Program in Telecommunication Systems Management College of Engineering Northeastern University

Program in Telecommunication Systems Management College of Engineering Northeastern University


An Interdisciplinary Program in Telecommunications Systems Management

Northeastern University offers one of the country's only programs in telecommunications systems management (TSM). The program is both innovative and unique to individual student experience since it is offered jointly by the Graduate Schools of Engineering and Computer and Information Science and the College of Business Administration. This program presents an opportunity to take a wide range of courses from the different colleges and departments at Northeastern and to complete an industry co-op that blends in-class study with on-the-job experience.

The program allows students the flexibility to individualize their instruction based on their personal interests, background, and career goals. As a result, graduates pursue a variety of professional avenues, from purely technical positions to entrepreneurship.

A Cooperative Plan of Education

Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts is considered one of the nation's premier experiential research universities. Northeastern University offers students the opportunity to participate in its nationally renowned Cooperative Plan of Education (co-op) program.

Through the well-established co-op program, Northeastern University has established many close ties with local industries. Telecommunications students have many opportunities for co-op placement in Boston, a city renowned for innovation in technology. Students who choose to take advantage of the university's co-op program will have access to learning from both large and small telecommunications companies in the Boston metro area.

Master's Degree in Telecommunications Systems Management

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers a Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management (MSTSM) degree program. This multi-disciplinary program is designed for telecom students and existing professionals seeking to enhance and refine their technical skills and credentials, or for those wishing to transition to the management or marketing side of telecommunications. Graduates of the program are proficient in network and communications technology, the development of software systems and applications, and engineering management and marketing.

MSTSM students complete elective requirements from 3 elective concentrations that span the telecommunications industry: Telecom Business Management, Telecom Networking, and Telecom Systems Development. Students may take elective courses that range from Cryptography and Communications Security to Introduction to Distributed Security to Management of Small Business Enterprises. The 30-credit hour MSTSM program can be completed on either a full time or part time basis.

Experienced Faculty Members with Industry Connections

Faculty members from the Department of Telecommunication Systems Management have been involved in many innovative research programs and are widely connected to the industry and to education professionals. Many faculty members hold prestigious memberships while others hold high positions on research teams and at laboratories.

For instance, program director Dr. Peter O'Reilly is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a senior technical editor of the IEEE Network. While in a position at GTE Laboratories and Verizon Communications, 2 of Dr. O'Reilly's projects won Warner Awards, GTE's highest technical award. Professor Agnes Hui Chan directs Northeastern's Wireless Security Laboratory (WSL). Her work on wireless networks and computer security has earned her membership to IEEE, the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR).

Faculty research interests cover a wide range of topics related to telecommunications and systems management. Some topics of interest include wireless networking, public policy, electronic cash, and economics.

Financial Aid Opportunities

The financial aid office at Northeastern University is committed to helping students find the funds needed to complete their educations, including helping Boston residents find more than $10.5 million in financial assistance each year. In addition to federal loans and grants, Northeastern offers graduate students a number of departmental research and teaching assistantships.

Additional graduate student resources include the Double Husky Scholarship for students with a bachelor's from Northeastern; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Graduate Fellowship for African-American students with solid academics and financial need; and the Graduate Dean's Scholarship for students in the top third of their incoming classes.

Northeastern University -- An Experiential Research University

Many of the university's rapidly growing research enterprises address 3 main areas important to the nation's development: health, security, and sustainability. Northeastern has also been recognized as one of the most climate conscious universities in the nation. The university has been awarded the highest score among Boston-based universities on the Sustainable Endowments Institute's 2011 College Sustainability Report Card. The "Boston Business Journal" has named Northeastern as one of the largest educators of Boston-area CEOs.

More information is available regarding The College of Engineering, graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

Location & Contact

Contact Info
Dr. Peter O'Reilly
Boston, MA 02115-5096
Phone: 617-373-5548
Fax: 617-373-2501

Contact Info
Stephen L. Gibson
Associate Director
Boston, MA 02115-5096
Phone: 617-373-2711
Fax: 617-373-2501

Degrees & Award

Programs Offered:
Offers Telecommunication Systems Management (MS).
Degree Program Information:
Part-Time Programs Available.


Entrance Requirements:
For Master&Apos;S, GRE General Test. Additional Exam Requirements/Recommendations For International Students: Required&Mdash;TOEFL (Minimum Score 550 Paper-Based; 213 Computer-Based).
Application Deadline:
For Fall Admission, 1/15 For Domestic And International Students. Applications Are Processed On A Rolling Basis.
Application Fee:
Student Statistics:
Average Age 25. 124 Applicants, 81% Accepted, 19 Enrolled.

Student Body

Student Population:
82 Full-Time, 3 Part-Time.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
In 2011&Ndash;12, 2 Students Received Support, Including 1 Fellowship (Averaging $18,325 Per Year), 1 Research Assistantship (Averaging $18,325 Per Year); Teaching Assistantships, Career-Related Internships Or Fieldwork, Federal Work-Study, Scholarships/Grants, Health Care Benefits, Tuition Waivers, And Unspecified Assistantships Also Available. Support Available To Part-Time Students. Financial Award Application Deadline: 1/15; Financial Award Applicants Required To Submit FAFSA.

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