Telecommunications technology programs are available at the associate's, bachelor's and master's degree levels. Students can enroll in programs at public and private colleges and universities around the country.
10 Schools with Telecom Technology Programs
These schools offer telecom technology programs at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Northeastern University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private||Master's||$22,061|
|University of Nebraska - Lincoln||Lincoln. NE||4-year, Public||Master's||$8,556 in-state, $21,510 out-of-state|
|St. John's University - New York||queens, NY||4-year, Private||Associate's, Bachelor's||$38,630 (2016-2017)|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Rochester, NY||4-year, Private||Master's||$40,426|
|CUNY New York City College of Technology||Brooklyn, NY||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||$6,669 in-state, $13,779 out-of-state|
|Pace University - New York||New York, NY||4-year, Private||Master's||$29,070|
|University of Denver||Denver, CO||4-year, Private||Master's||$43,458|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's||$2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state|
|Massasoit Community College||Brockton, MA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,488 in-state, $9,432 out-of-state|
|North Seattle College||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||Associate's||$4,458 in-state, $9,693 out-of-state|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics and school websites
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for telecom technology schools:
- Associate's degree programs provide the education necessary for telecommunications technicians, while higher level programs include more advanced coursework in systems design and development. Students can choose between programs based on their interests within the field.
- When considering programs that include telecommunications research, it is important for students to find a school with faculty members with whom they share research interests in the field.
- Prospective students may want to find out about the school's lab facilities, in order to ensure that they gain experience with the latest computer hardware and software applications.
- It can be helpful to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on voluntary professional certification exams, such as those offered by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate's degree programs in telecommunications technology provide an introduction to the field and prepare students for work as technicians. Students take foundational coursework in electronics and computer science, they learn to install and maintain communications networks. In addition, they must fulfill general education requirements.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Telecommunications Engineering programs combine studies in electrical engineering and computer science to prepare students for careers in the design and development of telecommunications networks. Students may have the chance to get hands-on training through internships and cooperative educational experiences at information technology companies. Although most programs take four years to complete, there are also accelerated programs that allow students to complete a BS and MS within five years.
Master's Degree Programs
Master's degree programs are available for trained IT professionals who want to take advanced courses in telecommunications engineering in order to advance to leadership positions in the field. Students take graduate-level courses in topics such as wireless infrastructure, network design and fiber optics, and they must submit a thesis or capstone project prior to graduation. These programs typically take two years of full-time study to complete.
Telecom technology programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels. Prospective students should look for schools that offer training that is consistent with their career aspirations.