Communication Networks Master of science degree

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Overview

Communication is an ever changing industry, with new services and products being created and offered through the internet, mobility via wireless technology, extreme capacity created by fiber optics, as well as the evolution of policy and regulation. These are all shaping the communication networks of the future.

The MS in communication networks develops an advanced level of skill and knowledge needed by the future leaders of the industry. This program is designed for individuals who seek advancement into managerial roles in the dynamic, evolving communications environment.

Options

To help students achieve the level of expertise they are seeking, the program offers three options: fiber-optic and photonic communications, wireless communications, and network design and management. Each was designed to develop advanced knowledge in a specialty area. Alternatively, students may choose to not pursue a program option. Instead, they may select specific electives from a number or RIT's graduate programs to achieve more specific career goals. 

Curriculum for Communication Networks MS

Communication Networks (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
TCET-601* Programming & Problem Solving in Telecommunications 3
TCET-715 Converged Network Concepts 3
TCET-740 Fiber Optic Communications 2
TCET-741 Fiber Optic Communications Lab 1
TCET-751 Wireless Communications 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
  Electives 12
Second Year
TCET-788 Thesis Planning 3
TCET-790 Thesis 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

 

Communication Networks (graduate project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
TCET-601* Programming & Problem Solving in Telecommunications 3
TCET-715 Converged Network Concepts 3
TCET-740 Fiber Optic Communications 2
TCET-741 Fiber Optic Communications Lab 1
TCET-751 Wireless Communications 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
  Electives 12
Second Year
TCET-797 Graduate Project 3
  Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

 

Communication Networks (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
TCET-601* Programming & Problem Solving in Telecommunications 3
TCET-715 Converged Network Concepts 3
TCET-740 Fiber Optic Communications 2
TCET-741 Fiber Optic Communications Lab 1
TCET-751 Wireless Communications 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
  Electives 12
Second Year
TCET-795 Comprehensive Exam 0
  Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

 

*TCET-601 is a bridge course that can be waived by qualification exam. Credits for course or waiver do not count toward degree.

Students must use the curriculum electives to complete at least 9 credits from a list of courses approved by the faculty to earn an Option. Students may complete courses listed in any Option or choose courses from a list of approved elective courses to complete the required number of electives. A student is not required to complete any Option but may pick and choose courses that fulfill their education objectives from any of the listed Options of approved elective courses. The currently-approved courses by Option are:

Fiber Optic and Photonic Communications Option (choose 3 from the list below, 9 credits)

TCET-745 Advanced Fiber-Optic Communications

TCET-748 Fiber Optic Test & Measurement

EEEE-771 Optoelectronics

MFET-655 Surface Mount Electronics Manufacturing

Wireless Communications Option (all required, 9 credits)

TCET-750 Wireless Systems Regulation

TCET-752 Advanced Wireless Communication

TCET-753 Wireless Networks

Network Design and Management Option (choose 3 from the list below, 9 credits)

TCET-620 Applied Machine Learning

TCET-723 Telecommunications Network Engineering

TCET-747 Next Generation Networks

TCET-760 Network Planning & Design

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in communications networks, 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 personal statement of educational objectives.
  • 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.

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