Advanced Graduate Certificate
Management of Broadband Communications & Converged Networks
A multi-disciplinary educational approach to the opportunities and challenges of broadband communications in business & technology.
Broadband communications is the foundation for the new wave of communications and network infrastructure and the basis for emerging services. Technical and business professionals are increasingly called upon to understand, plan and manage complex technological environments. Advances in multiple methods of providing broadband access, such as cable, xDSL, FTTx, and wireless, the introduction of a converged core network architecture and the role of the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), and the emergence of new IP-based services, present tremendous opportunities and challenges. Broadband and content service providers need to plan for converged networks delivering multi-media communications and services. Service creation, delivery, and management as well as the enabling protocols and standards are key concepts to be mastered.
Four courses are necessary to earn the graduate certificate in Management of Broadband Communications & Converged Networks. They are also applicable to a 4 course concentration in the 12 course Master of Science in Telecommunications Management or the 20 course MBA. The Ph.D. program is available for qualified individuals seeking advanced education and research opportunities.
Students must have a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA, complete an application, two letters of recommendation and supply their original undergraduate transcripts. Previous experience in EE, communications engineering, TM 601 & TM 610, or equivalent required.
THE COURSES - FOUR COURSES FOR THE CERTIFICATE
Broadband Networking: Services & Technology - This course provides a broad and comprehensive study of the technologies enabling broadband services and networking. High-speed network access technologies, core-network architectures, and the broadband service environment are the focus of this course. The broadband access technologies of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), cable modem service, optical fiber-based access, and the high-speed wireless technologies of WiFi and WiMAX are examined and differentiated. The core-network technologies of MPLS, RSVP, DiffServe, as well as the services-converging IP Multimedia Sub-system (IMS) are discussed and studied as enabling technologies for broadband services. An overview is provided of key broadband services: VoIP, IPTV, streaming video and Video on Demand. The course concludes with a discussion of the opportunities and threats posed to service providers and the communications industry by the emerging disruptive technologies of broadband networking.
Additional course options are available from the electrical engineering and computer science departments. Please consult with your assigned faculty advisor.