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.

Focus Areas of Study

  • Wireless Networking Track
  • Network Engineering Track
  • Policy and Strategy Track
  • Network Security Track
  • Open Option Track

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Degrees Offered:

  • MS, ME, BS/MS, PhD, MS/MBA

Degree Details:

  • MS in Interdisciplinary Telecommunications: The Master of Science in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program integrates technology, business, economics, and public policy, completing the set of skills and knowledge engineers and business leaders need. Students wishing to prepare for careers working in network engineering, wireless engineering, network security, and telecom policy can pursue an MS in Telecom under one of the four corresponding ITP Tracks to customize the technical content of their degree. 
  • PhD in Telecommunications: The ITP PhD program is designed for highly motivated students seeking to conduct research at the intersections of traditional telecommunications technology, economics and policy disciplines. ITP PhD students learn the necessary skills to conduct research, along with a focused study plan on the specific technical areas of their interests, often mirroring one of the established areas of research in the program such as broadband networking, wireless, policy, and security.
  • 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. View more information in this flyer
  • 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 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.
  • 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.  

Currently, ITP does not offer an undergraduate degree.

Minimum Requirements for the MS and ME Degree
Refer to the ITP website 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. 

Distance Education: Currently, both Network Security and Telecom Policy and Strategy tracks of the MS in ITP are available completely online with distance education. 

Learn more about the Network Security track offered completely online with distance education:

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Learn more about the Telecom Policy and Strategy track offered completely online with distance education: 

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Admissions Requirements:

Applicant 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 without a year of calculus are expected to attain proficiency as part of their curriculum. ITP offers a course to support admitted students with non-technical backgrounds to gain this knowledge via telecommunications theory and application. 

Fall Domestic Application Deadline:

Monday, February 20, 2017

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

Fall International Application Deadline:

Monday, January 9, 2017

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