Master's degree programs in network or communications management are available fully online. They emphasize such concepts as programming, telecommunications and leadership and can lead to jobs in computer and information systems management, network engineering and information security.
Programs generally result in a Master of Science, and concentration areas include telecommunication and network management, information technology/network management or network engineering and management. A residency may be required.
A bachelor's degree is necessary to enroll, and students who studied non-related fields as undergraduates will need to complete various preparation or prerequisite courses.
Some programs require a capstone project. Other online schools require an in-person residency. Students can take courses in information security, e-commerce technologies, data management and information systems analysis.
Students can learn online through a course management system, video-based lectures, web tutorials, e-mail and discussion groups. Students generally complete a core curriculum, plus a series of electives.
Master's degree programs in network management or communications management deal with courses involving network technologies, data systems, information security and management. Following that, a series of electives or an advanced cluster of coursework is required.
Students taking a course on information security explore concepts related to network infrastructure security, firewalls and ethical issues related to information security. Courses on this topic can range from introductory to advanced levels.
Management Principles for Network Management
Courses in management concepts from a general perspective are part of a typical master's degree program in this area. They cover the cost strategies used to guide information technology (IT) projects, as well as going into concepts related to risk assessment and leadership in IT environments.
Data Systems and Computer Networks
Courses in this area deal with the ways in which networks are architected. IP addresses, routing algorithms and network protocol organization are covered in this type of class.
Network/Communications Management Capstone
In a final course, students blend the technical and managerial sides of the field in an applied final project. Cost-benefit analysis, network architecture, network management strategy and security design are among the knowledge areas applied.
Career Information for Graduates
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that salary and job potential for computer and information systems managers would increase at a rate of 15% from 2014 to 2024, and it found that the median salary was about $131,600 as of May 2015. Though it is possible to obtain such a job with just a bachelor's degree, having an advanced degree can give candidates more employability potential. Aside from the educational requirements, a few years' experience in an IT-related position may also be necessary (www.bls.gov).
Students in online network and communications management master's programs receive a thorough education in data systems, information security and relevant technologies. Though coursework is available completely online, students may have to complete a residency in person.