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Master of Science in Telecommunications

The Department of Informatics and Networked Systems is enhancing the flexibility of the Master of Science in Telecommunications degree to better suit the identity of the department and accommodate rapid changes in technology that are influencing the Telecommunications industry. Telecommunications now relies upon data analytics, machine learning, and information processing and how networks can serve humans – for example by enabling surgeons to perform remote surgery with low latency 5G networks.

Degree Requirements

Foundations (6 credits – required)

  • TELCOM 2120 Network Performance
  • TELCOM 2810 Information Security and Privacy

Cognitive (6 credits)

  • Recommended Classes
    • INFSCI 2300 Human Information Processing
    • INFSCI 2350 Human Factors in Systems
    • INFSCI 2470 Interactive System Design

Systems (24 credits)

  • Two of the following four classes required
    • TELCOM 2310 Computer Networks
    • TELCOM 2700 Wireless Networks
    • TELCOM 2010 Computer Networking Lab
    • TELCOM 2100 Fundamentals of Telecommunications
  • 6 Electives – Recommended Classes (students can also take other INFSCI Systems and Technology classes or from the above list of four classes)
    • TELCOM 2820 Cryptography
    • TELCOM 2821 Network Security
    • TELCOM 2825 Information Systems and Infrastructure Protection
    • INFSCI 2710 Database Management
    • INFSCI 2725 Data Analytics
    • INFSCI 2750 Cloud Computing
    • INFSCI 2595 Machine Learning
    • TELCOM 2326 Advanced Topics in Database Management

Telecom Seminar (1 Credit)

Admissions Information

The Department of Informatics and Networked Systems seeks students with diverse interests and abilities. The admission requirements for the Master of Science in Telecommunications degree (MST) reflect the interdisciplinary nature of our program and roughly correspond to an undergraduate degree in a technical discipline (e.g., math, physics, computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, information science, etc.)

You must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better

  • Computer programming skill in at least one scientific programming language
  • A 3-credit college level course in probability
  • A 3-credit college level course in calculus

Note, other courses, such as an introduction to telecommunications class may be a pre-requisite for many courses in the program. It is not a requirement for admission but the equivalent Pitt course (TELCOM 2000) will not count toward the MST degree.

Letters of Recommendation

Identify and seek the recommendations of two individuals (e.g., professors, employers, information professionals) who are in a position to evaluate your academic performance or your potential as an information professional.


Only scanned copies of official transcripts will be accepted and processed at the application stage.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

You are required to submit a recent score (within five years of the date of application) on the Graduate Record Examination as part of your admission credentials. Scores on all three sections (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) of the General Section should be submitted. While submission of the GRE scores are preferred, a recent and strong performance on the GMAT will be accepted in lieu of taking the GRE exam.

Other Required Documentation

Please include the following with your online application:

  • Resume; and
  • Statement of Intent of no more than 500 words outlining your career goals

Your resume and Statement of Intent should reflect and highlight relevant work experience.

For International Applicants

Graduate students must possess sufficient knowledge of English to participate successfully in graduate study. International applicants must submit either the TOEFL or the IELTS (taken within two years of the date of application). A minimum score of 80 (Internet-based)/550 (paper-based) on the TOEFL or a minimum result of Band 6.5 on the IELTS is required.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates and fees for the upcoming academic year can be found on the University’s Institutional Research Web site.