Learn to Manage Complex Telecom Projects
The Master of Science in Telecommunication at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) is designed to integrate knowledge of the computer science, engineering, managerial, and legal aspects of networking and telecommunications. As implementation of 5G services gain momentum globally and network structure revenue increases, there will be new challenges and opportunities for communication service providers and those in the telecom field—and BU MET’s Telecommunication master’s can prepare you for the work ahead.
Advance Your Career in Telecommunication
Focusing on the knowledge and critical skills essential for success in the field, the BU MET Telecommunication degree program 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.
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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 Telecommunication 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 information systems 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
Offered through BU MET’s Department of Computer Science, the Master of Science in Telecommunication is designed for both those seeking entry to an information technology career and those seeking to advance in one. Our faculty consists of academic leaders who are engaged in innovative research and skilled industry experts with experience building networks, ensuring information security for top global companies, and developing applications.
Telecommunication Concentration Options
BU MET’s MS in Telecommunication degree program offers a concentration in:
Graduate with Expertise
Metropolitan College’s Telecommunication master’s degree 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.
BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this option.
The following graduate certificate programs have courses that may be applied to the master’s degree:
- Advanced Information Technology
- Computer Networks
- Digital Forensics
- Information Security
- IT Project Management
- Web Application Development
- Software Engineering
- Medical Information Security and Privacy
Master’s in Telecommunication Curriculum
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.
(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 computer science electives. Please refer to MET CS Academic Policy Manual for further details.
(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 three courses must be at the 600-level or above:
MET CS 599 Biometrics
MET CS 601 Web Application Development
MET CS 632 Information Technology Project Management
MET CS 633 Software Quality, Testing, and Security Management
MET CS 664 Artificial Intelligence
MET CS 674 Database Security
MET CS 684 Enterprise Cybersecurity Management
MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
MET CS 694 Mobile Forensics and Security
MET CS 695 Cybersecurity
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 Computer Science
MET CS 799 Advanced Cryptography
Master’s Thesis in Telecommunication
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
MET CS 811 Master's Thesis in Computer Science
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