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Degree Programs

This category relates to the academic aspects of the program, including program requirements, selecting courses, or graduate certificates.

Dismissal Appeal

A student who receives an academic dismissal notice has the right to appeal the decision.  To file an appeal, the student must write a letter to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and explain why an exception to the university's academic standards should be made. The latter should explain extenuating circumstances and include appropriate documentation (e.g. medical documents or letter from employer). 
Any appeal should be submitted through the TCOM program office but any decision about the appeal rests solely with the Provost's office.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificates are offered to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate advanced competence in an area of telecommunications. All graduate certificates in Telecommunications require 15 credit hours of advanced course work in he respective area of specialization.
Most students earn certificates as part of their MS in Telecommunications, however, it is possible to earn a graduate certificate without also pursuing a Master's degree.
Currently certificates in the following specialization areas are available:

Degree and Certificate Programs

The graduate degree programs in Telecommunications and their requirements are described in detail in another section of this site. This introduction to our programs provides an overview for prospective students.


Because the TCOM program is a graduate program, students are required to take and complete a full-time course load as follows:

  • Graduate students: 9 credits (graduate level) per semester
  • Graduate students with 20-hour per week internships/assistantships: 6 credits (graduate level) per semester

If a student changes his/her program, or/and address, s/he has to report it to the OIPS immediately and ask to update his/her I-20.

OIPS and You

The Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) provides guidance to international students and scholars studying and working at George Mason University in immigration, employment and taxation, assists with adjustment issues, and fosters cross-cultural understanding through programs highlighting global themes.  The OIPS oversees all visa issues for international students.  From admissions to graduation of the TCOM program and beyond (because of OPT and CPT programs), an international student will receive many instructions and guidance from the OIPS.  Please make sure

International Students

International students must maintain their visa “in status” while they are enrolled in the TCOM program at George Mason University.  The term "in status" means complying with the regulations governing your visa status.  Maintaining status is each student’s  responsibility. Carefully look at immigration documents and know what they represent and when they expire


Diplomas are ordered six to eight weeks after the conferral date and mailed to students.  You will receive an email from the Registrar's Office when your diploma has been ordered.  If you have any questions regarding diplomas for the MS in Telecommunications degree, please contact the Registrar office.

Graduation Conferral Process

We strongly encourage students to meet with an academic advisor during the semester prior to graduation.  Your “Plan of Study” follows your degree requirement and it will help ensure a smoother degree conferral process. If a student has any problems, the TCOM office and/or the Registrar office will notify him/her immediately.

Filing Intent of Graduation Form(GIF)

A student has to notify the university as to the dates of graduation.  A Graduation Intent Form (GIF) must be submitted, which is located on Patriot Web under the "Student Services" link and then the "Graduation Intent" link. 


Once a student has earned about 24 credit hours, s/he is only a few simple steps away from graduation. At this stage, s/he should meet again with her/his academic advisor to verify that s/he is on course to graduate. It is important that students bring their plan of study to this meeting. The TCOM office aims to be as proactive as possible about ensuring that students graduate on schedule and without unnecessary problems.