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The Master of Telecommunications and Software Engineering (M.T.S.E.) is a course-only degree program that prepares students for professional practice in telecommunications and information technologies. The program, jointly offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Department of Computer Science (CS), can be completed in one year of full-time study.


A person holding a B.S.E.E., a B.S.CP.E. or a B.S.C.S. degree has the necessary broad background to undertake the M.T.S.E. program. A student without adequate background in specific areas is required to demonstrate proficiency in prerequisite courses; an abbreviated list is given below. Specific proficiency courses will be detailed for each student at the time of admission to the M.T.S.E. program.

A student may demonstrate proficiency by successfully completing the courses or by demonstrating satisfactory performance in one or more special examinations administered by the department.

Computer science prerequisites

CS 201 (i.e., CS 115 and CS 116 combined, Object Oriented Programming I-II)
CS 401 Introduction to Advanced Studies

Electrical and computer engineering prerequisites

ECE 211 Circuit Analysis IECE 213 Circuit Analysis II
ECE 308 Signals and Systems
MATH 252 Introduction to Differential Equations
MATH 475 Probability


The M.T.S.E. is a professional masters degree requiring a minimum of 30 credit hours of adviser-approved course-work.

The M.T.S.E. program of studies must include a minimum of 15 credit hours of ECE coursework (excluding short courses and seminars) and a minimum of 12 credit hours of computer science coursework. Four required courses and one elective course from each of the three categories given below must appear on the M.T.S.E. program of studies.

ECE 407 Introduction to Computer Networks AND/OR
ECE 545 Advanced Computer Networks
ECE 513 Communication Engineering Fundamentals
ECE 541 Performance Evaluation of Computers Networks AND/OR
ECE 542 Design and Optimization of Computer Networks
CS 586 Software Systems Architecture
CS 587 Programming Project Management

I. Software Engineering

CS 521 Object-Oriented Information Systems
CS 537 Software Metrics
CS 589 Software Testing and Assurance

II. Telecommunication Systems

ECE 543 Computer Network Security
CS 544 Computer Networks II: Network Services
CS 548 Broadband Networks
CS 555 Analytic Models and Simulation of Computer Systems

III. Telecommunications

ECE 504 Wireless Communication System Design
ECE 514 Digital Communication Principles
ECE 515 Modern Digital Communications
ECE 519 Coding for Reliable Communications

The remaining nine credit hours of coursework may be taken from courses listed above, or other courses approved by the M.T.S.E. adviser. Students without background in communications or software engineering should consider including in their program of studies:

ECE 403 Communication Systems
CS 487 Software Engineering I
CS 450 Operating Systems I
CS 455 Data Communications

Other courses that students in this program typically choose from include:

ECE 437 Digital Signal Processing I
ECE 508 Signal and Data Compression
ECE 511 Analysis of Random Signals
ECE 515 Modern Digital Communications
ECE 565 Computer Vision and Image Processing
ECE 568 Digital Speech Processing
ECE 569 Digital Signal Processing II
ECE 584 VLSI Architectures for Signal Processing and Communications
CS 588 Advanced Software Engineering Development

With adviser approval, the M.T.S.E. program of studies can include up to two credit hours of Master's Seminar (ECE 595, ECE 596). It can also include up to four credit hours of (700-level) short courses.

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