ACP Communications & Embedded Systems Design Engineering


Campus PhotoThe demand for intelligent products that operate and exchange information efficiently has created a worldwide need for technical professionals involved in developing communication and embedded systems. To succeed in the global marketplace, corporations and professionals must be able to integrate software, small scale hardware, and network and communication technologies into their products ranging from consumer electronics to commercial aircraft. Develop the practical skills required to help conceptualize, design, integrate and implement these exciting new technologies into tomorrow’s products.


  • Design and develop new communication systems and embedded devices that meet the expanding needs of the global marketplace
  • Learn practical embedded systems and systems on a chip (SOC) design skills utilizing a hands-on approach with industry standard software, hardware, design automation (EDA) tools, and design kits
  • Develop a “systems engineering” approach to the communication and embedded engineering product development process
  • Enhance the design and performance of existing products that rely on embedded and communication systems
  • Develop a network of contacts that can help define and obtain career or educational goals
  • Gain a competitive edge in the global job market with an internship in a U.S. company

Who Should Attend

  • Engineering, information systems and technical professionals
  • Engineering, computer science, and telecommunications students

Minimum Requirements

Students should have a fundamental understanding of electrical and computer engineering, information systems, computer science, telecommunications, or related technologies.

Certificate Requirements

In order to earn the Communications & Embedded Systems Design Engineering, students must complete all the courses listed below with a grade “C” or better in each course.

All certificate programs at UC Irvine Extension require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation. International students who do not meet certificate program admissions requirements are invited to enroll in one of our English Language Programs.

Admission Requirements

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Javier Lopez“Through UC Irvine Extension, I learned how to integrate the power of business and engineering. Through an internship, I have had the opportunity to understand how projects are designed, combining my engineering and financial knowledge.”
Javier Lopez
Graduate Student,
Universidad Europea de Madrid
ACP Communications Systems Design Engineering, ACP Business Administration, Internship

Program Cost

Tuition: $8,500 (Approximate total cost: $13,300 USD, excludes airfare)

Tuition for applications received by March 31, 2015:
  • Internship: $2,100
Tuition effective April 1, 2015:
  • Internship: $2,400


Jan 3 - Mar 26
Jan 6 - Mar 31
Sept 19 - Dec 15
Sept 18 - Dec 10


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Introduction to an ACP

Gain an overview of the American higher educational system and acquire the academic skills to ensure your success in an ACP.

Professional Communications Seminar (PCS)

Understand American business culture, sharpen your communication and presentation skills, learn professional etiquette, and improve your business English.


  • Systems Requirements Engineering
  • C Programming for Embedded Systems
  • Introduction to Communications and Networking
  • Communications Systems Design
  • Fundamentals of Embedded Systems Design and Programming
  • Embedded System Architecture
  • Writing Portable Devices Drivers

As an optional last course and for an additional fee, you have the opportunity to apply academic theory and gain practical experience in a variety of businesses and industries for up to three months. A research project provides additional training. Also included in the internship are the Resume Development and Interviewing Skills workshops.
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