Graduate Certificate in Advanced Computational Imaging

Modern medical imaging systems are complex, high-technology devices. Engineers designing and developing medical imaging systems must have knowledge and understanding around concepts not traditionally available in bachelor’s degree programs in engineering or computing. Such concepts include:
  • Mathematical foundations of tomography (images constructed from a series of “slices”).
  • Image artifacts that distort the images and how to correct them.
  • Hardware and software for the embedded computing systems that are used to implement image construction and correction.
This program fills a need to prepare engineers with the knowledge, understanding, and abilities essential for a successful career in modern medical imaging systems.

Eligibility and Admission

Students must have:
  1. A baccalaureate degree.
  2. A minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average.


  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School via the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses

A minimum of 15 credits of which at least 12 credits must be taken at UWM.

One course that surveys medical imaging. This may be any of these four courses:
ElecEng 437 Introduction to Biomedical Imaging, 3cr
Physics 782: Physics of Medical Imaging, 3cr
CompSci 657 Topics in Computer Science: GE Healthcare Advanced Course on Medical Imaging (Edison A), 3cr
ElecEng 490 Special Topics: GE Healthcare Advanced Course on Medical Imaging (Edison A), 3cr

Two courses on tomography foundations and algorithms:
ElecEng 716 Tomography: Imaging and Image Reconstruction, 3cr
ElecEng 717 Tomography: Image Quality and Artifact Correction, 3cr

Two courses on computer engineering concepts used in building medical imaging systems
ElecEng/CompSci 545 FPGA Embedded CPUs & Firmware Development, 3cr
CompSci 729 Real-Time Operating Systems, 3cr

Students who have taken ElecEng 437 or ElecEng/CompSci 545 or their equivalents as an undergraduate may substitute a relevant graduate course with the approval of the Certificate program. The program maintains a list of suggested substitute courses. The current list is:

ElecEng/CompSci 711 Pattern Recognition – Statistical, Neural, and Fuzzy Approaches, 3cr
ElecEng/CompSci 712: Image Processing, 3cr
ElecEng/CompSci 713: Computer Vision, 3cr
CompSci 718: Advanced Computer Graphics: Modeling and Animation, 3cr
CompSci 758: Advanced Computer Architecture, 3cr
CompSci 762: Fault-Tolerant Computing, 3cr

Grade Point Average Requirement
A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Transfer Credit
No more than 20% of the required credits may be transferred from graduate-level coursework relevant to computational imaging taken at other institutions. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in Ph.D. programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.