ECE - M.S. in Telecommunications Engineering

Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering offers courses of study leading to the Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering. This program provides advanced education and research to develop breadth of knowledge and depth of expertise in the engineering of telecommunication networks and systems. Strong emphasis is placed on the areas of High Speed/broadband Computer Communications Networks, Optical Communications, and Wireless/Satellite Communications. Specialized state-of-the-art laboratories and computer facilities are available in the above three areas.

This program is a UNL program offered in Omaha at The Peter Kiewit Institute. Students may take some of the courses through the ECE Department and the Computer Science and Engineering Department on the Lincoln Campus.

For admission to this program, a student must have a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering or a closely related area.

The ECE Department offers three areas of concentrations leading to the M.S. degree in Telecommunications Engineering. The choice of M.S. option depends on the interests and future plans of the student. The length of time necessary to complete the program varies, but is typically two years for full-time enrollment.

  • Option I: The vast majority of M.S. students choose Option I. Students considering a Ph.D. degree would also generally choose this option. For this degree option, a minimum of 30 credit hours which includes a written thesis are required. At least six credit hours must be taken as thesis research. Of the remaining hours, a minimum of 24 hours of formal course work must be taken with at least 9 credit hours in graduate-only courses. Of the total minimum of 30 credit hours, at least 15 credit hours must be ECE credits.

  • Option II: Option II does not require thesis research and provides the student with a broader range of courses in his/her program. Normally, this option is not appropriate for students interested in continuing with a Ph.D. degree. A minimum of 36 credit hours of formal course work are required and a single minor must be designated. The program must consist of a minimum of 18 credit hours in CEEN and 9 hours in the minor field. A minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate-only courses are required.

  • Option III: Option III does not require a master's thesis but has a minimum course requirement of 36 credit hours. At least 18 credit hours must be earned in graduate-only courses. A minimum of 18 credit hours must be ECE courses. No minor is required.

Admission Requirements Overview
Application Deadline:
  • April 15 for the following Fall Semester (e.g., April 15, 2014 for Fall 2014)
  • October 15 for the following Spring Semester (e.g., Oct. 15, 2014 for Spring 2015)
Entrance Exam:
  • The GRE is required for international students. Typically, applicants admitted to the program have scores of 1250 or better for Quantitative and Verbal, and 3.0 or higher on Analytical.
TOEFL Score:
  • 550-paper, 213-computer
Undergrad GPA (4.0 scale):
  • 3.0 or greater
Special Program Requests:
  • Statement of goals and objectives
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