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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 reported

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

Select program hiring partners

Amazon, 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*

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 89.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 6.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 89.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 6.00%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

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