Graduate Certificate in Network & Communications Management
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- Steven Barger, Keller Alumnus
Network & Communications Management Graduate Certificate
With the increasing impact of telecommunications on our current business environment, there's a need for credentialed professionals who have both network and communications management skills and technical expertise. With our Network & Communications Management Graduate Certificate, you can choose among our comprehensive selection of courses, benefit from the practical know-how of our experienced professors and develop a background in networking, operations, systems, regulations and information security.
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Graduate Certificate Availability
Learn on campus, online or a mix of both
At Keller, we've integrated on campus and online learning so you can attend any of our 75+ campus locations, take your graduate classes online or do a combination of both.
Study at Keller on campus, online or a mix of both
We give you the flexibility to attend classes at any of our 75+ campus locations, take all of your graduate courses online or even do a combination of both.
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Explore online learning
At Keller, we offer online graduate classes taught with the same focus on personal attention and academic rigor as classes taught on campus. And because courses are offered online, you can schedule working on your education around working on your career not the other way around.
On campus and online
For those students who need the flexibility of studying online to balance work, school and life, but also want a classroom experience, we offer a mix of both on campus and online learning. Take some courses online and some at a location convenient for you, whichever best fits your schedule.
Tuition, fees and expenses†
Network & Communications Management Graduate Certificate1
- Total Required Credit Hours: 21
- Number of Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Courses: 7
- Tuition per Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Course: $2,298
- Textbook and Materials Expense2: $1,225
Note: Tuition for Canadian residents enrolled in U.S.-based programs delivered online is charged in Canadian dollars at rates shown.
† Effective beginning July 2014.
1 Availability varies by location.
2 At average estimated per-course expense for textbooks and materials of $175; average estimated per-course expense does not apply to exam-prep courses, the per-credit-hour cost for which includes textbook and materials expense.
Experience the real value of a graduate education
Not only will you be learning skills that could help you rise to the top of your field, you'll also be gaining a valuable credential that may affect your entire career. A graduate education could change your earning potential, ability to be promoted and more.
There are many scholarships and other financial aid options available for qualifying students that may help make your graduate education more affordable. Click one of the links below for more info.
Network & Communications Management Graduate Certificate Requirements
Total length of the Network & Communications Management Certificate varies based on the number of courses taken per 8-week session. That means that if you take 1 class per session, you could earn your Certificate in Network & Communications Management in as few as 14 months.
Total credit hours: 21
Network & Communications Management Graduate Certificate Coursework
Our Network & Communications Management Certificate coursework is designed so that you can earn the credentials and core competencies you need to move forward in your career. You can earn a standalone graduate certificate or you can transfer the qualifying credit hours toward earning a master's degree.
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Required certificate courses (21 credit hours)
- Networking Concepts and Applications (MIS589) - 3 credit hours
- This course focuses on design, development and operation of a data communications system and computer network, and emphasizes managing data distribution and access. The course includes essential elements of networks including hardware, software and interfaces. Students use a networking software tool to build and analyze network models. No prerequisite
- Principles of Information Security and Privacy (SEC571) - 3 credit hours
- This course provides a broad overview of security in information systems. Covered are various aspects of security in computing, including security threats and controls; basic cryptography and its applications; network intrusion detection and prevention; security administration and planning; anonymity and privacy; legal issues; protection; and ethics. Coursework also examines controls in information systems, and addresses security issues surrounding information systems and computer-generated data. No prerequisite
- Network Security (SEC572) - 3 credit hours
- This course addresses concepts and industry standards of computer networking, including the OSI Reference Model, TCP/IP and network routing concepts, and inherent risks in their use. Also addressed are digital cryptography principles and practices; major electronic email security standards; and methods by which networks may be attacked. Students use a networking software tool to build a secure network, as well as prepare to assist in incident response and management activities in the event of a network breach. Prerequisite: MIS589, or a technical undergraduate degree and/or associated professional experience with preparation equivalent to or beyond MIS589
- Telecommunications Law and Regulation (NETW584) - 3 credit hours
- This course covers the legal and regulatory environment for telecommunications services. Coursework focuses on developing telecommunications law and policy as related to a variety of telecommunications technologies, including the broadcast spectrum of radio and television; cable and satellite; wireline and cellular telephone; and the Internet. Emphasized are the interconnected nature of media, as well as the policy rationale and techniques of government oversight. No prerequisite
- Network Design and Management (NETW585) - 3 credit hours
- This course focuses on technologies and processes used to design, optimize and manage networks. Topics include functions of network standards, protocols and architecture; network design and optimization processes; and network management. Topics also include network design requirements for support of high bandwidth multimedia applications, wireless local area connections and security strategies. Students use a networking software tool to build and simulate network models. Prerequisite: three years' telecommunications experience, an undergraduate telecommunications education, or NETW505 or NETW525
- Wireless Communication Systems (NETW589) - 3 credit hours
- This course provides an essential foundation in core wireless technologies. Topics provide managers with required knowledge of voice and data systems. The current wireless industry, its recent past and emerging systems are explored through real-world projects and practitioner-based case studies. Prerequisite: MIS589
- IP Telephony/VoIP (NETW590) - 3 credit hours
- This course examines technologies that carry voice communications over an IP network, including digitization and packetization of voice streams. Coursework addresses VoIP standards and protocols such as SIP and H.323 that support creation of telephony systems using advanced VoIP technology applications. Fundamentals of VoIP such as QoS, traffic aggregation issues, bandwidth management and network assessment are also investigated. Prerequisite: MIS589
GET QUICK ANSWERS TO TOP QUESTIONS
What's the average total number of credit hours required for a program?
The total number of credit hours that you'll be required to take varies by program, and our courses average three-semester-credit hours. Our MBA program requires 16 courses, our Specialized Master's Degree Programs require 13 - 15 courses and our Graduate Certificates require 7 - 9 courses.
Do certain programs require more credit hours than others?
Yes, credit hour requirements do vary among degree programs because the course requirements vary among degree programs. Visit the graduate degree program page and click on the degree program that you're interested in to see specific coursework requirements.
What's the difference between a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Specialized Master's Degree and a Graduate Certificate?
These offerings are all graduate-level areas of study, but the main differences are the coursework and required number of credits that you'll need to take. Depending on your career interests and goals, one area of study may be best for you. To find out more about our offerings, contact a member of our team.