Information Technology Master's Degree with Telecommunications Management Specialization

Advance your IT career in a master’s degree program in information technology with a telecommunications management specialization that combines business savvy and technical skills essential for managing telecommunication systems

The telecommunications management specialization is designed to provide you not only with technical knowledge and understanding of the structure and environment of the telecommunications industry but also with critical management concepts, such as strategic planning, financial management, and quality improvement.

Courses in the telecommunications management specialization cover telecommunications networks, satellite communication systems, network management and design, wireless telecommunication systems, and more. The specialization includes instruction on network technologies, network design, satellite communications, wireless telecommunications, mobile cloud, and other job-relevant topics.

About the Telecommunications Management Specialization

The telecommunications management specialization features guest speakers from telecommunications industries and projects sponsored by real clients, so you’ll build telecommunications management skills you can apply immediately in the workplace.

What You’ll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Manage networks using strategies for network planning, implementation, management, and security
  • Manage the schedule of a complex telecommunications project, including conflicts that arise
  • Speak fluently about the market trends, regulations, and standards in telecommunications
  • Become fluent in cellular communication principles, coding, antenna and propagation effects, channel access schemes, traffic engineering, and wireless network design
  • Apply knowledge in computer systems architecture
  • Manage the schedule of a complex project on time and within budget, solving conflicts as they arise
  • Analyze, design, and implement information systems
  • Plan projects, build teams, and create and modify effective control mechanisms

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Craft a global Cisco strategy for the Washington, D.C., Metrorail system
  • Analyze Cisco productivity returns, cost savings, and green implications of virtualization technologies in government
  • Build a business case for Cisco for delivering IPv6 connectivity and services to the consumer market
  • Build a business case and conduct market research on network/WAN management tools for GTSI
  • Assess the information security of a non-LAN network for GTSI and make recommendations
  • Create a smart grid for Maravedis with a new utility and new carrier
  • Work on an unmanned aerial systems maintenance certification process for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Analyze mobile object technology for the FAA’s SWIM Team
  • Perform an FAA SWIM cloud suitability assessment
  • Conduct a survey for the National Institute of Standards and Technology on commercial AC products to see how those products support NIST SP 800-162
  • Analyze standards or schemes (such as XACML and SMAL) for their capabilities to support enterprise ABAC implementation
  • Create complex AC policies to test ACPT functions for the ABAC model

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams:

Telecommunications Management Requirements

Specialization Courses

  • ITEC 610 must be taken in the first term of coursework
  • You must complete 6 credits of core coursework before beginning specialization coursework.
  • Specialization courses must be taken in the order listed.
  • ITEC 626 should be taken before any specialization courses.
  • You must complete 27 credits of program coursework before taking TLMN 670; availability of the capstone course is provided online at

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you prepare for work in network architecture design and management in areas such as telecommunications/sensor networks, satellite communication systems, and optical and wireless telecommunication systems.