Telecommunications Engineering Technology MS


Graduate Admissions Counselor

Matt Stever
585-475-5529, mesges@rit.edu


Department Contact

William P Johnson
585-475-2179, wpjiee@rit.edu


Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? No
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall
Entrance Exam GRE required for individuals with degrees from international universities.
Other
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 88
IELTS 6.5
PTE Academic 61

 

Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

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.

 


Career Outcomes

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