Telecommunication Networks, MS


Peter O’Reilly, PhD
Program Director
Dana Hall 5th Floor

The Master of Science in Telecommunication Networks is designed for professionals currently in the telecommunications or networking field who either wish to enhance their technical skills and credentials or who wish to make a transition to the business side of telecommunications or networking. We also welcome applications from prospective students with limited industry experience. This program, which may be pursued on a full- or part-time basis, is one of only a very few master’s programs in telecommunications and networking in the United States that is truly multidisciplinary, giving students the flexibility to tailor the curriculum to their specific interests, backgrounds, and career goals.

Degree Requirements

The program requires that a mix of core required courses and elective courses be taken—16 semester hours of core course work and a minimum of 16 semester hours of elective course work. Although there are some dependencies among the core courses, the program may be started in either the fall or spring semester.

There are four required core courses and a wide range of technical and business electives available. The core courses each carry 4 semester hours of credit. A maximum of two of the core courses may be waived only if a student has taken similar course material at another university with a satisfactory grade. If a technical core course is waived, it must be replaced with a technical elective.  Similarly, if the business core course is waived, it must be replaced with a business elective.

At least one of the electives must be a business elective and at least one must be a technical elective. The technical electives include courses on network and communications technology and on the development of software systems and applications.  The business electives are focused on engineering management and entrepreneurship.  Electives come from approved lists of courses supplied by the colleges of engineering, business, and computer and information science.  All students must take at least one technical elective and one business elective.  These electives must be courses of at least 3 semester hours.  Students may take elective course work outside these lists only with the prior approval of the program director.

It is expected that students beginning this program will have an adequate background in the following areas: C, C++, or Java programming languages; probability and statistics; and differential and integral calculus.

Special topics courses, as well as other courses from outside the program, may be used as electives with prior approval of the program director.  

Independent Study (TELE 5978), usually 1 or 2 semester hours, or Master’s Project (TELE 6945) is sometimes available for students and must be carried out under the supervision of a professor and must have prior approval of the program director. Proposals for Independent Study or a Master's Project need to be submitted at least one month before the start of the semester. 

Directed Study (TELE 5976), also for 1 or 2 semester hours, is sometimes available for students. For directed study projects, a student follows a prescribed curriculum, usually with some form of an exam at the end of the semester. 

Graduate Certificate Options

Students enrolled in a master's degree have the opportunity to also pursue one of the many engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options.

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master's Degree in Telecommunication Networks with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a Master of Science in Telecommunications Networks in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16-semester-hour curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry-based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 32-semester-hour degree and certificate require 12 hours of technical core courses from the telecommunication networks program and 4 hours from the technical course list provided for this program. 

Engineering Leadership

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated. Students may not register for more than 10 semester hours in the fall and spring terms and 4 semester hours in each of the three summer terms. Any exceptions must be approved by the program director.

Core Requirements

TELE 5330
and TELE 5331
Data Networking
and Lab for TELE 5330
TELE 5340Telecommunications Public Policy and Business Management4
TELE 5350Telecom and Network Infrastructure4
TELE 5360Internet Protocols and Architecture4


A grade of C or higher is required in each elective.  At least one course must be taken from the business course list and at least one course from the technical course list.

Complete a minimum of 16 semester hours from the course lists below16

Business Course List

Engineering Project Management
Economic Decision Making
Financial Management for Engineers
Enterprise Growth and Innovation
Business Planning for New Ventures
Business Model Design and Innovation
Financing Ventures from Early Stage to Exit
Managing People and Organizations
Planning and Managing Information Systems Development
Management of Service and Manufacturing Operations
Creating and Sustaining Customer Markets
Emerging and Disruptive Technologies
Entrepreneurial Marketing and Selling
Lean Design and Development
Managing a Technology-Based Business

Technical Course List 

Mobile Application Development
Wireless Network
Network Security
Concepts of Object-Oriented Design
Network Structures and Cloud Computing
Fundamentals of the Internet of Things
Wireless Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things
Wireless Communication Systems
Mobile and Wireless Networking
Network Security Practices
and Lab for IA 5150
Data Science Engineering with Python
Data Management and Database Design
Smartphones-Based Web Development
Linux/UNIX Systems Management for Network Engineers
Mobile Wireless Communications and Networking
Advanced Data Networking
IP Telephony
Operation Support Systems in Telecommunications
Software-Defined Networking
Special Topics—Networking

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

Minimum of 32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required