The curriculum for the Master of Science in Telecommunications can be broadly divided into two componenets. The core curriculum provides both a broad and solid base of knowledge as well as exposure to essential interdisciplinary topics. The second half of the curriculum is devoted to gaining knowledge and experience in an advanced area of telecommunications. This component is designed to provide students the opportunity to pursue an area of specialization with the broad field of telecommunications. The areas of specialization covered by the program follow largely the areas covered by the graduate certificated we offer. 

The core curriculum can be further divided into the mandatory core and the elective core. The mandatory core provides little flexibility and ensures that all our graduates have a solid foundation. The mandatory courses requires that students successfully complete the following courses:

  • TCOM 500: Modern Telecommunications (3 cr. hrs.)
  • TCOM 521: Systems Engineeering for Telecommunications Management (3 cr. hrs.)
  • TCOM 530: Data Communications Fundamentals (3 cr. hrs.) or TCOM 535 The TCP/IP Suit of INternet Protocols (3 cr. hrs.)

The decision if a student takes the sequence of TCOM 530 or TCOM 535 depends on the student’prior exposure and experience in the area of data networking and is made in consultation with the advisor. The elective core component aims to ensure that students have a broad set of skills to succeed as professionals in the Telecommunications fields. This component by be satisfied through a combination of courses that provide practical hand-on experience, exposure to legal, business, management, or policy aspects of telecommunications. To satisfy the elective core component, students must take two courses from a list of 3-credit courses that includes:

  •  TCOM 514: Basic Switching: Lecure and Laboratory Course or TCOM 515 Internet Protocol Routing Lecture and Laboratory Course
  • TCOM 547: Project Management in Telecommunications
  • TCOM 750: Coordinating Seminar
  • PUBP 726: Telecommunications Policy and International Strategies

In most semesters, other courses are available that can be applied to satisfy the elective core requirement. Your advisor will be able to let you know of such courses.

A minimum of 15 credits is required. Students usually take 15 credits from at least two of the four emphasis areas, or they may elect to take all 15 credits from the systems engineering of telecommunications area (Emphasis 4). Courses listed below for other graduate programs in the Volgenau School listed can be taken for credit in this program if the student has the appropiate prerequisites:

Emphasis 1, Network Technologies

  • TCOM 515 Internet Protocol Routing: Lecture and Laboratory Course
  • TCOM 535 The TCP/IP Suite of Internet Protocols
  • TCOM 551 Digital Communication Systems
  • TCOM 561 Security, Privacy, and Applied Cryptography for Telecommunications
  • TCOM 562 Network Security Fundamentals
  • TCOM 608 Optical Communications Systems
  • TCOM 609 Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP) Routing 
  • TCOM 610 Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Routing
  • TCOM 614 Advanced Routing Lab
  • TCOM 616 Scalable Network Architecture
  • TCOM 617 Enterprise Network Architecture
  • TCOM 631 Voice Over IP
  • TCOM 660 Network Forensics
  • TCOM 661 Digital Media Forensics
  • TCOM 663 Operations of Intrusion Detection for Forensics
  • TCOM 664 Incident Response Forensics
  • ECE 542 Computer Network Architectures and Protocols
  • ECE 565 Introduction to Optical Electronics
  • ECE 642 Design and Analysis of Computer Communication Networks
  • ECE 643 Network Switching and Routing Operating Systems
  • CS 571 Operating systems
  • CS 756 Performance Analysis of Computer Networks

Emphasis 2, Network Applications

  • TCOM 515 Internet Protocol Routing: Lecture and Laboratory Course
  • TCOM 535 The TCP/IP Suite of Internet Protocols
  • TCOM 561 Security, Privacy, and Applied Cryptography for Telecommunications
  • TCOM 562 Network Security Fundamentals
  • TCOM 608 Optical Communications Systems
  • TCOM 609 Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP) Routing 
  • TCOM 610 Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Routing
  • TCOM 611 Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • TCOM 614 Advanced Routing Lab
  • TCOM 616 Scalable Network Architecture
  • TCOM 617 Enterprise Network Architecture
  • TCOM 631 Voice Over IP
  • TCOM 660 Network Forensics
  • TCOM 662 Advanced Secure Networking
  • TCOM 663 Operations of Intrusion Detection for Forensics
  • TCOM 664 Incident Response Forensics
  • ECE 646 Applied Cryptography 
  • CS 756 Performance Analysis of Computer Networks
  • INFS 612 Principles and Practices of Communication Networks
  • INFS 640 Introduction to Electronics Commerce

Emphasis 3, Wireless Communications

  • TCOM 551 Digital Communication Systems
  • TCOM 552 Introduction to Mobile Communications Systems
  • TCOM 562 Network Security Fundamentals
  • TCOM 606 Advanced Mobile Communications Systems
  • TCOM 607 Satellite Communications
  • TCOM 653 Global Positioning System (GPS) 
  • TCOM 660 Network Forensics
  • ECE 732 Mobile Communication Systems
  • ECE 741 Wireless Networks

Emphasis 4, Systems Engineering of Telecommunications

This area of emphasis can be taken as one of two emphases or as one 152-credit emphasis. No more than two SYST courses can be taken within this area.

  • TCOM 547 Project Management in Telecommunications
  • TCOM 561 Security, Provacy, and Applied Cryptography for Telecommunications
  • SYST 510 Systems Definition and Cost Modeling
  • SYST 513 Total Systems Engineering, Reengineering and Enterprise Integration. 
  • SYST 542 Decision Support Systems Engineering 
  • INFS 612 Principles and Practices of Communication Networks
  • INFS 640 Introduction to Electronic Commerce
  • ITRN 772 International Telecommunications

PhD Degree Program

Information Technology (INFT) is a multidisciplinary PhD program that spans all of the research areas available within the School of Engineering, as well as collaboration with faculty across the campus.  The Information Technology PhD program emphasizes the particular aspects of technology located in the Northern Virginia Technology Corridor and around the globe.  The relevance of the INFT doctoral program has grown significantly as the world has become more dependent on the effective use of information. Our focus on the science, engineering, and technology of information processing complements and enhances traditional approaches to engineering that are more strongly based on the physical and material sciences.  The Information Technology PhD program is broad, and can be customized to support individual research interests.  Students are encouraged to enter into an established concentration to provide focus to their program.

Concentrations:

  • Digital Forensics (CFRS)
  • Information Science and Technology (ISTC)
  • Information Security and Assurance (ISA)
  • Information Systems (ISYS)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  • Software Engineering (SWE)