Master of Science in Communication Networks

General

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Program Description

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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 Communication Networks focuses on developing an advanced level of skill and knowledge needed by future leaders in the industry. This program is designed for individuals who seek advancement into managerial roles in the dynamic telecommunications environment.

The program requires 33 credit hours of study and 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. The remaining credits consist of technical electives or other approved graduate courses.

Research and cooperative education

Students have the opportunity to apply for research projects or participate in the cooperative education experience. While not a requirement, these opportunities increase the value of the program and the marketability of its graduates. Full-time students may choose to complete cooperative education after completing two semesters (a minimum of 18 credit hours of study), students may request approval to complete up to one year of cooperative education employment related to their field of study.

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 a thesis in place of the comprehensive exam must have the approval of the faculty and the graduate program director.

Industries

  • Telecommunications
  • Computer Networking
  • Electronic and Computer Hardware
  • Defense

Curriculum

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

First Year

  • TCET-710 Principles of Telecommunication
  • TCET-750 Wireless Infrastructure and Policy
  • GRCS-701 Research Methods
  • TCET-740 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology
  • TCET-741 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology Lab
  • TCET-720 Telecommunications Concepts
  • TCET-760 Network Planning and Design
  • TCET-747 Next-Generation Networks
  • TCET-790 Thesis
  • Electives

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

First Year

  • TCET-710 Principles of Telecommunication
  • TCET-750 Wireless Infrastructure and Policy
  • GRCS-701 Research Methods
  • TCET-740 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology
  • TCET-741 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology Lab
  • TCET-720 Telecommunications Concepts
  • TCET-760 Network Planning and Design
  • TCET-747 Next-Generation Networks
  • TCET-797 Graduate Project
  • Elective

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

First Year

  • TCET-710 Principles of Telecommunication
  • TCET-750 Wireless Infrastructure and Policy
  • GRCS-701 Research Methods
  • TCET-740 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology
  • TCET-741 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology Lab
  • TCET-720 Telecommunications Concepts
  • TCET-760 Network Planning and Design
  • TCET-747 Next-Generation Networks
  • TCET-795 Comprehensive Exam
  • Electives

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in Communication Networks, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) or evidence of relevant professional performance.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • Submit a writing sample designated by the department.
  • Participate in an interview with a faculty member (when required by department).
  • 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.
  • Upon arrival at RIT, international students may be asked to take an English language proficiency exam. Those who do not meet the minimum standard will be required to take additional English language courses.
  • All required admission materials must be submitted and reviewed by faculty prior to the completion of 9 semester credit hours of graduate course work in the program.
Last updated Jul 2020

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