Master of Science in Telecommunication

CNSS - LogoThe Master of Science (MS) in Telecommunication degree program integrates knowledge of the computer science, engineering, managerial, and legal aspects of networking and telecommunications. The telecommunication degree program is designed to provide knowledge and critical skills essential for success in this rapidly expanding field. Program participants gain a solid knowledge of the basic networking technologies, systems, and services; increase their ability to compare networking and telecommunication products and services; and enhance their ability to manage complex telecommunication projects.

Students who complete the master’s degree in Telecommunication will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of data communication protocols and networks, including, but not limited to, error control and flow control, distributed synchronization, error detection and correction, forwarding and techniques to implement it, performance analysis of networks, and management of large networks.
  • Competence sufficient to design, specify, and develop data transfer protocols for specific purposes; design, specify, plan, and define networks of any size; and analyze, evaluate, and select network technologies.

Concentration in Security

Students may choose to pursue a concentration in Security.

Dual Degree Option

Appreciating the converging nature of management skills and technology, the Computer Science Department has a special relationship with Metropolitan College’s Administrative Sciences and Actuarial Science departments. Degree candidates in either program may apply 8 credits from one degree toward a second degree in one of these disciplines, thereby reducing their work by two courses. Students must be accepted by both departments, but they may request that application materials such as references and transcripts be forwarded from the first program to the second.

Admission Information

Prerequisite courses or evidence of proficiency in these areas must accompany the application to the program. If college-level credit courses are not in evidence, the department will determine what prerequisite courses must be completed in addition to the graduate degree requirements. Students claiming equivalent proficiency in prerequisite courses from non-academic sources must take an examination to demonstrate such proficiency.

Official transcripts of previous academic work, three letters of recommendation, personal statement and résumé are required as part of the application.

A maximum of two graduate-level courses (8 credits) taken at Metropolitan College before acceptance into the program may be applied toward the degree.

Minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate program is C (2.0), but an average grade of B (3.0) must be maintained to be in good academic standing and satisfy the degree requirements.

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Academic Standing

No grade lower than C may be used toward degree requirements. Students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 in order to be in good academic standing and to graduate. Students with a grade point average of less than 3.0 are on academic probation and must be in a position to achieve a 3.0 within the 48 required credit hours for graduation.

Prerequisites

Applicants to the program are required to have a baccalaureate degree and proficiency in the following areas:

 

  • MET CS 201 Introduction to Programming
  • MET CS 231 Programming with C++ or
    MET CS 232 Programming with Java
  • MET CS 472 Computer Architecture
  • MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for information Systems

Degree Requirements

A total of 40 credits is required.

Core Curriculum

(Six courses/24 credits)

MET CS 535 Computer Networks
Fall ‘15

Overview of data communication and computer networks, including network hardware and software, as well as reference models, example networks, data communication services and network standardization. The OSI and the Internet (TCP/IP) network models are discussed. The course covers each network layer in details, starting from the Physical layer to towards the Application layer, and includes an overview of network security topics. Other topics covered include encoding digital and analog signals, transmission media, protocols. circuit, packet, message, switching techniques, internetworking devices, topologies. LANs/WANs, Ethernet, IP, TCP, UDP, and Web applications. Labs on network analysis. Prereq: MET CS 575 and MET CS 201 or MET CS 231 or MET CS 232. Or instructor's consent. Restrictions: This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 625 or MET CS 425 (undergraduate). Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Day CAS 428 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 575 Operating Systems
Fall ‘15

Overview of operating system characteristics, design objectives, and structures. Topics include concurrent processes, coordination of asynchronous events, file systems, resource sharing, memory management, security, scheduling and deadlock problems.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Nourai EPC 205 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EX IND Nourai EPC 205 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 635 Network Design and Implementation

This course presents the concepts and fundamental design principles of computer networks and Internet that have contributed to the modern networks technologies. It will also present an overview of new trends in networks and Internet/Intranet with design of real campus networks. Topics include design principles for network topology and optimization of network elements. Design of network architecture is also covered, including the fundamentals of Internet applications (HTTP, FTP, DNS), TCP and UDP protocols and implementations, congestion control and traffic engineering, multimedia networking, and security in computer networks. Prereq: MET CS 231 or MET CS 232 and either MET CS 625 or MET CS 535; or instructor's consent.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET CS 685 Network Design and Management
Fall ‘15

