Frequently Asked Questions - Modules
This procedure allows students to maximize the flexibility in their Specialty Module course selection. With only 15 credit hours available in the Specialty Modules, the ability to "carry forward" TCOM 501/502 into modules 1, 2, or 3 and TCOM 521 into modules 4 or 5 allows students to satisfy the minimum requirements in the Specialty Modules (i.e. 6 credit hours) and take elective courses from other modules.
You should try to develop a Specialty Module course plan that meets with your interests and those of your employer, or potential employer. To this end, we have created five Certificate Programs, which were approved on September 12th, 2001. If you would like to include a Certificate program as part of your degree program, the five Certificates are as follows:
1. Certificate in Network Technologies and Applications
2. Certificate in Wireless Communications
3. Certificate in Telecommunications Systems Modeling
Yes. The intent of the program is to offer the maximum flexibility to students so that they can take those courses that interest them the most and which will help them advance their careers.
No. The Specialty Modules are designed to provide depth to your master's degree in one or two of the Specialties. A student must earn at least 6 credits from each of two modules. E.G., a minimum of 6 credit hours in Specialty Module 1 (Network technologies) and a minimum of 6 credit hours in Specialty Module 3 (Wireless Communications). Alternatively, a student might elect to take all 15 credit hours in module 5.
Yes. The program is flexible (please see the next question below). However, it is always advisable that you discuss your plan of study with an advisor before signing up for any courses. The program is continually being updated to reflect the needs of the field and the requirements of the students. Specific exemptions, transfer of courses, and/or requests should be filed with the Program Director for consideration.
No; in fact, you will most likely be prevented from doing this due to the pre-requisites for a couple of the core courses. LAW 181 requires a student to be in regular status before they can register for this course. TELE 750 requires students to have completed 18 credits before they register for that course. Most students, however, start by taking TCOM 500 and TCOM 501/502 and then mix and match between the Specialty Modules and the core courses.
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.