Frequently Asked Questions - Graduation
Most students find that they can handle 6 credit hours a semester without it having a serious impact on their professional careers. Taking six credit hours every fall and spring semester, but none in the summer session, means that it will be about 30 months from start to finish for the degree. Taking courses in the summer session speeds up the degree completion, but it is not recommended that students take more than one summer course per year.
All of the core courses are generally offered in the summer. If TCOM 500 is taken in the summer at the start of the MS in Telecommunications degree program, and a summer course is taken the following year, 30 credit hours can be achieved in two years (15 credit hours a year).
Independent Study courses allow students flexibility in which courses they take. (See example program plans elsewhere in the web site). Plans are in place to offer one or two Specialty Module courses in the summer, starting in 2003.
You need to have 30 credit hours to graduate, made up of 15 credit hours from the core program and 15 credit hours from the Specialty Modules. There are a total of 18 credit hours in the core course from which students must take 15 credit hours, as follows:
Mandatory core courses
TCOM 500 (3 credit hours)
TCOM 501/502 (1.5 credit hours each, for a total of 3 credit hours)
TCOM 521 (3 credit hours)
Two of the following three core courses
LAW 181 (3 credit hours)
PUBP 726 (formerly ITRN 701) (3 credit hours)
TELE 750 (3 credit hours).
Yes; students may carry six credits worth of grades below a B within their program from courses taken in the Specialty Modules and some of the core courses (LAW 181, PUBP 726, and TELE 750). However, an overall GPA of 3.0, calculated from the 30 credit hours of courses, must be earned to graduate with an MS in Telecommunications.
You may not carry a grade below B for TCOM 500, TCOM 501, TCOM 502, and TCOM 521. However, students may carry a C grade (or a C+, B- grade) for the other core courses, LAW 181, TELE 750, and/or PUBP 726. Note that a student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 through the program to graduate. If a student obtains a grade below a B in TCOM 500, 501, 502, and/or 521, they must retake that course to achieve a B grade, or better, to graduate.