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MS in Telecommunications


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Graduate Advisor for MS Telecommunications

Telecommunications is one of the most rapidly growing fields in Engineering. Telecommunication specialization is becoming necessary in such diverse fields as banking, smart grids, office information systems, corporate networks, the Internet, etc. Recent challenges like gigabit optical networks, multimedia communications, and wireless network access, make the future of the field very exciting. The objective of this program is to educate individuals in one or more of these telecommunication specializations.

Relationship to Existing NJIT Programs

The MS in Telecommunications differs from any existing MS degree at NJIT. It is aimed at professionals holding bachelors' degrees in computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering. The Telecommunications program is based on a synergistic blending of existing ECE and CS courses specially created to serve this program. It has a technical/scientific focus with a rich selection of electives and specializations.


Admission Requirements

Students can apply for admission to the program through either the the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or the Department of Computer and Information Science. All applicants must submit their scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical aptitude tests. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in either computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering from an accredited institution are expected to have a GPA of at least 3.0. The following undergraduate courses (or their equivalent) are prerequisites: ECE 321 and ECE 333 or CIS 333.


Bridge Program

Applicants having degrees in other fields will be considered for admission on an individual basis. These students may make up their deficiencies by completing a bridge program. The curriculum for the MS in Telecommunications requires a basic knowledge of computer fundamentals such as programming, data structures, computer architecture, signals and systems, and basic communication systems. Credit for the bridge courses do not count toward the degree. Successful completion of the preparatory courses with a 3.0 average or better average grade is a necessary condition for transfer to regular status. The bridge courses are selected from the following list depending on individual background. 

ECE 321 Random Signals and Noise ECE 333 Circuits and Systems III
ECE 333 Circuits and Systems III
ECE 352/ECE353/CS 251 Computer Organization/Architecture/Microprocessors
ECE 481 Communications Systems
CS 332 Operating Systems
CS 333 UNIX Operating Systems
CS 505 C++ Data Structures


Degree Requirements

Candidates must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work, with a minimum overall average of 3.0. In addition, a minimum 3.0 average is required in the 4 core courses, as indicated below. Students with an exceptionally strong telecommunications background may be allowed to replace required courses with advanced electives. Permission of the graduate advisor of this program is required. Any course not listed here must be approved by the Graduate Advisor.

Required Core Courses (12 credit hours):

ECE 642 Communication Systems I
ECE 644 Introduction to Wireless and Personal Communications Systems
ECE 673 Random Signal Analysis I
ECE 683 Computer Network Design and Analysis or CIS 652 Computer
                 Network-Architecture Protocol Standards

Elective Courses (18 credit hours):

ECE 637/CIS 656 Internet and Higher Layer Protocols
ECE 638/CIS 696 Networks Management and Security
ECE 639/CIS 697 Principles of Broadband ISDN and ATM
ECE 646 Introduction to Data Communication
ECE 649 Compression in Multimedia Engineering or CIS 658 Multimedia Systems
ECE 681 High Performance Switches and Routers
ECE 690 Computer Systems Architecture or CIS 650 Computer Architecture
ECE/CS 701 Thesis in Telecommunications (6 cr.) or ECE/CS 700 Project in Telecommunications (3 cr.)
ECE 742 Communication Systems II
ECE 755 Digital Communications
ECE 757 Wireless Communications
ECE 783 Computer Communication Networks
ECE 785 Parallel Processing Systems

CS 604 Introduction to Client-Server Computing
CS 630 Advanced Operating System Design
CS 631 Data Management System Design I
CS 633 Distributed Systems
CS 637 Real-Time Systems
CS 654 Telecommunication Networks Performance Analysis
CS 665 Algorithmic Graph Theory
CS 668 Parallel Algorithms
CS 679 Management of Computer and Information Systems
CS 752 Communication Protocol Synthesis and Analysis

MIS 635 Management of Telecommunications
MIS 636 Telecommunications: Policies and Regulation

Any course not listed here must be approved by the Graduate Advisor.


Areas of Specialization

The following areas of specialization are suggested, but are not the limit of possibilities. They are given to provide guidelines for students.

Management and Administration:

ECE 638/CIS 696 Networks Management and Security CS 679 Management of Computer and Information Systems
MIS 635 Management of Telecommunications
MIS 636 Telecommunications: Policies and Regulation

Communication Systems:

ECE 639/CIS 697 Principles of Broadband ISDN and ATM
ECE 646 Introduction to Data Communication
ECE 649 Compression in Multimedia Engineering  or CS 658 Multimedia Systems
ECE 681 High Performance Routers and Switches
ECE 685 Network Interface Design
ECE 742 Communications Systems II
ECE 755 Digital Communications
ECE 757 Wireless Communications

Networking:

ECE 637 Internet and Higher Layer Protocols
ECE 638/CS 696 Networks Management and Security
ECE 639/CS 697 Principles of Broadband ISDN and ATM
ECE 681 High Performance Routers and Switches
ECE 690 Computer Systems Architecture or  CS 650 Computer Architecture
ECE 783 Computer Communication Networks
CS 604 Introduction to Client-Server Computing
CS 633 Distributed Systems
CS 637 Real-Time Systems
CS 654 Telecommunication Networks Performance Analysis
CS 656 Internetworking and Higher Layer Protocols
CS 665 Algorithmic Graph Theory

Information:

ECE 638/CIS 696 Networks Management and Security
ECE 649 Compression in Multimedia Engineering  or
CS 604 Introduction to Client-Server Computing
CS 631 Data Management Systems Design
CS 658 Multimedia Systems

* Other courses related to Telecommunications may be selected as elective courses with the written approval of the graduate advisor.