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Best Telecommunications Masters Programs: List of Schools

Learn about three leading engineering and communications schools that offer master's programs in telecommunications. Find out about the school rankings and program specializations that make these top schools stand out. View article »

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Telecommunications programs are highly interdisciplinary, combining such diverse fields as engineering, business, law, and communications. Many schools offer master's degree programs in the field. Top schools for master's degree programs in telecommunications include the University of Maryland - College Park, the University of Pittsburgh, and Boston University. Each of these schools was nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

University of Maryland

School Highlight: The telecommunications program at this university has gained accreditation from the Council of Graduate Schools.

At this university in College Park, MD, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Robert H. Smith School of Business jointly offer the Master's Program in Telecommunications. Available on a full- time or part-time basis, the 30-credit program features technical education plus instruction in management, regulations, and public policy. Specialty subject areas offered by the program include network security and entrepreneurship. The school was ranked #60 among national universities for 2017 per U.S. News & World Report.

University of Pittsburgh in PA

School Highlight: Students enrolled in this university's telecommunications program have the opportunity of working on projects with students in China.

The School of Information Sciences offers a Master of Science in Telecommunications. Students can choose from telecommunications systems, wireless systems and security, among others. The program can be completed in one year of full-time study or in up to four years of part-time study. Employers of past graduates include General Electric, Cisco Systems, and U.S. Steel. The school was ranked #68 among national universities by U.S. New & World Report for 2017.

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Boston University in MA

School Highlight: Student at BU can choose a dual degree or a concentration in telecommunications security.

At Boston University, students can earn a Master of Science in Telecommunication. A concentration in security is available, and students can also earn a dual degree in actuarial science or administrative studies. Within the M.S. in Telecommunication program, students take a core set of courses in computer networking, and they can take electives in topics such as biometrics, mobile forensics, and enterprise architecture. They can also choose between thesis and non-thesis options. For 2017, BU was ranked #39 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Top School Programs

These four schools also offer master's degree programs in telecommunications.

School Name Distinction Location
George Mason University The flexible structure of GMU's graduate telecommunications program allows students to design their own program to meet their own technical interests in the subject Fairfax, VA
Indiana University Students in a graduate telecommunications program choose their own advisory committee and perform research projects with faculty Bloomington, IN
Northeastern University Offers a multidisciplinary program, pulling courses from several other departments at the school to build the graduate program in telecommunications Boston, MA
University of Oklahoma The school was ranked #51 among all public universities in the country Norman, OK

For students who want to pursue high-level education in telecommunications, there are master's degree programs available at well-regarded universities around the United States.

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