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Telecommunications Technology (Master's)

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The Telecommunications Technology master's degree concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Become a proficient, technical leader within the information and communications technology field through a Telecommunications Technology master's degree concentration. Learn how to evaluate emerging telecommunications technologies, wireless networks and services, and the convergence of voice, data, and multimedia services on the global IP network.

Students will learn how to assess and analyze telecommunications technologies, plus gain vital skills necessary to design, develop, and implement telecommunications systems such as wireless networks. The program emphasizes the challenges and approaches to deal with the immense wireless data traffic explosion from devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and connected laptops, as well as broadband services like VOIP and mobile video. The dominant wireless telecom technologies and protocols are presented, including OFDM, MIMO, mobile IP, WIMAX, LTE, and WPANs. The "triple play" convergence of voice, video, and data over wireless networks is analyzed. The wireless telecom industry is studied from standards, carrier, and technology perspectives.

In addition to IT fundamentals, students will also develop essential strategic business and problem−solving skills that will help them thrive in any organization by creating effective alliances throughout the technology sector. Set in the context of today's convergence from the traditional telco/telephony world to next generation all−IP networks brought about by the Internet revolution, the program addresses such topics as managing across borders, cultures, time zones, and continents and explores managing conflicts of interest between carriers and over−the−top (OTT) players such as Apple, Google/Android and Skype.

With the right technical skills, combined with a strategic perspective regarding critical business needs, your telecommunications master's degree will prepare you to meet current industry demands, and position you to meet the demands of tomorrow. Customize your Information and Communications Technology master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.

This degree prepares students to:

  • Become proficient in the technical specifications of multiple telecommunications technologies

  • Evaluate alternative technologies for the fulfillment of communications needs

  • Assess current and emerging telecommunications technologies

  • Prepare for a future in which telecommunications, data transfer, and digital entertainment converge

  • Plan and evaluate the effectiveness of an enterprise network

Information and Communications Technology Outcomes

This program prepares students to:

  • Assess current and emerging technologies in such areas as mobile applications, wireless networks, and cloud computing
  • Define an enterprise architecture including hardware, software, databases, and communications networks and protocols
  • Evaluate, select, and apply software design and development methodologies that incorporate software development, acquisition, and/or re-use
  • Identify the operational and economic impact of system architecture and software applications in areas such as computer processing, data communications, network design, and software maintenance and support
  • Apply best project management practices
  • Apply good design processes and methods to develop production-quality systems
  • Plan and evaluate, select, and apply appropriate systems and software quality assurance methods and tools
  • Lead and coach others in the development of systems and software components
  • Communicate effectively with technical peers, management, customers, and end-users
  • Identify best practices in information assurance

Required Courses

MAS in Information And Communications Technology with a concentration in Telecommunications Technology requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

Professional Foundation Courses - 12 qtr. hrs

Professional Foundations courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field.

Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

Further Study - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)

Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.

Core Courses - 8 qtr. hrs

The Graduate Research and Writing and Capstone Project courses are required for all master's degree students. The Graduate Research and Writing course prepares students for the writing and research assignments throughout their program, including the capstone project. The Capstone Project is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.

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Careers in Telecommunications Technology

Chief Technology Officer, IT Manager, Telecommunications Officer, Telecommunications Marketing Manager, Specialist, Telecommunications Engineer, Consultant.

Advising, management, research, design and implementation, technical support, collaboration, configuration, installation, assessment.

Outlook predicts the IT job market will include more opportunities for telecommunications professionals, with hiring more aggressive than in recent years. During the recession, the field of telecommunications was in decline, but to gear up for a tech-job resurgence it’s essential to have a firm grasp on other IT fields, their impact on telecommunications, and an up-to-date repertoire of technical know-how, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Careers In Information and Communications Technology

YOU are in high demand!
One of the fastest growth rates among all occupations in the US, computer scientist and database administrator job openings are expected to grow 53% in the next ten years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the ICT career outlook is incredibly positive, with a 28% employment increase expected within the field. Whether you choose a career at a government agency, large corporation, or small organization, ICT professionals are in high demand—particularly if you have job experience and relevant education in information and communication technology under your belt.

ICT makes the grade.
The best jobs are in IT, according to U.S. News and World Report. From Information Technology Manager to Database Administrator, Software Developer to Web Developer, these jobs crack the top 10 careers on the U.S. News and World Report list of top 100 best jobs, as there is an explosive demand in the IT field. A master's degree is preferred for most positions, according to U.S. News and World Report, which also predicts that a focus on mobile application development will help professionals beat the competition.

Where are they now?
Alumni from University College who graduated with a master's degree in information and communication technology hold job titles such as Systems Administrator, Project Manager, Network Engineer, Managing Consultant, Network Architect, Lead IT Analyst, Data Engineer, and CEO in companies and organizations such as Pratt & Whitney, Ironware Technologies, iBoss Security, PayPal, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Vanguard Communication, CenturyLink, Advanced Program Group, Level 3, Verizon Wireless, IBM, IntelliDyne, Cisco Systems, Chevron, Time Warner, Harland Financial Solutions, and the United States Air Force.

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