Top Telecommunications Graduate Program

Learn about the top schools for studying telecommunications at the graduate level. Find out about the schools, locations, programs and rankings to make the right education decision.

Graduate telecommunications programs are typically found at the master's degree level. These programs offer a variety of specializations and can be found at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

School Overviews

Graduate-level programs for telecommunications typically fall into the categories of engineering, management or computer systems networking. Programs differ as to whether they take a technical focus, a management focus or a combination. The Master of Science degree programs at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and Boston University are described below. These three schools offer quality training that has earned them recognition from U.S. News & World Report for 2017. A list of other telecommunications graduate programs is also provided.

University of Maryland in College Park

School Highlight: New courses are added to this degree program almost every year, and instructors have experience in the telecommunications industry.

The University of Maryland was ranked a top school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2017 for both its graduate-level electrical/electronics/communications engineering programs and its computer engineering programs. Interested graduate students can pursue a Master of Science in Telecommunications, offered jointly by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Specialized track options include business and management, information systems security, and wireless communications.

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland

School Highlight: The graduate program in Johns Hopkins' electrical and computer engineering program may be taken on campus, online, or both on campus and online, depending upon an individual student's needs.

The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering was also ranked a top school in the nation for 2017 for both its communications engineering and computer engineering graduate degrees. Computer science and electrical engineering graduate students can select an option for telecommunications and networking. The telecommunications option, which leads to a master's degree or graduate certificate, includes courses in network programming, communication systems engineering, digital systems processing and information theory.

Boston University in Boston, MA

School Highlight: The M.S. in Telecommunications from BU pulls together computer science, management, engineering and legal elements of telecommunications; students may also choose a concentration in security.

Boston University is another school that made the U.S. News & World Report list of top graduate-level electrical/electronics/communications engineering programs and its computer engineering programs for 2017. This university offers an MS in Telecommunications. Students also have the option of completing a dual degree program in actuarial science or administrative studies. These programs provide students with training in both computer networking, engineering and administration.

Top Telecommunications Graduate Programs

The colleges and universities in this section also provide quality training in telecommunication, noted by their high ranks among top schools or unique programs.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, is ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of Best Engineering Schools, and the undergraduate electronics/communications engineering program was also ranked #1.
  • The MS in Telecommunications Systems Management at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, is offered through the College of Engineering and can include a cooperative plan of education (co-op) experience.
  • Admission to the Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, is open to students with technical or non-technical undergraduate degrees.
  • Seven of the 10 courses in the MS in Telecommunications program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, are electives, giving SMU students flexibility to tailor the degree toward specializations such as basic telecommunications, wireless networks or network design.
  • Syracuse University's School of Information Studies in Syracuse, NY, offers a Master of Science in Telecommunications and Network Management.
  • At the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, the MS in Telecommunications Engineering program is offered by the Peter Kiewit Institute of Information Science, Technology, and Engineering (PKI) in Omaha, where students have access to optical, wireless, and telecommunications labs.
  • The School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA, offers an MA, a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) and a Ph.D. in Telecommunications and Networking.

Students interested in pursuing a master's degree in telecommunications may find programs at a number of schools across the nation. Here, we only list a few of the best, that have something exceptional to offer.

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