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2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Apr 15, 2021
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]


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Students who have graduated from a Master’s program may pursue a certificate in Telecommunications.

In consultation with an advisor, students project a Plan of Study to meet their specific interests or needs, and these plans may change as the program proceeds. Students may select graduate-level courses in other departments within the University as well as at Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education-cooperating institutions. Admission to all courses is contingent upon meeting course prerequisites and is subject to the advisor’s approval.


Candidates for the Telecommunications certificate must complete the following requirements:

  • A total of 24 credits in graduate-level courses acceptable to the advisor and passed with a grade point average of at least B (3.00 on a 4.00 scale)
  • Fifteen of the 24 credits must be taken from among the approved courses for the MST degree program.

Course work must be completed within a period of four calendar years from the student’s initial registration in the certificate program.

Admissions Requirements

The following are requirements and prerequisites for admission to the certificate program.

A MS degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Science, Telecommunications, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related field with a scholastic average of a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better

All applicants must submit:

  • Official transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s aptitude and motivation to pursue studies at a level beyond the bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

Applicants must have successfully completed at least one three-credit college course with a grade of B or better in each of the following:

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