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Communication Networks MS

In this communication networks degree, you’ll become an expert in fiber-optic and photonic communications, wireless communications, and network design and management as you lead the ever-changing telecommunications industry.

Program skills

This program includes eight core courses that introduce essential fundamental concepts and skills. Students are required to complete a comprehensive exam, a capstone project, or a thesis. 
Networking: Routing: BGP, OSPF, EIGRP, RIP Switching: VTP, STP, VLAN, SDN
Protocols: 802.11 protocol, Active Directory, Integrated Routing & Bridging, VPN, NAT, DHCP, DNS, IPv4/v6, TCP,VoIP, MPLS,Cloud computing, LAN/ WAN design
Servers: DHCP, DNS, SFTP, Exchange 2010, NX
Devices: Cisco Routers and Switches, Raspberry Pi
Wireless: CDMA, GSM, LTE, Bluetooth, Software Radio Design, USRP (SDR), RF
Languages: Shell Scripting, Python, VHDL, Verilog,  C
Applications: MATLAB, GNS3, GNU Radio, VMware, Cisco Packet Tracer, MULTISIM
Operating Systems: Windows, LINUX (Red Hat, Ubuntu)

Program facilities equipment

Students are exposed to the REDCOM Telecommunications Systems Lab, Cisco VoIP, Lucent DSLAM, Nortel OC-3, P-com Tel-Link, REDCOM MDX, Tellabs DCC, TTC T-Bird, Allworks VoIP. Edcom Fiber Optics Communications Kits, Agilent 86143B Optical Spectrum Analyzer, Keithley 428 Programmable Current Amplifier, LeCroy WaveSurfer 3022 Oscilloscope, LDC 201 100mA Laser Diode & 2A TEC Controller, Photonics Systems Lab.

Program job titles

Client Services Engineer; Cloud Support Associate; Information Technology; Network Operations Center Engineer; Network Engineer; Network Automation Engineer; Systems Network Administrator

Select program hiring partners

Tri Tower Telecom; Juniper Networks; Fortinet; Verkada; Nutanix; Nokia; Medtronic; Hughes Network Systems, LLC; Foundry Digital LLC.; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Charter Communication Spectrum; Amazon Web Services; Arrcus, Inc.; Carestream Health; Cloud9 Infosystems; Constellation Brands, Inc.; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Kodak Alaris; Legrand North America; Microsoft; New York Power Authority; Palo Alto Networks; PPC Broadband, Inc.; Tech Mahindra; Tesla


Outcome Rates for Communication Networks MS

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete relevant, hands-on career experience. At the graduate level, and paired with an advanced degree, cooperative education and internships give you the unparalleled credentials that truly set you apart. Learn more about graduate co-op and how it provides you with the career experience employers look for in their next top hires.

Cooperative education is optional but strongly encouraged for graduate students in the communication networks MS degree.