At this time, MET is not accepting applications to the Master of Science in Telecommunication degree program with a concentration in Security. Consider exploring our range of online, on-campus, and blended graduate degree and certificate programs. Please email csadmissions@bu.edu with any questions you may have. Our graduate admissions advisors are available to connect with you and see how a BU education can help you achieve your professional and personal goals.

Learn to Manage Complex Telecom Projects

The Master of Science in Telecommunication concentration in Security at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) focuses specifically on a host of malicious cyber threats to telecommunication providers and consumers, from potential attacks on telecommunication infrastructure—with potentially global ramifications—to cybercrimes targeting mobile devices, routers, and other vulnerable communication hardware.

Focus on Developing Secure Telecom Networks

Integrating knowledge of the computer science, engineering, managerial, and legal aspects of networking and telecommunications, the Security concentration will provide in-depth knowledge of cybersecurity risks and solutions, giving technical leaders the tools and skills to identify, develop, and implement highly secure networks that support organizational goals.

CNSS

A National Center of Academic Excellence

Boston University has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Our information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

Learn More

Why Study Telecommunications at BU MET?

  • Recognized & Certified: Boston University is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research. BU MET’s information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).
  • Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s computer science courses ensure you get the attention you need, while introducing case studies and real-world projects that emphasize technical and theoretical knowledge—combining in-depth, practical experience with the critical skills needed to remain on the forefront of the information technology field. In addition, BU’s Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS) offers opportunities to collaborate and participate in research on system reliability and information security.
  • Career Counseling: MET’s Career Development office and BU’s Center for Career Development offer a variety of job-hunting resources, including one-on-one career counseling by appointment for both online and on-campus students.
  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s computer science graduate programs, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty and seasoned industry leaders in a wide range of technology fields who are committed to teaching the latest technologies within the framework of ideas, concepts, and methods that drive innovation.
  • Extensive Network: Study telecommunication and network security alongside peers with solid IT experience, learn from faculty who have valuable contacts across several sectors, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
  • STEM Designated: Eligible graduates on student visas have access to an Optional Practical Training (OPT) of 12 months and an extension for up to 24 additional months.
  • Student Support: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty mentors and access to support.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, the George Sherman Union, and many others.
  • Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus with courses that begin fall, spring, and summer.
  • Track Record: Learn from the best—BU MET’s Department of Computer Science was established in 1979 and is the longest-running computer science department BU. Over its four decades, the department has played an important role in the emergence of IT at the University and throughout the region.
  • Merit Scholarships: US citizens and permanent residents are automatically considered during the application process and nominated based on eligibility. Learn more.

Master the Tools to Excel in Networking and Telecommunication

The Security concentration is part of BU MET’s Master of Science in Telecommunication (MSTC). Offered through BU MET’s Department of Computer Science, the Telecommunication master’s is designed to help you develop a solid understanding of basic networking technologies, systems, and services while enhancing your ability to compare networking and telecommunication products and services, and manage complex telecommunication projects.

Graduate with Expertise

Metropolitan College’s Telecommunication master’s degree concentration in Security will equip you with:

  • 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.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

You can also earn the master’s in Telecommunication with a concentration in Security by completing the BU MET Graduate Certificate in Computer Networks and the Graduate Certificate in Information Security, plus two additional courses: Operating Systems (MET CS 575) and either MET CS 685 Network Design and Management or MET CS 775 Advanced Networking (both courses must be completed). Students currently enrolled in a graduate certificate who are interested in transitioning into a master’s degree should contact their academic advisor to declare their interest in this pathway. A new master’s degree application is not required. Connect with a graduate admissions advisor at csadmissions@bu.edu to learn more about this option.

A total of 40 credits is required. A minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate program is a 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.

Core Courses

(Six courses/24 credits)

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 computer science electives. Please refer to the MET CS Academic Policies Manual for further details.

Security Concentration Requirements

(Four courses/16 credits)

Plus two courses selected from the following:


Tuition & Financial Assistance

Competitive Tuition

Our part-time rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education.

Learn More

Comprehensive Financial Assistance

Our services include scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans.

Learn More

Get Started

Please visit the BU MET admissions page for details on how to apply, financial assistance, tuition and fees, requirements for international students, and more.

Apply Now

 

News & Events

Events

July 25th, 2024 at: 12:00pm - 12:45pm

Online Graduate Study at Boston University

Details
Events

August 7th, 2024 at: 10:00am - 10:45am

The Inside Scoop: Graduate Admissions at BU MET (International Students)

Details
Events

August 21st, 2024 at: 10:00am - 10:30am

Financing your BU MET Graduate Education (for INTERNATIONAL students)

Details

Back to Programs