Online Telecommunications Master’s Degree


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After the telecommunications bubble burst in the early 2000s, the industry faced a decade of decline. But thanks to emerging technologies and a dramatic increase in data consumption from smartphones and other mobile devices, the industry is bouncing back.

An online telecommunications master’s degree program can prepare professionals to become leaders in the telecommunications field. Students can gain the management and technical skills necessary to design, develop and manage telecommunications systems such as wireless and fiber-optic networks.

Course Work

Example courses
Cloud and Internet law
Network design and implementation
Enterprise architecture
Operating systems
Network management and security
Geographic information systems in telecommunications
Broadband wireless networks
Network communications and the Internet
Computer architecture

Core course work in an online telecommunications master’s degree program includes network security, network design, operating systems, network communications, broadband wireless networks, network management, fiber optics and telecommunications business and policy.

The highly technical program is designed for professionals with experience in computer science, information technology or a related field. Students without previous experience may have to complete prerequisite courses on topics such as computer architecture and C++, a programming language.

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Job Outlook

Median salaries*
Telecommunications specialist $56,700
Telecommunications analyst $57,200
Telecommunications network engineer $72,000
Penetration tester $73,000
Telecommunications engineer $75,000
Telecommunications manager $77,000


In addition to finding employment in the traditional telecommunications industry, telecommunications professionals work in banking, reservation systems and office-information delivery.

Growth in the telecommunications field is increasing. The satellite telecommunications industry saw an annual growth of 3.4 percent from 2008 to 2013 and will likely see strong demand in the next five years, according to a report by IBISWorld, an industry and market research organization.

Professional organizations such as the Telecommunications Industry Association, the United States Telecom Association and the National Association of Telecom Professionals offer networking and professional development opportunities.

A telecommunications specialist makes about $56,700 per year, while a telecommunications manager earns about $77,000 annually, according to PayScale, an online salary database.

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