School of Information Sciences - Information Science & Technology Program

Telecommunications and Distributed Systems Specialization

In the Telecommunications and Distributed Systems (TDS) specialization, you will focus on one of the fastest growing Information Technology fields. Distributed computing involves the study of information systems in which the data and computational processing is spread over more than one computer—usually in a network. Networking is critical to efficient communication among widely distributed participants and has become the backbone of industries ranging from Telecommunications firms to healthcare systems to finance. Thanks to the Internet and more powerful computation/communication devices, industry and society are demanding more pervasive networks, more efficient and effective information systems, and more professionals trained to design and manage these complex and vital systems. 

As the School of Information Sciences offers degrees in both Information Sciences and Telecommunications, the TDS specialization takes advantage of faculty expertise in networking protocols, client-server systems, distributed database management systems, and Web services. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to face the challenges of deploying, designing, and managing distributed applications across networked systems. Employers are seeking graduates who can design and manage client-server and peer-to-peer systems, manage network-based information systems, and design networks and systems that are secure.

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Plan of Study

Students interested in this specialization are expected to have successfully completed significant coursework in programming (at least equivalent to INFSCI 2500) in order to meet the pre-requisites for several courses in the track.

The course of study for the MSIS degree consists of a minimum of 36 credits. The 36 credits are to be distributed as follows. Any changes to the distribution of credits below must be requested, in advance, through petition to the GIST faculty.

Note: Recommended courses have been pre-approved to fulfill the following academic areas. You may choose classes from outside of the list of recommended courses and are encouraged to discuss your options with your academic advisor.

TELCOM 2000 is a pre-requisite for the track.

Any changes to the distribution above must be requested, in advance, through petition to the GPIS faculty.

Telecommunications and Distributed Systems Courses


To view the term in which a class is offered, please see the Projected Course Offerings.

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