University of Colorado Approves New PhD in Telecommunications

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Nov. 19, 2010

The University of Colorado Board of Regents has given the final approval for a doctoral program in telecommunications at CU-Boulder.  The new degree will be offered by the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, also known as ITP, which is one of the oldest and most respected graduate programs in telecommunications in the world.

Students in the new Ph.D. program will take advanced courses in internet protocol (IP) networking, network security, wireless networks and smart grids, and will research new concepts in telecommunications at the intersection of technology, policy and business. 

Student research leading to a Ph.D. thesis can be expected to contribute to the economic and social development of telecommunications, as well as a deeper understanding of the complex relations between the technical, economic and regulatory characteristics of the industry, according to ITP Director and Professor Tim Brown.

“The new telecom Ph.D. program will further propel the University of Colorado as a national leader in research and education on the policies and technologies that make up modern telecommunications,” Brown said.

The Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program already has a vibrant nexus of faculty from engineering, law and economics at CU-Boulder. ITP has developed an internationally recognized graduate curriculum over its 39 years as a graduate-only program. More than 2,600 students have graduated from CU-Boulder with a Master of Science in telecommunications.

New capabilities continue to emerge from the rapid technology developments in data networks, wireless and optical communications—capabilities that bring new challenges and new business opportunities.

“These challenges and opportunities are not isolated technical, economic or political concerns,” Brown said. “Regulatory policy may be dictated by what technology can be used, and technology must adapt to economic and regulatory challenges to allow a business to succeed.”

Whereas many of these issues are only touched upon by existing disciplinary research, the new program will foster academic scholarship that freely crosses the boundaries of engineering, law and business to increase our understanding and advance the state-of-the art of telecommunications.

"Although successful interdisciplinary programs are hard to build, it is now clear that these kinds of programs are what are needed to solve many of society's complex problems," said Professor and ITP co-founder Frank Barnes.

The program starts in fall 2011 and applications are being accepted now. For more information, visit the Interdisciplinary Telecom Program website or contact Elizabeth Golder at 303-492-8475. 



Tim Brown, 303-492-1630
Carol Rowe, 303-492-7426

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