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The Interdisciplinary Telecom Program provides the opportunity for study in technology, management, and policy of telecommunications systems including telephony, internet, wireless systems, and smart grids. Graduate students are offered courses on these technologies, how they are used, and future technology directions. This includes detailed study of technical aspects, and the financial and socioeconomic impact. Courses and laboratories are available in electrical, optical, and wireless transmission, switching, cable television, signaling, digital processing, computer protocols, smart grids and network design and management. Study also incorporates management, government and industry use, competitive trends, standards, regulatory practice, and all levels of communications and information law (local through international). Students can combine their ITP MS degree with MBA, Business, Engineering Management, and Law degrees.
Please refer to http://telecom.colorado.edu for admission requirements and application instructions.
ITP offers emphasis in the following areas: Wireless Technology, Network Security, Networking, Smart Grids, Telecom Business Strategy, Regulation, Policy and more!
All students will have exposure to the topics below.
Internet: Develop expertise in next-generation Internet architectures, technologies, applications, and protocols. Learn the technical details of baseline Internet technologies such as TCP/IP, routing, switching, address and domain name management, email, and the World Wide Web (HTTP). Explore cutting edge topics including enhanced quality of service for streaming media, peer-to-peer protocols and architectures, caching, application-aware traffic management, and Internet security (anti-virus and anti-spam). Investigate the development and deployment of next generation access network technology such as WiMAX, 3G/4G, EVDO, DSL, and high speed cable networks (DOCSIS).
Communications: Explore the evolution from specific networks to seamless, IP-centric, media-aware networks. Investigate the issues and technology necessary to build the next generation broadband networks designed to support delivery of real-time linear content (IPTV, broadcast video), non-real time stored content (Video on Demand and MP3 Audio), regional multicast content, and personalized individual content (VolP, video conferencing) all delivered seamlessly to any end-point the customer desires (home, office, mobile).
Media: Discover the impact of the Internet on content creation, distribution, and management. In our classrooms and labs, explore voice migration to VoIP; understand video and audio compression (MPEG4, wavelet); study technology supporting media delivery and consumption (Podcasting, PVR, TiVO MP3, ACC); and investigate trends in digital rights management (Windows Media, Real Networks, iTunes).
Business Strategy: Study the strategic, financial, and entrepreneurial aspects of the migration from traditional networks and business models to the suite of new products and services enabled by ubiquitous broadband internet connectivity. Learn the basic economic theories that empower next-generation networks including network economics, first-mover advantage, versioning, information goods pricing, and launch strategies.
Law & Regulation: Survey the legal, regulatory, and policy implications of an interconnected world. Learn about advances in intellectual property rights (patent, copyright, trademarks), spectrum management, content management, and government and emergency services (E911, wire tapping, universal service).
- MS in Telecommunications
- ME in Telecommunications
- PhD in Telecommunications
- ME Engineering Management/MS Telecommunications
- MBA/MS in Telecommunications with the Leeds School of Business
- BS Operations and Information Management (OPIM)/MS Telecommunications
- JD/MS in Telecommunications with the School of Law
Currently, the ITP does not offer an undergraduate degree.
For further information, please visit the following web sites:
Minimum Requirements for the MS and ME Degree
Please refer to the ITP web site for detailed information on the degrees offered by the program.
Dual Degree Students
Students earning dual degrees with the Leeds School of Business complete their first year in the business school before beginning their telecommunications classes. Students enrolled in a dual degree must work closely with their faculty advisor in the preparation of their degree plan. The Graduate School will only allow a limited number of classes to be counted toward both degrees.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university.
- Grade point average of 3.0 or above. Note: there is consideration for provisional admission with a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 with appropriate GRE or GMAT scores.
- Letters of recommendation from 3 people who have first hand knowledge of the applicant's educational and/or professional background.
- TOEFL test scores are required for all international students hailing from countries where English is not the primary language. Students should show evidence of a strong academic record and a TOEFL score of 100 or above (internet-based), 600 or above (250 computer-based). Institution code: 4841,
- GRE or GMATscores are required of all applicants. Institution code: 4841 for GRE; Department code:11S-MH-08 for GMAT.
Students entering the program are expected to be adept in mathematics through trigonometry. Students without a year of calculus are expected to attain proficiency as part of their curriculum.
Financial aid is limited. Most financial aid is offered in the form of part-time fellowships, part-time positions in grading, or other administrative roles. International students must demonstrate the ability to support themselves, and their families if necessary, for their entire course of study at the University of Colorado. More information can be found at http://telecom.colorado.edu/resources/paying-graduate-school
Fall 2013 Admissions:
*Priority application deadline: December 1, 2012
Domestic application deadline: June 15, 2013
International application deadline: March 15, 2013
Spring 2014 Admissions:
*Priority application deadline: August 1, 2013
Domestic application deadline: November 1, 2013
International application deadline: October 1, 2013
Summer 2014 Admissions:
*Priority application deadline: November 1, 2013
Domestic application deadline: March 15, 2014
International application deadline: February 1, 2014
University of Colorado Boulder
Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program
Boulder, CO 80309-0530