MBA with a Network & Communications Management Concentration
“To succeed as a pre-sales engineer, you have to understand a variety of technologies.”
- Thomas Bieser, DeVry University and Keller Alumnus
MBA in Network & Communications Management
As technology for telecommunication networks evolves, so does the demand for skilled professionals within network and communications management. Our MBA in Network & Communications Management — just one of 17 concentrations that can enhance your Keller MBA degree program — can help you achieve the qualifications and skills required to pursue business leadership opportunities in this growing, high-tech field.
Our MBA in Network & Communications Management addresses the wide-ranging implications of the telecommunications industry, as well as the role of current technologies, including IP telephony, mobile communications, the web and local and wide area networks. By drawing on the professional experience of our faculty and developing a comprehensive knowledge of the field of network and communications management, you can gain access to a career path that's essential in the business climate of today.
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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 90+ 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 90+ campus locations, take all of your graduate courses online or even do a combination of both.
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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†
MBA with a Concentration in Network & Communications Management1
- Total Required Credit Hours: 48
- Number of Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Courses: 16
- Tuition per Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Course: $2,298
- Textbook and Materials Expense2: $2,800
Note: Tuition for Canadian residents enrolled in U.S.-based programs delivered online is charged in Canadian dollars at rates shown.
† Effective beginning July 2012.
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.
MBA in Network & Communications Management Graduation Requirements
Total program length varies based on the number of courses taken per 8-week session. That means that if you take 1 class per session, you could complete your degree program in as few as 32 months.
- Total credit hours: 48
- Required program: 30
- Network & Communications Management concentration: 12
- Elective: 6
MBA in Network & Communications Management Coursework
Required program courses (30 credit hours)
We've designed the core program courses in our MBA to provide you with the fundamentals to make an impact in the business world. See MBA Required Program Courses for a list of required coursework.
Network & Communications Management concentration courses (12 credit hours)
The concentration coursework is designed to further focus your MBA curriculum to better prepare you for success in a specific field or industry. To add a concentration to your MBA degree program, you may choose courses totaling 12 credit hours from the following list:
Click on a course name below for its full description.
- 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
- Wireless Technologies (NETW561) - 3 credit hours
- This course provides an in-depth understanding of wireless technologies and their application within the organization. It addresses essentials of radio frequency, spectrum allocation and usage, and current regulation. Topics include first (1G) through fourth generation (4G) applications, including cellular, PCS and wireless local area network (WiFi); and the current and future state of voice, data and video communication. Students gain perspective on how wireless technologies fit into an overall wireless industry and market, as well as on current management challenges. Prerequisite: NETW589
- Wireless Devices and Applications (NETW562) - 3 credit hours
- This course introduces an array of wireless devices, including laptops, PDAs, cellular telephones and "all-in-one" devices. Current applications of these devices, as well as potential future uses, are examined. Using such devices in both standalone and integrated network arenas is addressed, with specific focus on interoperability. Ways in which wireless devices are driving the evolution of business practices are also examined. Prerequisite: MIS589
- Wireless Networks (NETW563) - 3 credit hours
- This course introduces tools needed to understand and implement wireless networks. Topics include installation and configuration of wireless hardware and software, radio frequency (RF) fundamentals, 802.11 network architecture, capacity planning, use of wireless broadcast and cellular systems, antennas and accessories, power management, wireless local area network security, wireless device network integration and troubleshooting. Prerequisite: MIS589
- Management of Wireless Systems (NETW564) - 3 credit hours
- This course focuses on managing and operating wireless networks. Topics include QoS, resource management, outsourcing, training, financial considerations, and performance measurement and optimization. Also covered are system documentation and reports pertaining to RF network performance, IP management, network configuration, and system growth and capacity status. Students gain knowledge of charging and revenue assurance in a wireless network. Prerequisite: NETW589
- Strategic Management of Technology (NETW583) - 3 credit hours
- This course addresses the need for managers to understand and manage technology needed to successfully compete in an increasingly sophisticated business environment. Topics include identifying technological competencies, the evolution of technology, designing and managing systems for technological innovation, integrating technology into the organization, sourcing technology and managing new product development. No prerequisite
- 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
Elective courses (6 credit hours)
You can take your electives in a variety of career fields. Students may choose any electives for which they meet the prerequisites. Download the Academic Catalog and view "Course Offerings" for a complete list of courses that could satisfy your elective requirements.
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How many programs does Keller offer?
Keller offers a wide range of graduate degree programs — an MBA with 17 concentrations, 7 Specialized Master's Degree Programs and 13 Graduate Certificates — in important business fields from accounting and finances to information systems and human resources.
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 a concentration?
Some master's degree programs at Keller (including our MBA degree program) allow you to further focus your degree by taking elective courses in a specific subject area, often applicable to one or several career fields. This area is called a "concentration."