Telecommunications Technology (Master's)
This master's concentration focuses on the key technologies that are at the center of today's rapid innovation in wireless networks and services. Wireless telecommunications networks are studied with an emphasis on the challenges and the approaches to deal with the immense explosion in wireless data traffic from devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and connected laptops, as well as broadband services like VOIP and mobile video. The wireless telecom industry is studied from standards, carrier, technology, and business perspectives. Beyond technology, you will also learn to apply project management best practices to meet the typical challenges faced by managers in today's fast-paced, complex and highly competitive global telecom industry. You’ll learn how to:
- Analyze and design network solutions
- Analyze the "triple play" convergence of voice, video, and data over wireless networks
- Evaluate and apply best practices in network security
- Create plans to manage global telecommunications projects
- Evaluate next generation wireless networks and services
You’ll gain a practical knowledge of the leading standards and protocols, as well as the next generation all-IP technologies for network security, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things.
MS in Information And Communications Technology with a concentration in Telecommunications Technology requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 16 qtr. hrs
Core 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. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- ICT 4000 - ICT Business Foundations
- ICT 4005 - ICT Technical Foundations
- ICT 4010 - Enterprise Architecture
- ICT 4901 - Capstone Project
- ICT 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- ICT 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
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.
- ICT 4800 - Network Communications & the Internet
- ICT 4830 - Broadband Wireless Networks
- ICT 4840 - Next Generation Wireless Networks and Services
- ICT 4845 - Network Security with Lab
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Information And Communications Technology programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
After you submit your academic plan, your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Information And Communications Technology programs include:
- ICT 4015 - Managing Technology For Strategic Value
- ICT 4020 - Business Forecasting and Planning
- ICT 4045 - Information Technology Service Assurance
- ICT 4100 - Principles of Project Management
- ICT 4155 - Strategic Alliances in the Technology Sector
- ICT 4400 - Database Administration
- ICT 4405 - Database Design & Programming
- ICT 4410 - Data Warehousing Design
- GIS 4520 - GIS in Telecommunications
- ICT 4610 - TCP/IP Networks
- ICT 4685 - Cloud and Internet Law
- ICT 4815 - Managing Global Telecommunications Projects
- ICT 4835 - Advanced Network Technologies
- ICT 4300 - Web Enabled Information Systems
- ICT 4305 - Object-Oriented Methods
- ICT 4415 - Database Backup and Recovery with Lab
- ICT 4461 - SQL Server with Lab
- ICT 4462 - Transact-SQL Programming
- ICT 4485 - NoSQL Databases
- ICT 4505 - Website Design and Management
- ICT 4540 - XML & Data in Application Development
- ICT 4605 - IS Security Principles
- ICT 4680 - Principles of Cryptography
- ICT 4695 - Application Security
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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.
Monster.com predicts the IT job market will include more opportunities for telecommunications professionals, with hiring more aggressive than in recent years. According to Delottie, the telecommunications sector will continue to grow as mobile devices and related broadband connectivity continues to be more embedded.
Careers In Information and Communications Technology
YOU are in high demand!
YOU are in high demand! One of the fastest growth rates among all occupations in the U.S., computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12% through 2024. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median annual wage for computer and information technology professionals was $81,430 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage of $36,200 for all occupations. 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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