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Telecommunications Engineering Technology MS

Program overview

The telecommunications industry has driven technological innovation and provided outstanding career opportunities for people with the right technical and leadership skills. New services offered through the Internet, mobility offered by wireless technology, and extreme capacity offered by fiber optics, as well as the evolution of policy and regulation, are shaping the telecommunication network of the future. The MS in telecommunications engineering technology focuses on developing the advanced level of skill and knowledge needed by future leaders in the industry. The program is designed for individuals who seek advancement into managerial roles in the dynamic telecommunications environment.

Curriculum

The program requires 33 semester credit hours of study and includes eight core courses that introduce essential fundamental concepts and skills. Each student is required to complete either a capstone project or a master’s thesis. The remaining credits consist of technical electives or other approved graduate courses.

Comprehensive Exam/Project/Thesis options

All students are required to complete a comprehensive exam at the conclusion of their course work. The comprehensive exam focuses on knowledge of the core competencies, theory and foundation principles, and application of this knowledge to a variety of scenarios. Students who wish to complete a graduate project or thesis under the supervision of a faculty adviser (in place of the comprehensive exam) must have the approval of the faculty and the graduate program director.

Telecommunications engineering technology (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
TCET-710 Principles of Telecommunication 3
TCET-730 Telecommunications Policy and Issues 3
TCET-750 Wireless Infrastructure and Policy 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
TCET-740 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology 3
TCET-720 Telecommunications Concepts 3
TCET-760 Network Planning and Design 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
Second Year
  Electives 3
TCET-790 Thesis 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

Telecommunications engineering technology (graduate project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
TCET-710 Principles of Telecommunication 3
TCET-730 Telecommunications Policy and Issues 3
TCET-750 Wireless Infrastructure and Policy 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
TCET-740 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology 3
TCET-720 Telecommunications Concepts 3
TCET-760 Network Planning and Design 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
Second Year
  Electives 6
TCET-797 Graduate Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

Telecommunications engineering technology (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
TCET-710 Principles of Telecommunication 3
TCET-730 Telecommunications Policy and Issues 3
TCET-750 Wireless Infrastructure and Policy 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
TCET-740 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology 3
TCET-720 Telecommunications Concepts 3
TCET-760 Network Planning and Design 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
Second Year
  Electives 9
TCET-795 Comprehensive Exam 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

Additional Information

Transfer credit

A limited number of credit hours may be transferred from an accredited institution to the program. Please consult the department chair for more information.

Other approved electives

All students may take three credit hours of graduate elective course work from other graduate programs subject to the approval of the graduate program director. Students often choose to include courses from Saunders College of Business, B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, or Kate Gleason College of Engineering. The number of elective credits depends on the student's choice of thesis, project, or comprehensive exam option.

Research and cooperative education

Students have the opportunity to apply for research projects or a cooperative education experience. While not a requirement of the program, these opportunities increase the value of the program and the marketability of its graduates.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in telecommunications engineering technology, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in engineering technology, engineering, or a related degree from an accredited institution,
  • Submit two professional recommendations,
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B),
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88-89 (Internet-based) are required. Applicants with a lower TOEFL score may be admitted conditionally and may be required to take a prescribed program in English and a reduced program course load. International applicants from universities outside the United States must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

While GRE scores are not required for applicants submitting transcripts from American universities, they are recommended for those whose undergraduate grade point average is below 3.0.


Career Outcomes

Recent Employers

Aircom International, American Fiber Systems, Boeing, Cingular Wireless, Cisco Systems, Current Communications Services, Dialogic (an Intel Company), ECC Technologies, Eli Research, Fibertech Networks, Frontier Telephone, Genencor, General Dynamics, Harris Corporation, IBM, Inter-Tel Technologies, Lockheed Martin, MCI, Motorola, NMS Communications, Nextel Partners, NORTEL, OneStream Networks, Ostrow Electric, PaeTec Communications, Paychex Inc., PICS Telecom, Quick Eagle Networks, Redcom Lab, Sentel, T Mobil, Verizon Wireless.


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