applicable to their careers. The program offers 14 courses within the calendar year; students get advance notice of these courses for planning purposes. The certificate requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA in these 3 credit graduate T&D courses.

 

The T&D program cannot accept transfer credits for the 15 credit T&D Engineering Certificate. Due to the brevity of the certificate coursework, and the unique nature of Gonzaga’s T&D classes, it is very difficult for students to find similar, industry-based coursework from accredited universities to justify inclusion in the certificate curriculum.

The 36-credit Master's of Engineering in T&D degree does accept transfer of up to six (6) semester credits. Transfer credits must be approved by the program Director and meet all university requirements (not used for another degree, time limits, etc.)

 

Yes. Up to 15 credits (5 courses) of 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.

Please note: Earning the certificate does not guarantee admission to the degree program. Other requirements must be met such as an appropriate math background.

 

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

 

In compliance with Gonzaga University's policy, T&D students may receive a full tuition refund for the first week of class. Students may receive a 75% reimbursement through the second week and 50% reimbursement through the third week of class. No tuition reimbursements will be allowed after the third week of class.

 

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