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Big Changes are Coming - Reorganization of Courses

Beginning with the Fall semester 2015, some big changes are coming to the TCOM program. We have reorganized the TCOM courses with the goal to eliminate the 1.5 credit half-semester courses from the program. Towards that end, we have combined pairs of 1.5 credit courses into single 3 credit hour cours. You will see these changes when the Fall schedule becomes available. Similarly, the catalog descriptions for all TCOM programs have been updated. Read on to learn about the detailed changes.

Registering and Next Steps

When you have decided on your initial set of classes you can proceed to register for classes. The university uses an automated registration system exclusively. You will receive detailed instructions on how to use this system.


Each student will be assigned an academic advisor when she enters the M.S. in Telecommunications program.  Students should review their admission document to find out their advisor.  For students who transferred from another program, the TCOM program office can provide the name of their advisor. There is also an up-to-date list of academic advisors posted outside the TCOM program office.


The MS in Telecommunications follows a specific and well-defined format set forth under the section on program requirements. Students are expected to know and follow all program requirements so that they can graduate from the program.

Plan of Study

Before the end of the first semester, each student is expected to  submit a Plan of Study. This plan should be reviewed and approved by the student's academic advisor.  This Plan should be kept up to date by regular consultation with the student's academic advisor. 

Choosing Courses and Plan of Studies

Choosing the right classes is of the outmost importance. When selecting courses, students must take into consideration both the requirements of the program and their technical interests. It is strongly recommended that students prepare a plan of studies detailing their course selections early in the program. This plan should be discussed with and approved by the student's academic advisor.  

Substitution/Waiver Form

Purpose: The substitution/waiver form is used to request that a requirement in a student’s academic program, either MS in Telecommunications or a graduate certificate, be met by an alternate course. Such an alternate course may either be a transfer course from a different institution, even though it is not considered equivalent to a Mason course, or a Mason course not usually applied to meet the requirement.