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Telecommunications Engineering Technology MS degree

William P. Johnson, Graduate Program Director 
(585) 475-2179, wpjiee@rit.edu

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 via wireless technology, and extreme capacity created 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 an 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.

Plan of study

The program requires 33 semester credit hours of study and includes eight core courses that introduce essential fundamental concepts and skills. Students are required to complete a comprehensive exam or, with faculty approval, a capstone project or a 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.

Curriculum

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
TCET-710 Principles of Telecommunication 3
TCET-750 Wireless Infrastructure and Policy 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
TCET-740, 741 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology and Lab 3
TCET-720 Telecommunications Concepts 3
TCET-760 Network Planning and Design 3
TCET-747 Next Generation Networks 3
  Elective 3
Second Year
  Elective 3
TCET-790 Thesis 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
TCET-710 Principles of Telecommunication 3
TCET-750 Wireless Infrastructure and Policy 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
TCET-740 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology and Lab 3
TCET-720 Telecommunications Concepts 3
TCET-760 Network Planning and Design 3
TCET-747 Next Generation Networks 3
  Elective 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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
TCET-710 Principles of Telecommunication 3
TCET-750 Wireless Infrastructure and Policy 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
TCET-740, 741 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology and Lab 3
TCET-720 Telecommunications Concepts 3
TCET-760 Network Planning and Design 3
TCET-747 Next Generation Networks 3
  Elective 3
Second Year
  Electives 9
TCET-795 Comprehensive Exam 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

 

Admission requirements

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

  • Complete a graduate application
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in engineering technology, engineering, or a related area.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit two professional letters of recommendation.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • 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.

 

Additional information

Transfer credit

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

Other approved electives

Students may take three credit hours of 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, the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, or the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. The number of elective credits depends on whether the student chooses the 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.

 




Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
 

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. RIT offers a unique program focused on telecommunications that develops the advanced level of skill and knowledge needed by future leaders in the industry.

The master of science degree in telecommunications engineering technology is for individuals who seek advancement into managerial and leadership roles in a dynamic telecommunications environment. This program can be completed through either online or on-campus study.

Curriculum

The MS in telecommunications engineering technology requires 48 quarter credit hours of study. The program includes six core courses that introduce essential fundamental concepts and skills. Each student is required to complete a graduate project/thesis planning seminar and either a capstone project or a master’s thesis. The remaining credits consist of technical electives or other approved graduate courses.

Telecommunications engineering technology, MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0614-720 Telecommunications Concepts 4
0614-722 Principles of Telecommunciations Networks 4
0614-780 Telecommunications Policy and Regulation 4
0614-732 Fiber Optic Telecommunication Technology 4
0614-763 Wireless Telecommunication Systems 4
0614-774 WAN/LAN Planning and Design 4
  Technical Electives 16
0614-890 Graduate Thesis/Project Planning 2
Choose one of the following: 6
   0614-893    Capstone Project*  
   0614-892    Thesis  
Total Quarter Credit Hours 48

* The capstone project option requires students to complete one additional technical elective.

Technical electives

Course  
Network design
0614-761 Telecommunications Network Engineering  4
0614-836 Next Generation Networks  4
Fiber optic telecommunications
0614-832 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Networks  4
Wireless communications
0614-764 Telecommunication Systems  4
0614-783 Telecommunication Transmission Systems  4

Additional Information

Transfer credit

A maximum of 12 quarter credit hours may be transferred from an accredited institution to this program.

Other approved electives

Students may take up to three graduate electives from other graduate programs subject to the approval of the program chair. Many students choose to include management courses from the E. Philip Saunders College of Business.

Master’s project/thesis

Each student is required to take the thesis/project planning seminar and complete either a graduate project or master's thesis. Students who elect the graduate project must take an additional course from the technical electives or other approved electives.

Research and cooperative education

Students in the program 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