. This course will cover contemporary integrated network management based on FCAPS (Fault, Configuration, Administration, Performance, and Security management) model. The introduction to the course will be an overview of data transmission techniques and networking technologies. The middle part of the course will be on Network Management Model, SNMP versions 1, 2 and 3, and MIBs. In the second part of the course, particular focus and emphasis will be given to current network management issues: various wireless networks technologies (WLAN, WiFi, WiMax), Voice-over-IP, Peer-to-Peer Networks, networking services, Identity Management, and Services Oriented Architecture Management. Prereq: MET CS 535 or MET CS 625. or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Soulhi FLR 267 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Soulhi FLR 267 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 690 Network Security
Fall ‘15

This course will cover advanced network security issues and solutions. The main focus on the first part of the course will be on Security basics, i.e. security services, access controls, vulnerabilities, threats and risk, network architectures and attacks. In the second part of the course, particular focus and emphasis will be given to network security capabilities and mechanisms (Access Control on wire-line and wireless networks), IPsec, Firewalls, Deep Packet Inspection and Transport security. The final portion of the course will address Network Application security (Email, Ad-hoc, XML/SAML and Services Oriented Architecture security. As part of our course review we will explore a number of Network Use Cases. Prereq: MET CS 535 or MET CS 625; Familiarity with OSI and TCP/IP protocol stack; Background-familiarity with binary numbers, prime numbers, binary- hexadecimal-decimal conversions, etc; Familiarity with computer programming concepts; or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Jacobs FLR ARR T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Jacobs FLR ARR T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 775 Advanced Networking
Fall ‘15

In-depth coverage of the architecture, interfaces, protocols, and technologies of high- speed broadband networks. Topics include broadband wide-area network (WAN) technologies such as gigabit routers with IP switching, MPLS, ATM and Frame Relay; broadband LAN technologies: Fast Ethernet and Ethernet Switching, Gigabit Ethernet, and FDDI; broadband access technologies: DSL and Cable modems, as well as discussion of network performance, congestion control and traffic management, provision of different levels of quality of service (QoS),resource reservation, unicast and multicast routing, and multimedia compression and security in broadband networks. Students are required to complete a research project in one of the advanced Internet technologies. Labs on network performance analysis. Prereq: MET CS 535; or instructor's consent.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Day KCB 102 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Students who have completed courses in core curriculum subjects as part of their undergraduate degree program must replace the corresponding core courses with electives. It is recommended that each replacement course be in the same technical area. Students who have work-related experience in any of the core curriculum courses may apply for a waiver by submitting appropriate documentation. When a course waiver is granted the student must substitute a graduate-level computer science course for the core course.

General Electives

(Four courses/16 credits)

Students who are not pursuing a concentration in Security must select four general electives. Electives other than those listed below must be approved by the student’s advisor. Students should make sure that they have all prerequisites required by the selected course. At least two courses must be at the 600-level or above:

MET CS 599 Biometrics

In this course we will study the fundamental and design applications of various biometric systems based on fingerprints, voice, face, hand geometry, palm print, iris, retina, and other modalities. Multimodal biometric systems that use two or more of the above characteristics will be discussed. Biometric system performance and issues related to the security and privacy aspects of these systems will also be addressed.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET CS 601 Web Application Development
Fall ‘15

This course focuses on building core competencies in web design and development. It begins with a complete immersion into HTML essentially XHTML and Dynamic HTML (DHTML). Students are exposed to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), as well as Dynamic CSS. The fundamentals of JavaScript language including object-oriented JavaScript is covered comprehensively. AJAX with XML and JSON are covered, as they are the primary means to transfer data from client and server. Prereq: For CIS Students: MET CS 200 Fundamentals of Information Technology, or instructor's consent. For CS and TC Students: MET CS 231 or MET CS 232, or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Sheehan SHA 201 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Heda MCS B21 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Bishop ARR
MET CS 632 Information Technology Project Management
Fall ‘15

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the principles, processes, and practices of software project management. Students learn techniques for planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling software projects. There is substantial focus on software cost estimation and software risk management. Students will obtain practical project management skills and competencies related to the definition of a software project, establishment of project communications, managing project changes, and managing distributed software teams and projects.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Campbell FLR 109 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Campbell FLR 109 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Kanabar ARR
MET CS 633 Distributed Software Development and Management
Fall ‘15

Many of today's software systems are developed by geographically distributed teams. The course examines software engineering in this context, from the project and program management perspective. The term project consists of in-process submissions that are thoroughly reviewed, including among peers, together with a working system prototype. No programming background is required. Prereq: MET CS 520 or MET CS 601 and MET CS 682.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Elentukh FLR 266 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Elentukh FLR 266 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Elentukh ARR
MET CS 664 Artificial Intelligence
Fall ‘15

