Program Description

This program is designed for students who currently work in or wish to enter the field of telecommunications. Recent graduates and experienced professionals will benefit from the tools and knowledge gained through this program. Concentrating on practical applications rather than theoretical approaches, the curriculum blends cutting-edge, engineering-oriented courses in communication networks and protocols, network applications and security, and wireless and fiber-optic communications with courses in systems engineering, legal, and policy aspects of modern communications systems.

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 19 for Fall and October 19 for Spring.

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Program Summary

80 Percent Online

Program: Telecommunications

Degree: MS

College/School: Volgenau School of Engineering

Credits: 30 total

Who should apply?

The MS in Telecommunications is designed to be accessible for those with or without a technical background. Recent graduates as well as more experienced professionals will be empowered by the tools and knowledge gained in the 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.
  • All classes are taught by full-time faculty or highly qualified, experienced adjunct faculty. From among our highly experienced faculty, the program boasts a member of the Society of Satellite Professionals International Hall of Fame.
  • Students can pursue one of five graduate certificates as part of your degree program to demonstrate an area of specialization to employers, including the fully online Advanced Networking Protocols for Telecommunications or hybrid online Wireless Communications programs.
  • This curriculum is updated regularly to remain relevant to advances in the field.
  • Courses are conveniently offered in the late afternoon or evening, and a majority of courses can be completed from anywhere you need to be.
  • This degree program may also be completed as part of the Accelerated MS in Telecommunications in conjunction with four undergraduate degree programs: BS in Systems Engineering, BS in Information Technology, BS in Individualized Studies, and BS in Electrical Engineering. See the catalog for full details.

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

Requirements: 30 credits total

  • 9 credits core courses
  • 6 credits elective core courses
  • 15 credits emphasis courses

Prerequisite courses or instructor permission may be required for some courses in this program. Please speak with your academic advisor.

You can complete at least 80% of the courses in this program online. Most courses are delivered synchronously and offerings vary by semester.

Core Courses (9 credits)

  • TCOM 500 Modern Telecommunications | 3 credits
  • TCOM 521 Systems Engineering for Telecommunications Management | 3 credits (face-to-face only)
  • TCOM 530 Data Communications Fundamentals or TCOM 535 The TCP/IP Suite of Internet Protocols | 3 credits

You must receive prior permission to substitute TCOM 535 for TCOM 530.

Elective Core Courses (6 credits)

  • TCOM 590 Intellectual Property Strategies | 3 credits
  • 3 credits approved face-to-face course (PUBP 726, TCOM 514, TCOM 515, TCOM 547, or TCOM 750)

Emphasis Courses (15 credits)

Students must complete 15 credits from one of the following emphasis areas. Only online options are listed. Three of the four emphases can be completed entirely online. Contact your program advisor for additional emphasis course options that are available face-to-face.

Option 1: Network Technologies Emphasis
  • TCOM 535 The TCP/IP Suite of Internet Protocols | 3 credits (if not already taken for core)
  • 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 660 Network Forensics| 3 credits
  • TCOM 661 Digital Media Forensics | 3 credits
  • CS 756 Performance Analysis of Computer Networks | 3 credits
Option 2: Network Applications Emphasis
  • TCOM 535 The TCP/IP Suite of Internet Protocols | 3 credits (if not already taken for core)
  • 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 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
Option 3: Wireless Communications Emphasis
  • TCOM 552 Introduction to Mobile Communications Systems | 3 credits
  • TCOM 660 Network Forensics | 3 credits
  • 9 credits face-to-face courses approved by program advisor
Option 4: Systems Engineering of Telecommunications
  • TCOM 561 Security, Privacy, and Applied Cryptography for Telecommunications | 3 credits
  • SYST 510 Systems Definition and Cost Modeling | 3 credits
  • SYST 513 Total Systems Engineering, Reengineering, and Enterprise Integration | 3 credits
  • SYST 520 Systems Engineering Design | 3 credits
  • SYST 542 Decision Support Systems Engineering | 3 credits
  • INFS 612 Principles and Practices of Communication Networks | 3 credits
  • INFS 614 Database Management | 3 credits

Note that only two SYST courses can be taken for credit.

Tuition (2017-2018)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia Resident$695.00 plus fees
Non-Virginia Resident$1516.00 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

Graduates from this program are highly qualified as network engineers and administrators. Many have been offered positions at world-class institutions including:

  • SWIFT
  • US Census Bureau
  • Department of Commerce
  • SAIC
  • Peace Corps
  • Sprint Communications
  • NIH
  • Raytheon

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

USEFUL RESOURCES 
Program ContactTelecommunications (TCOM) Office
Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE)
Phone: (703) 993-3810
Fax: (703) 993-6137
Email: tcom@gmu.edu
Program Websitehttp://telecom.gmu.edu/books/
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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
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current resume

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