School of Information Sciences - Telecommunications and Networking Program


The graduate program in telecommunications and networking, housed within the School of Information Sciences, offers graduate study leading to a master's degree, a certificate of advanced study, or a PhD.

Master of Science in Telecommunications (MST)

The MST program is a 37-credit program that can be completed in one year of full-time study or as many as four years of part-time study. Prerequisites for admission to the MST program include mastery of computer programming in at least one scientific programming language, probability (a three-credit course), and calculus (a three-credit course). You may then select an area of specialization such as telecommunications systems, computer networks, policy and management, wireless, or security, or choose to become a generalist.

Our program prepares you for careers in a variety of arenas including industry, business, government, health care, education, and the nonprofit sector in positions such as:

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

The 24-credit CAS provides a structured, personalized program of studies beyond the MST degree. Designed for people who do not wish to pursue the PhD degree, it enables post-master's-level students to explore a specific field of interest or to update skills and competencies. The CAS is an ideal way to refresh proficiencies and gain expertise in the most current areas of professional interest.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD program prepares you for advanced work in research and teaching, providing research-oriented graduate study and professional specialization in the science of telecommunications. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of superior scholarship and mastery of a specialized field of knowledge, and they also must show evidence of their ability to do significant and relevant research. The program requires a minimum of 48 credits beyond the Master's Degree. Our PhD graduates are members of faculties at universities around the world as well as senior researchers in public and private enterprises. If you are interested in doctoral study, you would benefit from meeting with potential faculty advisors before applying to the program.

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Learn More!

The iSchool hosts a number of opportunities for you to explore the Telecommunications program. Attend Information Sessions at the iSchool or online, whichever suits your schedule. More >

Join the Club

Students are invited to join ITERA, a forum for telecommunications research and education.

SIS is a member of the ISchools Caucus

Success Stories

Recent graduates of the MST program have found successful careers at Cisco Systems Inc, US Steel Corporation, ECI Telecom, and Union Switch and Signal.