Advance your IT career in the 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 Master of Science in information technology with a telecommunications management specialization at University of Maryland Global Campus is designed to provide you with not only technical knowledge and understanding of the structure and environment of the telecommunications industry but also 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.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Information Technology Master's Degree with Telecommunications Management Specialization

The master's degree in information technology with a 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 advanced 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., Metro rail 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
  • Analyze mobile object technology for 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

Information Technology Master's Degree with Telecommunications Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • ITEC 610
  • ITEC 625
  • ITEC 626
  • ITEC 630
  • ITEC 640

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • ITEC 610 must be taken in the first term of coursework.
  • You must complete 6 credits of core courses before taking a specialization course.
  • ITEC 626 should be taken before any specialization courses.

Specialization Courses

  • TLMN 602
  • TLMN 623
  • TLMN 630
  • TLMN 641
  • TLMN 645
  • INFA 620

Capstone Course

  • TLMN 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must complete 27 credits of program coursework before taking TLMN 670.
  • Currently, TLMN 670 is not available during the summer term.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career Preparation

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

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend a background in information technology. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Computing Club aims to create a dynamic environment where members can work collaboratively, share innovative ideas, enhance their career-readiness, and gain marketable experience in their respective fields.