Why study Telecommunications at Mason?
The graduate program in Telecommunications was established in the fall of 2000 in direct response to the region's urgent needs for a workforce with advanced technical skills in everything related to the Internet. Since then, our program has grown to be the largest graduate program in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering with approximately 100 graduates per year.
The success of our program can be attributed to a number of factors, which in combination create a truly unique educational opportunity. To start, we have created a novel and state-of-the-art curriculum that provides our students with in-depth knowledge of modern telecommunications. Besides a broad base provided by our core curriculum, students have the opportunity for advanced studies in several focus area, including advanced IP networking, security, and wireless communications. In contrast to traditional engineering programs we emphasize practical aspects over mathematical analysis; this allows motivated students without an engineering undergraduate degree to succeed in the program.
The faculty teaching our classes are either well-known, respected researchers or seasoned telecom professionals who bring invaluable practical experience to the classroom.
Furthermore, George Mason University is located in the heart of Northern Virginia's high tech region and we are the only major university centered in this region. From the inception of the program, we have enjoyed very good relations with our local industry at many levels. We listen to industry leaders to adapt our curriculum continuously to the rapid changes in the field, many of our faculty work in prominent positions in industry, and many of our graduates find a position and stay in the area. Over the years, we have successfully met the needs of both early-career professional who are aiming for an entry-level position as well as seasoned professionals who are looking to upgrade and validate their skills. Despite its relatively short existence, the program has built an active and growing alumni network.
To gain an appreciation for the depth and relevance of material covered by our program, we invite you to peruse the list of courses that we offer regularly. Alternatively, follow the links below for an overview of the program and the process of applying for admission to the program.