Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science
  • PhD
  • Concurrent & Dual Degrees
  • Distance Education
  • Certificate

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With a degree in Interdisciplinary Telecom Program (ITP), you'll 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. ITP maintains a modern Telecom Systems Lab as well as a Wireless Lab and Security Operations Center for educating our students on state-of-the-art equipment. To advance as a leader, you'll learn core economic, business, and policy skills.

Students enter the program from a wide variety of technical, information technology, and liberal arts undergraduate studies. Admitted students select an area of specialization from our four exciting track offerings. Graduate study in ITP leads to careers in some of the most sought-after areas in the broadband arena.

Focus Areas of Study

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

We are leaders in teaching state-of-the-art telecommunications technology. For more than 40 years, we've educated students from a variety of backgrounds including engineering, business, economics, policy and strategy, and the legal professions who thrive on this intense and rapidly changing technology environment. 

Today’s employers seek to hire future leaders and managers who are effective communicators and decision makers with knowledge of the complex interdisciplinary environment that characterizes modern information networks. This is a field that is no longer a matter of technology alone; the information technology sector is providing rewarding careers for those with interdisciplinary skills in an exciting, rapidly changing, innovative marketplace.

The Boulder-Denver area is home to a large number of high-tech companies dedicated to networking and the Internet, which offer internship opportunities for students. Boulder is one of the top cities in the country for start-ups, and the area hosts several national labs.

The Interdisciplinary Telecom Program provides a unique research environment that focuses on the application of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies applied to interdisciplinary problems in telecommunications of national and global scale. ITP research unlocks innovative solutions to pressing technology, economic and policy issues in the telecom, information and communications technology areas. For example, we've identified low-cost broadband solutions for underserved areas throughout the world, new strategies for spectrum management, or how to make the internet work better.

The Spring 2016 graduates of ITP enjoy the good fortune to be very sought after in industry. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of graduates received full-time job offers within three months’ post-graduation!

A sample of employers:

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Arista
  • CableLabs
  • Charter
  • Cisco
  • Google
  • Juniper
  • Level 3 Communications
  • LogRhythm
  • Microsoft
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Verizon

Employment of computer network, systems, and database administrators is expected to grow much faster than average, with an increase of 30 percent by 2018. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Salary will vary depending on the size of a company, location and the telecom graduate’s previous years of work experience. Median annual salaries of ITP graduates were $85,000 in 2016.

Visit the ITP site for more empirical data on ITP Employers.