MS in Telecommunication

The Master of Science (MS) in Telecommunication 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Admissions Information

For current admissions information, please visit the Metropolitan College website.

Prerequisites

Applicants to the program are required to have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution 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 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Degree Requirements

Students are required to finish the core curriculum and either a four-course concentration or four general electives. The 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 to be eligible to graduate.

A total of 40 credits is required, as follows:

Core Curriculum (six courses/24 credits)

  • MET CS 535 Computer Networks
  • MET CS 575 Operating Systems
  • MET CS 635 Network Media Technologies
  • MET CS 685 Network Design and Management
  • MET CS 690 Network Security
  • MET CS 775 Advanced Networking

Students who have completed courses on core curriculum subjects as part of their undergraduate degree program or have relevant work-related experience may request permission from the Department of Computer Science to replace the corresponding core courses with graduate-level telecommunication electives. Please refer to the MET CS Academic Policies Manual for further details.

General Electives (four courses/16 credits)

Students who do not choose a concentration must select four general electives. Students should make sure that they have all prerequisites required by the selected course. At least three courses must be at the 600 level or above:

  • MET CS 599 Biometrics
  • MET CS 601 Web Application Development
  • MET CS 632 IT Project Management
  • MET CS 633 Software Quality, Testing, and Security Management
  • MET CS 664 Artificial Intelligence
  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
  • MET CS 694 Mobile Forensics and Security
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Cyber Security
  • MET CS 699 Data Mining
  • MET CS 701 Rich Internet Application Development
  • MET CS 703 Network Forensics
  • MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture
  • MET CS 789 Cryptography
  • MET CS 793 Special Topics in Cybersecurity
  • MET CS 795/796 Directed Study
  • MET CS 799 Advanced Cryptography

Master’s Thesis Option in Telecommunication (8 credits)

The thesis option is to be completed within 12 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 810/811 Master’s Thesis

Concentration in Security

Students in the program may choose a Concentration in Security, which provides in-depth knowledge of emerging network security threats and solutions to prepare technical leaders to identify, develop, and implement highly secure networks that support organizational goals.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Advanced knowledge of information security concepts, governance, biometric systems, and database systems security, as well as network security and cryptography.
  • Proficiency in risk management, such as asset assessments, architectural solutions, modeling, and design.
  • Competence in security policies, processes, technology, and operations.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Telecommunication core curriculum (24 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Security must also take the following concentration requirements and electives.

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 703 Network Forensics
  • MET CS 789 Cryptography

Plus two courses selected from the following:

  • MET CS 599 Biometrics
  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
  • MET CS 694 Mobile Forensics and Security
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Cyber Security
  • MET CS 793 Special Topics in Computer Science
  • MET CS 799 Advanced Cryptography

Second Master’s Degree Option

In appreciation of the converging needs of management and technology, the departments of Actuarial Science, Administrative Sciences, and Computer Science collaborate to offer a unique opportunity to students currently enrolled in their degree programs as well as alumni of those programs. Learn more.