You are pursuing a career in telecommunications, and now your big challenge is mapping out a professional direction. The Telecommunication Networks program can help you meet the challenge. The program is designed to help current and future telecom and networking professionals enhance their skills and credentials, deepen their telecommunications knowledge base, and/or extend their professional expertise to business management or marketing. One of only a very few programs nationwide to take a truly multidisciplinary approach to telecommunications and networking, this program combines resources from graduate programs in the College of Engineering, Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences, and D'Amore-McKim School of Business. For students in the early stages of their telecom and networking career, Northeastern University’s renowned graduate co-op program allows students to work for six to eight months in the telecom industry as part of their program of study.

The Master of Science in Telecommunication Networks degree is designed for professionals currently in the dynamic, exciting and thriving telecommunications industry who either wish to enhance their technical skills and credentials or who wish to make a transition to the business side of telecommunications. We also welcome applications from highly qualified prospective students with limited or no industry experience. This multi-disciplinary program, which may be pursued on a full- or part-time basis, gives students the flexibility to tailor the curriculum to their specific interests, backgrounds, and career goals.

Students enrolled in the MS in Telecommunication Networks have the opportunity to also pursue one of the many engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with this program. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options. The MS in Telecommunication Networks can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Learn more about the benefits of this unique program.

Learning Outcomes: 

The M.S. programs' student learning outcome is

  • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.

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Experiential & Cooperative Education: 

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Cooperative Plan of Education (co-op), for which Northeastern University is nationally renowned.  Northeastern's co-op program, founded nearly a century ago and one of the largest and most innovative in the world, adds depth to classroom studies and provides exposure to career paths and employment opportunities.  Students should understand that there are eligibility requirements for co-op, that the co-op placement process is competitive, and that there are no guarantees that each student will be successful in getting a co-op position with industry.

Telecommunications and Boston

According to the Mass Technology Leadership Council, Massachusetts companies excel in five areas of telecommunications: wireless, broadband, voice-over-Internet, security and distributed computing.

By being located in Boston, a city renowned for innovation in technology, Northeastern students have access to both large and small telecommunications companies located in the Boston metropolitan area directly related to their program of study.

Industrial Advisory Board

The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) for the TSM program provides guidance and strategic direction to the program.  Board members assist with curriculum development and cooperative efforts with industry, and help ensure that the program remains relevant to industry’s needs.   The IAB meets at least once per year.

Current members of the Industrial Advisory Board include:

  • Steven Blumenthal, CTO, Bridgeport Networks
  • Deepak Chakravadhanula, Systems Engineer, Acme Packet
  • Ofer Gneezy, CEO,  iBasis
  • Dr. David Morgan, VP, Fidelity Investments
  • Gregory Najjar, Director, Sprint
  • Dr. David Oran, Fellow, Cisco Systems
  • Bill Stinson, Senior VP, Verizon