In Georgia, college students can find telecommunications engineering technology and telecommunication electronics technology studies offered at the undergraduate level, through associate and diploma programs. Though less common, relevant programs are available at the undergraduate certificate as well as bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Courses may cover fiber optics, broadband cable installation, circuitry, networking systems and soldering technology. To successfully finish their program, students may be required to complete a telecommunications project. Below is an overview of various technical colleges and universities in Georgia offering telecommunications training, along with a comparison table that shows each school's tuition costs and program offerings.
Albany Technical College
Albany Technical College in Albany offers an associate degree in telecommunications engineering technology, along with a diploma program and certificate program in telecommunications technology. The associate degree program requires students to complete 67 credits in courses like circuit analysis, data communications, engineering technology, networking systems and communications transmission. The diploma program in convergent telecommunications technology requires students to complete 51 credits of coursework, which covers fiber optics transmission systems, hardware installation and digital transmission systems. The certificate program is designed for telecommunications cable workers and includes four courses totaling 16 credits.
Southern Crescent Technical College
Southern Crescent Technical College has an associate degree in electronics technology with a specialization in telecommunications electronics at its campus in Griffin. Occupational courses include alternating current circuits, solid state devices, linear integrated circuits and soldering technology. The telecommunication electronics concentration requires students to complete 18 credit hours of coursework in networking, telecommunications and data cabling, fiber optic systems and computer hardware.
University of Georgia
Located in Athens, the University of Georgia offers two relevant graduate programs through its Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication and PhD in Mass Communication programs allow research-oriented students to focus their studies in telecommunications. Students must have a bachelor's degree to enter the master's program and a master's degree to enter the PhD program. A degree in journalism or mass communications is not a requirement to enter the master's program, but students may need to complete foundational courses in the field before beginning their graduate studies.
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
This school's Ben Hill-Irwin Campus in Fitzgerald features a telecommunications and security technology diploma program designed for students who plan on installing and maintaining these systems. The program requires eight credits of general education courses and 48 credits of occupational coursework. Students can expect to take courses in broadband cable installation, fiber optics, communication platforms and security system installation/testing. The program also includes a telecommunications project that gives students some hands-on experience with creating a communications network.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Telecommunications Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Albany Technical College||Two-year, public; small city|| Telecommunication Cabling Specialist Certificate,
Convergent Telecommunications Technology Diploma,
Associate of Applied Science in Telecommunication Engineering Technology
|$2,652 in-state; $4,792 out-of-state*|
|Southern Crescent Technical College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Science in Electronics Technology - Telecommunications Electronics Technology||$4,122 in-state; $7,326 out-of-state*|
|University of Georgia||Four-year, public; midsize city|| Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication,
PhD in Mass Communication
|$10,750 in-state; $26,348 out-of-state*|
|Wiregrass Georgia Technical College||Two-year, public; small suburb||Telecommunications and Security Technology Diploma||$2,734 in-state; $4,870 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.