MS in Interdisciplinary Telecommunications

University of Colorado Boulder - Graduate Distance Education

Online Boulder, CO Public ACCREDITED

Program at a Glance

Telecommunications Management Computer Systems Networking And Telecommunications Computer And Information Systems Security
Yes 100% online
$835 Per credit hour for tuition
34 credit hours required for graduation
total estimated cost
Yes transfer credits accepted
No 100% flexible class times
16 weeks average course length
No minimum
min. completion time


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.

Course delivery

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.

World-class Faculty

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.

Financial assistance

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.

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Prerequisites & Transfer Credits

Minimum GPA

Out of 4.0

Standardized Tests


requiredfor admission

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

Services Offered

Online Office Hours
Online Chat
Mobile App
Social Discussion Forums
On-Campus Graduation Ceremony
Digital Textbooks
Online Management of Coursework


100% Online Yes
Minimum Completion Time No minimum
Class Times Both
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

  • Instructors:
    Teach both online and on-campus
  • Students:
    Students worldwide


Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    $835 per credit hour
  • Required for Completion
    34 credit hours
  • Total Estimated Cost*
*Additional Fees


  • In-State/Province: $1050
  • Out-of-State/Province: $1350
  • International: $1350

Location & Contact

Student Contact

Graduate Distance Education

Head of Distance Learning

Lawrence Stephen Director 303-492-6331
Graduate Distance Education Graduate School - Program Development 1111 Engineering Drive, ECOT 126 Boulder CO 80309-0435


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