MS in Network Engineering and Management

Master of Science Winter & Spring 2012-2013

Network Engineering and Management

The MS in Network Engineering and Management trains professionals to meet current industry demands for innovative network designs and the development of new network applications and services for business enterprises and the network providers that serve them. This program offers theoretical and applied study of the design, configuration and management of converged communication networks. Students completing this degree program have a thorough understanding of the technical and operational aspects of networks as well as the foundational theory of voice/data communications and network management.

After completing a common set of foundation courses, students can specialize in a variety of technical areas including network protocols, analysis, management, and security on both wired and wireless network infrastructures. Students can gain experience with network devices and servers in lab facilities focused on enterprise network, security, and multimedia network services. Through a combined emphasis on both theory and hands-on laboratory experiences, students gain expertise in a variety of specialized networking technologies, including the Internet, private network, and local area network arenas. Students who do not already have industry certifications in networking will also be guided by their faculty advisor through the process of selection and testing to pursue these certifications after appropriate coursework has been completed. Students acquire a broad range of skills including:

  • A solid foundation in network design and operations
  • A thorough understanding of security issues on both wired and wireless networks
  • A comparative analysis of current carrier network service offerings, with an understanding of the service level vs. pricing tradeoffs inherent in each service
  • A detailed understanding of the function, operations and management of network infrastructure components, including routers, switches, access points, and servers
  • A strategic view of future networking trends in the Internet, wireless, security and local network services arenas

Learn more about admission to this program.

Online Learning Options
This degree can be completed entirely online. CDM online degrees are delivered mostly through COL-enabled courses, although other delivery technologies are also used. If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. To complete this degree a student may take any combination of online and on campus courses. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours in addition to any required introductory courses of the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of B- or better in each introductory course of the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of B- or better in each foundation course. If a student receives a grade below B- but better than or equal to a C- for a foundation course, the student is given an option to take a course-specific core competency exam to pass the failed course. If the student fails the exam, the student must retake the failed course. The student can take an exam only once for each failed course.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all courses beyond the introductory courses and foundation courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of *52 graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.
    *53 graduate credit hours required for MS Information Systems.

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.


Course Requirements
Introductory Courses
Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions:
  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student passes a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area.
TDC 405 Voice and Data Network Fundamentals
TDC 411 Introduction to Computer and Network Systems
TDC 413 Introduction to Lan and Wan
Foundation Courses
TDC 460 Foundations of Network Technologies
TDC 463 Computer Networks and Data Systems
TDC 464 Converged Multimedia Networks
By taking these courses and receiving a grade of B- or better in each, the student will have completed the requirements of the Foundation Courses. If a student receives a grade below B- but better than or equal to C- for a Foundation course, the student is given an option to take a course-specific core competency exam to pass the failed course. If the student fails the exam, the student must retake the failed course. The student can take an exam only once for each failed course. There is no other core examination in the Foundation Courses.

Students in the Foundation Courses may register for a maximum of four Advanced Courses.

Advanced Courses
TDC 477 Network Security
TDC 511 Telecommunications Practicum
TDC 560 Advanced Network Technologies and Design
TDC 563 Protocols and Techniques for Data Networks
Major Elective Courses
Students must complete 3 TDC courses from the range TDC 430 to TDC 599. A minimum of 2 courses must be 500-level.
CDM Open Elective Courses
Students must complete 2 CDM Open Elective Courses. Open Elective Courses are in the range of 421-699 (excluding TDC 425) and must be from the College of CDM. Open Elective Courses must not have been otherwise used to satisfy degree requirements. Credit for courses taken outside of the school will only be given if approved by a faculty advisor. Any course required for the student's concentration but taken as part of the requirements of another degree earned by the student may be waived, but cannot be used for Open Elective credit.
Capstone
TDC 594 Network Capstone