Your ESE Department Contact:

Irene Tan
Graduate Program Coordinator
Office: Room 203 Moore
Phone: 215-898-9390
Email: irenet@seas.upenn.edu

 

TCOM Master's Degree Requirements

**Note to PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS: The TCOM program will come to a close in 2013/14 and applications are no longer being accepted for this program.   If you are interested in applying to a master's program in Electrical & Systems Engineering, we encourage you to explore other programs in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or the related programs in Robotics or Embedded Systems.

Current Telecommunications and Networking students take courses in various departments in addition to specially designed TCOM courses. Courses cover a broad range of telecommunications and networking issues while reinforcing a systems approach.

Course Requirements

Students must complete 10 course units as outlined in the M.S.E. in Telecommunications and Networking Course Planning Guide (CPG):

The Department provides a page detailing how to access course information here. For the most up-to-date course offerings, please visit the University Registrar site.

Please note, all program students must obtain a minimum of a 2.7 GPA in order to graduate with their M.S.E. degree.

Program Duration

Full-time master's students can complete their degree between one to two years.  If students take four courses in both the fall and spring semesters and take two summer courses, they may be able to finish their degree in one calendar year.  Students may also opt to take three courses for two terms and four courses for one term to graduate in 1.5 years or to take three courses per term and one course in their final term to graduate in two years. 

Please note: in compliance with federal immigration regulations, international students are not eligible to be registered for less than three courses per term unless eligible for a reduced courseload status (see the International Student and Scholar Services website for details).

Master's Thesis Option

A Master's Thesis (ESE 597) is optional but recommended for students wishing to pursue doctoral studies.  Students are encouraged to take two course units of thesis research in order to maximize the opportunity to engage in research.  Please see here for guidelines on thesis preparation.