Study of the ideas and techniques that enable computers to behave intelligently. Search, constraint propagations, and reasoning. Knowledge representation, natural language, learning, question answering, inference, visual perception, and/or problem solving. Laboratory course. Prereq: MET CS 248 and MET CS 341 or MET CS 342; or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Berry CAS 204A R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
Fall ‘15

This course enables IT professional leaders to identify emerging security risks and implement highly secure networks to support organizational goals. Discussion of methodologies for identifying, quantifying, mitigating and controlling risks. Students implement a comprehensive IT risk management plans (RMP) that identify alternate sites for processing mission-critical applications, and techniques to recover infrastructure, systems, networks, data and user access. The course also discusses related topics such as: disaster recovery, handling information security; protection of property, personnel and facilities; protection of sensitive and classified information, privacy issues, and criminal terrorist and hostile activities.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Burgoyne FLR ARR R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Burgoyne FLR ARR R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Burgoyne ARR
BHA IND Staff S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
Fall ‘15

Provides a comprehensive understanding of digital forensics and investigation tools and techniques. Learn what computer forensics and investigation is as a profession and gain an understanding of the overall investigative process. Operating system architectures and disk structures are discussed. Studies how to set up an investigator's office and laboratory, as well as what computer forensic hardware and software tools are available. Other topics covered include importance of digital evidence controls and how to process crime and incident scenes, details of data acquisition, computer forensic analysis, e-mail investigations, image file recovery, investigative report writing, and expert witness requirements. Provides a range of laboratory and hands-on assignments either in solo or in teams. With rapid growth of computer systems and digital data this area has grown in importance.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
EL IND Arena FLR ARR S 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
OL IND Navarro ARR
MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security
Fall ‘15

The course provides an in-depth presentation of security issues in computer systems, networks, and applications. Formal security models are presented and illustrated on operating system security aspects, more specifically memory protection, access control and authentication, file system security, backup and recovery management, intrusion and virus protection mechanisms. Application level security focuses on language level security and various security policies; conventional and public keys encryption, authentication, message digest and digital signatures. Internet and intranet topics include security in IP, routers, proxy servers, and firewalls, application- level gateways, Web servers, file and mail servers. Discussion of remote access issues, such as dial-up servers, modems, VPN gateways and clients. Prereq: MET CS 625; or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Jacobs FLR 265 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Jacobs FLR 265 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 699 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
Fall ‘15

Data mining and investigation is a key goal behind any data warehouse effort. The course provides an introduction to concepts behind data mining, text mining, and web mining. Algorithms will be tested on data sets using the Weka Data mining software and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (Business Intelligence Development Studio). Prereq: MS CS Prerequisites: MET CS 579; or instructor's consent. MS CIS Prerequisites: MET CS 669 and MET CS 546; or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Lee FLR 267 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Lee FLR 267 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Lee ARR
MET CS 701 Rich Internet Application Development
Fall ‘15

The Rich Internet Application (RIA) Development course concentrates primarily on building rich client web applications in the browser for desktop and mobile devices. The course is divided into various modules covering in depth the following technologies: HTML5, jQuery UI & Mobile, and AngularJS. Along with the fundamentals underlying these technologies, several applications will be showcased as case studies. Students work with these technologies starting with simple applications and then examining real world complex applications. At the end of this course, students would have mastered the latest and widely used RIA methodologies. Prereq: MET CS 520 and MET CS 601; or instructor's consent.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Kalathur FLR 264 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Kalathur FLR 264 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 703 Network Forensics
Fall ‘15

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of network forensic analysis principles. Within the context of forensics security, network infrastructures, topologies, and protocols are introduced. Students understand the relationship between network forensic analysis and network security technologies. Students will learn to identify network security incidents and potential sources of digital evidence and demonstrate the ability to perform basic network data acquisition and analysis using computer based applications and utilities. Students will also identify potential applications for the integration of network forensic technologies and demonstrate the ability to accurately document network forensic processes and analysis. Prereq: MET CS 625 and MET CS 695; or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
EL IND Staff FLR 266 S 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
MET CS 713 Advanced Digital Forensics

This course provides an introduction to the advanced digital forensic topic relating to malicious software (malware), which represents an increasing information security threat to computer systems and networks. Students will review software engineering design fundamentals and reverse engineering techniques utilized to conduct static and dynamic forensic analysis on computer systems and networks. Students will learn about the importance of forensic principles, legal considerations, digital evidence controls, and documentation of forensic procedures. This course will incorporate demonstrations and laboratory exercises to reinforce practical applications of course instruction and will require an independent research paper related to the course topic. Prereq: MET CS 693 and MET CS 703; or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET CS 751 Web Services

