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Interdisciplinary Telecom

Expand your career by mastering not only the latest technologies associated with the Internet, but also the business skills and policy knowledge essential to achieving success in the companies driving today’s rapidly changing high-tech world. Within the Interdisciplinary Telecom Program (ITP), you can develop expertise in leading-edge specialties such as network and wireless engineering, network security, and telecom policy—by gaining hands-on experience in our world-class labs working with state-of-the-art technologies.

Students admitted into our master’s program apply to pursue an area of specialization in one of four exciting tracks offering focused graduate study in some of the most sought-after areas in the broadband arena. –

Concentration Areas of Study and Research

  • Wireless
  • IP Networks
  • Strategy and Policy
  • Security
  • Open Option

For further information, please visit the following web sites:

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 
  • MS in Telecommunications

As an ITP student you can keep in touch with the latest trends in technology from business experts and policy makers. You will become a multi-faceted professional able to manage or navigate the intense and rapidly changing area of communication networks.
We welcome students focusing on other engineering or technical degrees at CU or other institutions, as well as students from non-technical disciplines.

  • PhD in Telecommunications

The ITP PhD program is for highly motivated students seeking to conduct research at the intersections of traditional telecommunications technology, economics and policy disciplines. The PhD program provides a common set of core courses for all students that serve as the foundation for interdisciplinary research focused on advancing the development and deployment of broadband network technologies.

  • ME Engineering Management/MS Telecommunications

The Interdisciplinary Telecommunications and the Engineering Management (EMP) programs are complementary in that the Engineering Management program greatly enhances practical management and business skills for technical professionals, while the Interdisciplinary Telecommunication Program provides particular technical skills and an overarching framework of technology, business, and policy to professionals in telecommunications. Both programs are committed to providing substantial access to their curricula to distance education students. The combined program allows students to apply certain courses against both degrees, reducing the total number of credits required to earn both degrees.

  • MBA/MS in Telecommunications with the Leeds School of Business

The student is required to be admitted both by ITP and the Leeds School of Business and to complete all requirements for the MS in Telecommunications degree in addition to all of the requirements for the MBA degree. The Business School allows students to count up to twelve credits of TLEN course work towards the MBA degree. Students must complete their first year in the Business School as a unit (without any telecom courses) before taking the 12 ITP credits that they want to count to their MBA. However, this year can follow the student's having taken other ITP classes that may be used towards completing the MS Telecommunications degree. MBA/MS in Telecommunications

  • BS Operations and Information Management/MS Telecommunications

The student is required to be admitted both by ITP and the Leeds School of Business and to fulfill all requirements a BS in Information Management from the Leeds School of Business. Once the student has completed 60 hours in Business School courses, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, he or she may apply to the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Department. The student must fulfill all requirements for the MS in Telecommunications Degree

  • BS Computer Science/MS Telecommunications

The student is required to be admitted both by ITP and the Computer Science Department and will fulfill requirements of a BS. BS Computer Science/MS Telecommunications

  • JD/MS in Telecommunications with the School of Law

The student is required to be admitted both by ITP and the University of Colorado Law School and to complete all requirements for the MS in Telecommunications degree in addition to all of the requirements for the Juris Doctor. The Law School allows students to count up to nine credits of TLEN course work towards the JD degree providing each course has a "B-" or higher grade. Students must complete their first year in the Law School as a unit (without taking any telecom courses during that year) but this year may be either before or after the student has begun taking telecommunications classes. MS/JD in Telecommunications

Currently, the ITP does not offer an undergraduate degree.

Minimum Requirements for the MS and ME Degree
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 must complete their first year of MBA studies prior to 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 allows a limited number of classes to be counted toward both degrees. For more information see the Dual Degrees area of the ITP webpage. 


Admissions Requirements: 

Applicants must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university.
  2. 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.
  3. Letters of recommendation from 3 people who have first-hand knowledge of the applicant's educational and/or professional background.
  4. TOEFL or IELTS 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): or an IELTS score of 7.0. Institution code: 4841.
  5. GRE or GMAT scores are required of all applicants. Institution code: 4841 for GRE; Department code: 11S-MH-08 for GMAT.  ITP will also consider LSAT scores to fulfill the standardized exam requirement.

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 Support: 

Financial support 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 .

Applicant Instructions: 

Fall Admissions Deadlines:

Visa (international) applicant deadline: January 9, 2017.

US citizen/permanent resident applicant deadline: February 20, 2017.

Priority Deadline (for all student who wish to be considered for general fellowships): December 1, 2016.

Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program
ECOT 311
530 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0530
Phone: 303-492-8475
Fax: 303-492-1112