Wireless Communications and Networking
The program offers a wide range of wireless communications and networking courses. From the design and optimization of cellular networks, through 4G/5G wireless systems and standards, to satellite communications, the students will be exposed to a variety of state-of-the-art wireless technologies. Our networking courses provide specialized knowledge in cloud computing, software-defined networking, internet of things, network performance optimization, cybersecurity, and switch/ router configuration and troubleshooting..
Students interested in various aspects of computing may take courses from our wide selection of electives. Students can explore topics on embedded systems, operating systems, Linux system administration, host virtualization, optimization, algorithms and data structures, data mining and machine learning. Programming and scripting have a special emphasis in our program, so students have the opportunity to improve their programming skills in Python, Java and C.
Students interested in cybersecurity may take core and elective courses from our security offerings. Students can explore topics on computer/network security such as encryption algorithms, message integrity assurance, and message authentication. In addition, students will learn how to effectively use the available tools and methods to build secure and robust communication infrastructure that can withstand malicious cyber attacks. Those interested in national cybersecurity, for instance, can also take advantage of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2).
Business and Entrepreneurship
One of the key strengths of the program is the business curriculum, which gives students practical knowledge in economics, marketing, management, and public policy with a targeted focus on the telecommunications industry. Students armed with this knowledge can successfully take on leadership and management positions in large telecommunications companies. Those planning to start their own businesses can take advantage of the University's wide range of entrepreneurial resources.
Location, Location, Location
Access to the Baltimore/Washington DC Corridor
The University of Maryland is located just 10 miles north east of downtown Washington DC and 30 miles south of Baltimore. This area is one of the most prosperous and fastest-growing technology areas in the U.S., where more than half of the nations internet traffic is carried on the communication lines of local industry. This vibrant region offers students a wealth of opportunities in the local telecom industry. Home to more than 3,000 high tech companies, the Washington DC metropolitan area has been called one of the hottest tech cities in the nation by Newsweek.
The Student Experience
What ENTS Alumni Say About the Program
"Its the perfect balance of various disciplines like telecommunication management, RF engineering, and operational research in telecommunications. The fun part of this two-year journey was marking new friends from different countries, learning about their cultural and industrial values, and exchanging thoughts about globalization. It changed my perspectives towards telecommunications and helped me decide that wireless communications would be the world where I was to make a difference." Rikin Thakker, ENTS '02
"Upon graduation, I received five lucrative job offers from companies all over the county including AT&T Wireless and T-Mobile. The expertise I gained through this program not only provided me with multiple career options, but also enabled me to skillfully assess my choices." Neha Ajmera, ENTS '03
"The topics covered in the Master's Program in Telecommunications are very beneficial. Not only am I gaining a deeper understanding of telecommunications, but also a much better grasp of the business and political aspects behind the telecommunications industry, as well as the history the it is built upon. The study of geo-politics in telecommunications has made me aware of regulation controls that my customers are restricted to, and helps me in my every day dealings with clients." Jan Schmidt, ENTS '04