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Master of Science in Telecommunication Networks

Master of Science in Telecommunication Networks


The Master of Science, MS, Telecommunication Networks degree 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 master’s programs nationwide to take a truly multidisciplinary approach to telecommunications and networking, this program combines resources from graduate programs in engineering, computer science, and business.




Innovative Curriculum - MS in Telecommunication Networks

The Master of Science in Telecommunication Networks is designed for professionals currently in the telecommunications or networking field who either wish to enhance their technical skills and credentials or who wish to make a transition to the business side of telecommunications or networking.

We also welcome applications from prospective students with limited industry experience.

This program may be pursued on a full- or part-time basis.

View a video on the Multidisciplinary Graduate Engineering Programs at Northeastern.

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.

The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) for the Telecommunication Networks 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

The MS programs’ student learning outcome is the ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.

Over 15 graduate certificates are available to provide students the opportunity to develop a specialization in an area of their choice. Certificates can be taken in addition to or in combination with a master’s degree, or provide a pathway to a master’s degree in Northeastern’s College of Engineering. Master’s programs can also be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Students should consult with their faculty advisor regarding these options.

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master’s Degree in Telecommunication Networks with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a Master of Science in Telecommunications Networks in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16-semester-hour curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry-based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 32-semester-hour degree and certificate require 12 hours of technical core courses from the telecommunication networks program and 4 hours from the technical course list provided for this program.

Experiential Learning

Northeastern innovative approach to experiential learning and research has made us one the top engineering school in the world. The Cooperative Education Program at Northeastern University, also known as a “co-op,” is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a Co-op Program for Graduate Students. Through this program, students gain industry experience in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial start-ups, while helping to finance their education.

Academic Advising

The Academic Advisors in the Graduate Student Services office can help answer many of your questions and assist with various concerns regarding your program and student record. Use the link below to also determine which questions can be answered by your Faculty Program Advisors and OGS Advisors.

Admissions & Aid

Ready to take the next step? Review degree requirements to see courses needed to complete this degree. Then, explore ways to fund your education. Finally, review admissions information to see our deadlines and gather the materials you need to Apply.