Telecommunications Courses in New York City with Degree Summaries

Feb 20, 2019

New York City has five colleges within 15 miles of the downtown that offer telecommunications programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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New York City Schools with Telecommunications Training Programs

Telecommunications courses involve the development, maintenance and repair of the networks that support long-range voice and data communications. These can include traditional systems, such as telephones, or modern systems, such as Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) services. In New York City, students can find telecommunications training at a private university, public school of technology and community college, including two associated with the City University of New York (CUNY). Read about the program options in the paragraphs below, and get an overview of the schools through the accompanying comparison table. And don't forget to check out the section at the bottom of the article about other training options in the extended New York City area.

  • Pace University, located less than three miles from the center of New York City, offers certificates, undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in telecommunications or information technology.
  • CUNY New York City College of Technology, located about four miles from the city's center, has associate's and bachelor's degree programs in telecommunications engineering technology.
  • CUNY Queensborough Community College, a Queens school about 12.5 miles from downtown Manhattan, offers an associate's degree program in telecommunications technology.

Comparison of Schools

Use this table to determine how much you'll have to spend to earn a certificate or a degree in telecommunications. Check out the acceptance rates, as well as the percentages of students who receive financial assistance, graduate or transfer out.

Pace University CUNY New York City College of Technology CUNY Queensborough Community College
School Type Four-year, private not-for-profit* Four-year, primarily associate's, public* Two-year, public*
Total Enrollment (2017) 12,986 (8,674 undergraduates)* 17,279 undergraduates* 15,400 undergraduates*
Campus Setting Large city* Large city* Large city*
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $43,986* $6,920 in-state,
$14,310 out-of-state*
$5,210 in-state,
$8,090 out-of-state*
% of New, Full-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 95%* 82%* 78%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 80%* 77%* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 80% full-time,
81% part-time*
78% full-time,
60% part-time*
67% full-time,
49% part-time*
Graduation Rate 54% overall, 32% transfer-out
(for students who began their studies in Fall 2011)*
18% overall,
40% transfer-out (for students who began their studies in Fall 2011)*
23% overall,
21% transfer-out (for students who began their studies in Fall 2014)*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

Pace University

A part of New York City for over 100 years, the not-for-profit Pace University educates more than 12,500 students each year in a variety of specialties. Founded in 1983, the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems counts itself among the oldest knowledge-based teaching institutions in the tri-state area. The Seidenberg School is home to numerous programs, including those in telecommunications.

Introduction to Telecommunication Certificate

This four-class program prepares students for entry-level jobs in the telecommunications field. In addition to telecommunications, students are trained in technical math, computer applications and electrical circuits. These courses also apply towards an associate's degree program at Pace.

Telecommunication Essentials Certificate

Unlike the introductory telecommunications program, the essentials curriculum focuses solely on technical topics. Three required courses cover topics in global telecommunications, computer hardware and signal transmission methods in telecommunication systems. This certificate can be applied towards the associate's program in telecommunications.

Associate of Science in Applied Information Technology - Telecommunications

This associate's degree program combines many of the courses found in Pace's certificate-level program with a general education core and four credits of electives. Electives vary from technical topics to historical literature. The associate's program also provides a fourth installment of a telecommunications course not found in the certificate program; this course explores computer security.

Bachelor of Science in Professional Technology Studies, Telecommunications Concentration

This program is designed primarily for people already employed in the telecommunications industry who wish to earn a bachelor's degree for advancement. Students must have already earned 60-64 credits from an accredited institution prior to enrolling in this program. This program works to enhance student understanding of both technical and managerial skills.

Master of Science in Telecommunication Systems and Networks

This two-year graduate program takes place entirely on campus. Topics include data communications, network security and even wireless systems. Students may also explore elective courses in network programming, distributed information systems and more.

CUNY New York City College of Technology

New York City College of Technology, or City Tech, was founded in 1946 and today offers more than 50 associate's- and baccalaureate-level programs. The Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering Technology (ETET) department is one of the largest and oldest departments in the school. Both the Technology Accreditation Commission and ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology) accredit programs within the ETET department.

Associate of Applied Science in Telecommunications Engineering Technology

Students enrolling in the associate's program can expect to learn how to install, maintain and test various telecommunications media. Graduates have gone on to work as PBX, fiber optic and other types of technicians. This program is also a partner with Verizon's 'Next Step' program, which offers a customized version of City Tech's telecommunications curriculum. The Next Step program is open only to Verizon employees.

Bachelor of Technology in Telecommunications Engineering Technology

City Tech designed this program as a direct continuation of its associate's degree curriculum. Students accepted as freshmen into the bachelor's degree program will first follow the same course schedule as that for the associate's degree. The latter half of the program then includes additional advanced courses on computer systems, satellite transmission, traffic control, advanced telecommunications and more.

CUNY Queensborough Community College

Located in Queens, New York, this 37-acre campus is housed in one of the most diverse counties in the entire U.S. More than 15,000 students partake annually in the school's primarily associate's-level programs, which include programs accredited by ABET.

Associate of Applied Science in Telecommunications Technology

This 64-credit program prepares students for careers repairing, maintaining and establishing telecommunications networks. Students can take supplemental courses on computer applications, electrical circuit analysis, computer programming and more. A two-part course in network fundamentals and a digital computer theory course are also included.

Other Schools

A four-year school with a relevant program is St. John's University - New York, which is about 11 miles away from downtown New York City.

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