Architecture of Web Services; review of XML Shemas; SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol); WSDL (Web Services Description Language); UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration); Web Services in .NET; Sun and Apache tools; Company-specific Web Service API?s; Java API?s for XML Messaging; Java Application Servers; review of Security, transactions, and business process languages (e.g. BPEL) among Web Services.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET CS 780 Database Administration

This course prepares students to perform the day-to-day administration of a database system. While most of the examples in this course are based on Oracle database administration, the course also covers the differences in administering Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL and examples. The course covers administration on Windows, Linux and Unix platforms. 4 credits.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture
Fall ‘15

This course builds upon the strong technical foundation of our MSCIS and MSCS curricula, by providing students with the CIO-level management perspective and skills of enterprise architecture, in the context of the technologies that implement those architectures. The course provides students with the understanding and skills needed to define and implement successful enterprise architectures that provide real value to organizations, such as substantially reducing IT costs while improving performance, agility and alignment of information technology to business goals. Prereq: MET CS 682; or strategic IT experience; or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Schudy FLR ARR W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Schudy FLR ARR W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 789 Cryptography
Fall ‘15

The course covers the main concepts and principles of cryptography with the main emphasis put on public key cryptography. It begins with the review of integers and a thorough coverage of the fundamentals of finite group theory followed by the RSA and ElGamal ciphers. Primitive roots in cyclic groups and the discrete log problem are discussed. Baby-step Giant-step and the Index Calculus probabilistic algorithms to compute discrete logs in cyclic groups are presented. Naor -- Reingold and Blum -- Blum -- Shub Random Number Generators as well as Fermat, Euler and Miller-Rabin primality tests are thoroughly covered. Pollard's Rho, Pollard's and Quadratic Sieve factorization algorithms are presented. The course ends with the coverage of some oblivious transfer protocols and zero-knowledge proofs. There are numerous programming assignments in the course. Prereq: MET CS 248 and MET CS 566; or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Temkin CGS 515 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 795 Directed Study

Prereq: Consent of advisor. Requires prior approval of student-initiated proposal. Independent study on special projects under faculty guidance.   [ Var cr. ]

MET CS 796 Directed Study

Prereq: consent of the instructor. Requires prior approval of student-initiated proposal. Independent study on special projects under faculty guidance. variable cr  [ Var cr. ]

MET CS 799 Advanced Cryptography

This course builds on the material covered in CS 789 Cryptography. It begins with the coverage of commutative rings, finite fields, rings of polynomials, and finding of the greatest common divisor in the ring of polynomials. Irreducible polynomials are discussed. Field extensions and fields Fᴩ [x]/P are thoroughly covered. The main emphasis is put on elliptic curves over Fᴩ and F₂ and the ElGamal cipher on elliptic curves is presented. Block ciphers DES and double and triple DES are introduced. AES and WHIRLPOOL block ciphers and modes of operation are covered. The course continues with the introduction of message integrity and message authentication. In the last part of the course cryptographic hash functions SHA-512 and WHIRLPOOL as well as various digital signatures are introduced. Finally, entity authentication and key management issues are discussed. Prereq: MET CS 789; or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Master’s Thesis in Telecommunication

(8 credits)

Students majoring in Telecommunication may elect a thesis option, to be completed within twelve months. This option is available to Master of Science in Telecommunication candidates who have completed at least seven courses toward their degree and have a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Students are responsible for finding a thesis advisor and a principal reader within the department. The advisor must be a full-time faculty member; the principal reader may be part-time faculty with a PhD (unless waived by the department).

MET CS 810 Master's Thesis in Computer Science

This thesis must be completed within 12 months. Students majoring in Computer Science may elect a thesis option. This option is available to Master of Science in Computer Science candidates who have completed at least seven courses toward their degree and have a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Students are responsible for finding a thesis advisor and a principal reader within the department. The advisor must be a full-time faculty member; the principal reader may be part-time faculty member with a doctorate. Permission must be obtained by the department. 4cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET CS 811 Master's Thesis in Computer Science

This thesis must be completed within 12 months. Students majoring in Computer Science may elect a thesis option. This option is available to Master of Science in Computer Science candidates who have completed at least seven courses toward their degree and have a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Students are responsible for finding a thesis advisor and a principal reader within the department. The advisor must be a full-time faculty member; the principal reader may be part-time faculty member with a doctorate. Permission must be obtained by the department. 4cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

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