Program Description

This graduate certificate program in Wireless Communications is designed for those who are interested in gaining a broad understanding of the technologies, applications, and systems used in all forms of wireless communications. While most students earn the certificate as part of their master’s in Telecommunications program, it is possible to earn the certificate separately. Both early-career students and more experienced technical professionals will benefit from the knowledge and tools gained through this program.

What it costs

The cost is $695.00 per credit hour for VA state residents or $1,516.00 per credit hour for out of state students, plus a $35 per credit hour Distance Education fee. Education Resource, New Student, and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

Application Deadline

This program has an application deadline of March 15 for Fall and October 15 for Spring.

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Program Summary

80 Percent Online

Program: Wireless Communications

Degree: Graduate Certificate

College/School: Volgenau School of Engineering

Credits: 15 total

Who should apply?

This program is designed for those interested in gaining a broad understanding of the technologies, applications, and systems used in all forms of wireless communications. Students may earn the certificate as part of the hybrid online MS in Telecommunications program.

Why choose George Mason?

  • George Mason is ideally located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s high tech corridor, which allows for matured industry partnerships.
  • This program can be successfully completed on a part-time or full-time basis to fit with your schedule.
  • The majority of courses can be completed from anywhere you need to be – domestically or internationally.

Program requirements are subject to change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Requirements: 15 credits total

  • 9 credits core courses
  • 6 credits elective core courses

You can complete at least 80% of the courses in this program online. Most online courses are delivered synchronously and offerings vary by semester. Prerequisite courses or instructor permission may be required for some courses.

Core Courses

  • TCOM 552 Intro to Mobile Communications Systems | 3 credits
  • TCOM 551 Digital Communication Systems | 3 credits
  • 3 credits approved face-to-face course (TCOM 606, TCOM 607, TCOM 653, or TCOM 707)

Elective Courses (Choose Two)

  • TCOM 561 Security, Privacy, and Applied Cryptography for Telecommunications | 3 credits
  • TCOM 609 Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP) Routing | 3 credits
  • TCOM 610 Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Routing | 3 credits
  • TCOM 611 Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) | 3 credits
  • TCOM 660 Network Forensics | 3 credits
  • TCOM 661 Digital Media Forensics | 3 credits
  • TCOM 662 Advanced Secure Networking | 3 credits
  • CS 756 Performance Analysis of Computer Networks | 3 credits
  • INFS 612 Principles and Practices of Communication Networks | 3 credits

Only online course offerings are listed. Contact your program advisor for additional face-to-face elective options.

Tuition (2017-2018)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia Resident$695.00 plus fees
Non-Virginia Resident$1,516.00 plus fees
Distance Education Fee$35
Education Resource Fee$60 - $100 (per semester)

Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Additionally, your current employer may provide tuition reimbursement opportunities for graduate studies.

Career Opportunities

Traditionally hired to control and maintain power grids and communications for phone and cable companies, telecommunications engineers are seeing demand from potential employers rise with the spread of Wi-Fi, broadband, and other new technologies.

The recent popularity of cellular networks has spurred a great demand for telecommunications network engineers with expertise in wireless communications. Wireless communications have become a concentrated focus of both the private and government sector.

As a Mason student, you may contact Mason Career Services for more career information and counseling.

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Fax: (703) 993-6137
Email: tcom@gmu.edu
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All applicants should review Office of Graduate Admissions steps for How to Apply. For international applicants, see guidelines for International Graduate Requirements and English Proficiency Exams.

Prerequisites

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in any field of study from an accredited university or the equivalent from an international university
  • Maintain an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better (a lower GPA may be accepted if work experience in the field indicates ability to succeed in the program)

Application Materials*

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Goals statement describing your motivation for pursing this certificate and why you feel you are qualified for it
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Current resume

*Students who have already been admitted to the MS in Telecommunications program only need to submit a Graduate Secondary Certificate Program Application. Speak with your academic advisor before applying.

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the TCOM Office tcom@gmu.edu or 703-993-3810.