Offered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Telecommunications Engineering provides students with a foundation in the fundamentals of transmissions systems, computer networking, network architecture and protocols, and telecommunications security protocols. Students may also take courses on optical networking, wireless networking, cloud computing, and other topics relevant to the industry.
- Credit hours: 30
- Thesis options: Two - students who choose to complete a thesis take 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours for conducting thesis research. These 6 credit hours must be taken over two terms. Students who choose the non-thesis option take 30 credit hours of coursework.
- Other requirements:
- ECE 6035: Introduction to Computer Networks
- ECE 6550: Advanced Network Architectures
- ECE 6565: Telecommunications Security
- ECE 6575: Optical Communications Networks
- ECE 6580: Wireless Networks
- Colloquium requirement: Students must attend five seminars, workshops, or symposia sponsored by the department in order to fulfill this zero-credit requirement.
M.S. Admissions Requirements
Applicants must submit the following materials in order to be considered for admission into a master's program at SEAS. All materials except test scores must be uploaded to the online application form:
- Scanned copies of unofficial transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned; the program was not completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.
- Please ensure that all transcripts are properly scanned and attached to the online application form. Otherwise, applicants will receive notifications requesting legible transcripts, which may delay review of their application.
- Please do not mail official transcripts unless you are instructed to do so by a SEAS admissions officer. Admissions decisions are based on unofficial transcripts.
- For international applicants, please see additional requirements for attaching foreign transcripts to the online application.
- The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants, except for those applying for a Combined Five-Year Program.
- GRE scores must be sent to institution code 5246 through the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
- There is no minimum score required on the GRE for admission. However, applicants are encouraged to score within the 90th percentile of the Quantitative section of the exam in order to be considered competitive. To see average GRE scores from the most recent incoming class, visit the Graduate Student Profile.
English proficiency exam scores (international applicants)
- International applicants who did not receive a degree from an institution situated in the United States or English-speaking country must also submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic exams.
- Please view the International Admissions section for information on English language exam score requirements and sending scores to GW.
Letters of Recommendation
- A minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation is required to be submitted with the online application form. These may be from your academic advisor, professor, and/or employer.
Statement of Purpose
- Applicants must include an essay of 250-500 words that clearly states their purpose in undertaking graduate study at the George Washington University; explains their academic objectives, research interests, and career plans; and discusses related qualifications including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned.
- It is strongly encouraged that essays stay within the 500-word limit. While applicants are not penalized for submitting longer essays, concise essays are more effective in demonstrating an applicant's motivation.
- The Statement of Purpose must be written by the applicant. Any essay found to have been written by anyone other than the applicant, or plagiarized from other published materials, will be withdrawn from consideration.
- A current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) should be uploaded to the online application form.
- If you have published articles in peer-reviewed publications, please include them as a hyperlink.
M.S. applicants must also demonstrate the following requirements in order to be considered for admission:
- A bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work.
- Students with a bachelor's degree in another field may be admitted with a set of deficiency courses to be determined by the department on a case-by-case basis.
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