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Perform cutting-edge research in the dynamic field of telecommunications and networking

The telecommunications industry is changing at a rapid pace, which means the insights and solutions that come from both scholarly and applied research play a vital role in facilitating a dialog around the problems facing governments, businesses, academia, and society as a whole.

Our PhD students collaborate with peers and professors to advance the research surrounding cyber security, wireless network virtualization, smart grid communications, and spectrum fungibility, as well as to further the policy and economics of telecommunications.

Graduates from our PhD in Information Science with a concentration in telecommunications degree program have contributed their expertise to major research universities, research and development organizations, and international government agencies such as BNY Mellon, Mine Safety Appliances, Verizon Wireless, and Cisco.


Program structure

A minimum of 48 credits beyond a master’s degree are required. Exceptional students with a technical bachelor’s degree may be admitted on occasion. In such cases, a minimum of 72 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree is required. Included in these credits are graduate and seminar credits beyond the master’s degree or its equivalent and at least 18 dissertation credits. While these are minimum credit requirements, a PhD student may be required to take more credits to obtain the breadth and depth needed to successfully complete their dissertation.


Course description

Non-Major

TELCOM 2000 Introduction to Telecommunications (Cross listed with INFSCI 1070)

Networking

TELCOM 2011 Telecommunications Seminar

TELCOM 2100 Fundamentals of Telecommunications

TELCOM 2110 Network Design

TELCOM 2120 Network Performance

TELCOM 2121 Network Management

TELCOM 2122 Telephone System Management

TELCOM 2125 Network Science and Analysis

TELCOM 2130 Queuing Theory

Computer Communications

TELCOM 2010 Computer Networking Laboratory

TELCOM 2300 Software Tools and Techniques

TELCOM 2310 Computer Networks

TELCOM 2320 Local Area Networks

TELCOM 2321 Wide Area Networks

TELCOM 2325 Distributed Multi-Media Systems

TELCOM 2326 Distributed Databases

Telecommunications Administration

TELCOM 2400 Accounting and Finance for Telecommunication

TELCOM 2411 Information Technology in Organizations

TELCOM 2412 Telecommunications Marketing

TELCOM 2420 Project Management

TELCOM 2430 Case Studies in Telecommunications

Telecommunications Economics and Policy

TELCOM 2510 U.S. Telecommunications Policy

TELCOM 2511 International Telcom Policy

TELCOM 2512 Information Policy

TELCOM 2515 Information Ethics

TELCOM 2520 Telecommunications Industry and Regulation

Human Communications

TELCOM 2600 Human Communication

TELCOM 2610 Designing Computer and Network Services

TELCOM 2611 Organizational Behavior

TELCOM 2620 Systems Engineering for Telecommunications

Wireless Communications and networks

TELCOM 2700 Wireless Networks (Cross listed with INFSCI 1072)

TELCOM 2710 Foundations of Wireless Communications

TELCOM 2720 Cellular and Wireless Networks

TELCOM 2721 Mobile Data, Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks

TELCOM 2725 Code Division Multiple Access

TELCOM 2727 Application Development for Mobile Devices (Cross listed with INFSCI 1073)

TELCOM 2730 Capstone in Wireless Networks

Telecommunications Security

TELCOM 2810 Information Security and Privacy

TELCOM 2813 Security Management and Computer Forensics

TELCOM 2820 Cryptography

TELCOM 2821 Network Security

TELCOM 2825 Information Systems and Network Infrastructure Protection

TELCOM 2829 Advanced Cryptography

TELCOM 2830 Capstone in Security

Independent Studies

TELCOM 2921 INDEP STUDY IN NETWORKING

TELCOM 2922 INDEP STUDY IN COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

TELCOM 2923 INDEP STUDY: COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS

TELCOM 2924 INDEP STUDY: TELCOM ADMINISTRATION

TELCOM 2925 INDEP STUDY: TELCOM ECONOMICS AND POLICY

TELCOM 2926 INDEP STUDY: HUMAN COMMUNICATIONS

TELCOM 2927 INDEP STUDY IN WIRELESS NETWORKS

TELCOM 2928 INDEP STUDY SECURITY ASSURED INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Special Topics

TELCOM 2931 SPECIAL TOPICS IN NETWORKING

TELCOM 2932 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

TELCOM 2933 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS

TELCOM 2934 SPECIAL TOPICS IN TELCOM ADMINISTRATION

TELCOM 2935 SPECIAL TOPICS IN TELCOM ECONOMICS & POLICY

TELCOM 2936 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HUMAN COMMUNICATIONS

TELCOM 2937 SPECIAL TOPICS IN WIRELESS NETWORKS

TELCOM 2938 SPECIAL TOPICS IN TELCOM SECURITY

Practicum and Thesis

TELCOM 2940  PRACTICUM

TELCOM 2941  MASTER’S THESIS



Statute of Limitations

All requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be completed in not more than 6 calendar years from the time of first registration. Students may, in extenuating circumstances, submit a formal request for extension of their statute of limitations or for a leave of absence from the program.


Faculty advisors

Prashant Krishnamurthy

Konstantinos Pelechrinis

David Tipper

Martin Weiss

James Joshi

Taieb Znati


Our graduates are employed at a number of exceptional organizations that include the following:

Cisco, Ericsson, University of North Texas, Communication and Information Technology Commission KSA, Universidad Del Norte, and AT&T Labs


Questions?

Contact:  Shabana Reza, Recruitment and Admissions

Phone: 1-800-672-9435 or 412-624-3988

Email: shabana.reza@pitt.edu