School and Ranking Information
The are roughly 10 schools in the Washington, DC, area offering networking and telecommunications programs, including community colleges, public universities and private for-profit institutions. Based on relevant degree options, school rankings and research opportunities, the following school is considered one of the top choices for networking and telecommunications training:
- Winner: University of Maryland - College Park is a public institution located in nearby College Park, Maryland. In addition to a master's degree in telecommunications, the school offers closely related computer science programs at the bachelor's and master's degree levels.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Maryland - College Park|
|Rankings|| #20 (tied) for Top Public Schools (2015)*
#62 (tied) for National Universities (2015)*
|Location||College Park, MD|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||$9,427 (in-state); $29,720 (out-of-state)*|
|Telecommunication and Computer Science Degrees Offered||Bachelor's (computer science), Master's (telecommunications and computer science)|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||84%**|
|Noteworthy||Students have access to the Association of Women in Computing, Cyber-security Club and Mobile Development Club|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator
University of Maryland - College Park
- Researching opportunities in various networking topics
- Students can attend professional events, such as tech talks and career/internship fairs
- Telecommunications faculty has considerable industry experience
University of Maryland - College Park is home to over 26,000 students as of 2015, and has a suburban setting. It's the flagship school of the University of Maryland System.
Students who already hold a bachelor's degree can pursue a master's degree in telecommunications on a full-time or part-time basis. Most courses are taken during the evening and cover topics such as network protocols, telecommunications marketing management, wireless communication and project management in telecommunications. Students can also complete an entrepreneurial practicum to gain hands-on experience.
Though University of Maryland - College Park doesn't offer a bachelor's degree in networking and telecommunications, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, which includes some related coursework. Topics include network security, computer architecture and computer networks. Students in this program can also specialize in cybersecurity. A master's program in computer science is also available, and students who can demonstrate exceptional academic aptitude may pursue a joint bachelor's/master's degree in computer science.