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Online Master of Science (MS) in Interdisciplinary Telecom Program (ITP) at the University of Colorado Boulder
The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is the flagship campus of the University of Colorado system and is globally recognized for its world-class research and a faculty that includes numerous Nobel Prize laureates. An innovator and leader in the distance education field for more than 45 years, CU Boulder connects students to its campus from anywhere in the world anytime through its distance education delivery platform.
The distance education platform gives students access to a variety of graduate programs, including master's degrees, certificates, and individual courses, allowing CU Boulder online distance education students to earn the same degrees and have the same resources as on-campus students.
Master of Science (MS) in Interdisciplinary Telecommunications program overview
The Interdisciplinary Telecom Program (ITP) is the oldest telecom program in the nation often emulated by others. This highly-integrated and comprehensive program can help you expand your career by giving you the tools to master not only the latest telecom technologies, but also the business skills and law and policy knowledge essential to achieving success in today's world.
Working professionals, active duty military members, and others in need of flexible educational options can earn the MS completely online through the distance and online platform of the University of Colorado Boulder.
Focus areas, certificates, and dual degrees
Distance degree students can focus in three tracks: telecom policy and strategy, network security, and cyber security. Graduate certificates are also offered in computer and network security, wireless networks and technologies, network architecture, and policy and strategy. Certificates can be earned in 12 to 18 months either online or on-campus and course credits can be applied toward earning the MS in Telecommunications.
Students interested in leadership and management have the option of pursuing a dual master's degree combining the MS in the Interdisciplinary Telecom Program with a Master of Engineering (ME) in Engineering Management. This option requires admission to both master's programs. Some courses may count toward degree requirements in both programs.
Interdisciplinary Telecom Program Curriculum
The network engineering track is ideal for students who want to pursue careers as network engineers. It provides in-depth information about developing and operating IP networks including hands-on training in networking research, simulations, and testing. It also prepares students for certifications with network equipment vendors.
The network security track trains students to manage the security of crucial data communication systems and electronic information. Students learn how to plan, build, and maintain secure computer systems for businesses and organizations in the private and public sectors. Online lab-based courses provide skills and hands-on experience in the following areas:
- Building secure networks
- Developing and deploying secure applications
- Analyzing networks and systems to determine weaknesses and develop more secure solutions
- Planning, managing, and communicating effectively with multiple audiences regarding best practices, current policies and regulations, and emerging trends
The MS degree program (34 credit hours) must be completed within four years of the date coursework began. Typically, distance students including working professionals complete the program in three years.
All students have automatic access to online course lectures (streaming or downloading) beginning the first day until the last day of the semester. Recorded lectures are uploaded to the portal within 24 hours after the lecture has been taught on campus. Students have the option to participate live from a distance in the real-time classroom experience and/or view the lectures asynchronously as it fits their schedule.
Library Courses, those that have been recorded in previous semesters, are available to take for academic credit with the instructor's approval.
Interdisciplinary telecommunications instructors are experts, leaders, and experienced practitioners in the field. They bring both scholarship and real-world experience to the classroom.
Professor Martin Taschdjian is a consulting economist and an expert in telecommunications policy and regulations. He has more than 25 years of experience in all areas of the telecommunications industry, and he's held positions at multilateral organizations like the European Union, USAID, and the World Bank.
Professor Lijun Chen is an experienced and a talented researcher whose interests include cyber-physical networks, game theory, and optimization of networked systems.
CU Boulder offers a variety of financial assistance options for online distance graduate students. These include loans, grants, and military and company tuition assistance programs.
Prerequisites & Transfer Credits
Transfer Credits Accepted?
Credits must be from from a four-year college or university of recognized standing.
Additional Admission Requirements
TOEFL or IELTS test scores for applicants who did not attend an institution where the native language is English.
Services, Schedule, Reputation, Instructors and Student Info
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|On-Campus Graduation Ceremony|
|Online Management of Coursework|
|Minimum Completion Time||No minimum|
|Average Course Length||16 Weeks|
- School Type:
- School Accreditation:
- Regional Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
- Program Accreditation:
Instructors & Students
- Teach both online and on-campus
- Students worldwide
Tuition & Fees
- $835 per credit hour
- Required for Completion
- 34 credit hours
- Total Estimated Cost*
- In-State/Province: $1050
- Out-of-State/Province: $1350
- International: $1350