Masters Certificates

Student presents at ITP fall challenge 2011

You can earn Master’s Certificates from ITP as part of your degree program, and you can also earn a certificate before enrolling in a degree program.

Starting on a certificate before enrolling in ITP is a great way to prepare, meet other students, get to know faculty, and enhance your career.

By integrating Master’s Certificates into your degree program, you can acquire the full set of skills that you need to succeed in today’s top companies and agencies. By adding a certificate to your current career, without enrolling in a degree program, you can add a new dimension and new opportunities to your life.

ITP offers Master’s Certificates in:

Energy Communication Networks

If Thomas Edison were alive, he could still take credit for our power grid—even today—because it’s similar to what he and Westinghouse envisioned. But the time has arrived for us to surpass those geniuses. Edison and Westinghouse lacked the two-way network and communications technologies that we have. With those information technologies, our electricity grid is poised to get “smarter.” ITP can teach you the skills you need to evolve as the grid evolves and enjoy a career in one of the most exciting and dynamic fields.

Overview

The energy utilities are facing the retirement of 50% of their engineering and management employees in the next 10 years. Simultaneously, the energy industry is rocked by a dramatic shift in the technologies and policies that define their business. New technologies for distributed generation, communications and control, facilities automation, renewable energy sources, and operational management are all changing workforce requirements. There are exciting opportunities for a new generation of leaders who understand networking, wireless communication, and security in the context of the energy industry.

The certificate covers fundamentals of communication systems, data communications, energy systems, and smart grid technologies. The curriculum consists of four required courses:

TLEN 5310 (3): Telecommunications Systems
TLEN 5330 (3): Data Communications 1
TLEN 5580 (3): Energy Communication Networks
ECEN 5107 (3): Electric Power Grid (formerly ECEN 5007 Energy Systems)

Students who have advanced experience in one or more of these classes may make substitutions as noted below.  ECN certificate students must receive substitution approval in advance.

Substitutes for TLEN 5310:

TLEN 5350 Commercial Spaceflight Operations & Communications
TLEN 5470 Signaling Protocols
TLEN 5480 Intro to Optical Fiber Communication
TLEN 5510 Wireless and Cellular Communications
TLEN 5520 Wireless LANs
TLEN 5560 Wireless Systems Lab

Substitutes for TLEN 5330:

TLEN 5400 Network Design and Optimization
TLEN 5410 Network Management and Operations
TLEN 5430 Data Communications 2
TLEN 5460 Telecommunications Lab
TLEN 5530 Applied Network Security
TLEN 5540 Network Security Lab
TLEN 5550 Foundation of Computer and Network Security
TLEN 5570 IP Network Design

 

Benefits

Develop critical competencies in 12-18 months. Courses delivered both on campus and via asynchronous distance learning. Graduate credit earned can apply towards a Master's in Telecommunications or a Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Interact with an industry-diverse and world-wide student body.

Scholarships are available for domestic students in spring 2014.

Network Architecture

Network architecture/IP Networks stands at the center of industry today. This is a hands-on field that can teach you industry-relevant skills and enable you to leapfrog into a career as an advanced network engineer. You can work for telecom companies; network vendors such as Cisco and Level 3; Web 2.0 companies such as eBay and Google; emerging and start-up companies that you may not have heard of yet; and more. The skills you learn from ITP will prepare you for a wide range of companies and certifications and to work with an impressive range of networks.

Overview

The study of Network Architecture incorporates the designing of communications solutions based on a myriad of systems including theoretical and hands on experience. 

  • What happens behind the wall jack or wireless access point to which users connect?
  • How does data travel along a business intranet?
  • What happens after the data is delivered to your service provider?
  • How does the service provider transport information to the destination, and what are the challenges of running applications across the entire network?  

This certificate covers a wide range of topics and includes not only the fundamentals of how networks operate or how to configure these networks, but also how to approach network design in a practical manner. Topics range from technical theory to industry best practices. The curriculum consists of two required core courses and two electives.

Core Courses

TLEN 5330 Data Communications 1
TLEN 5460 Telecommunications Systems Lab

Electives (choose two)

TLEN 5430 Data Communications 2
TLEN 5340 VoIP Network Design
TLEN 5370 IP Routing Protocols (classroom only)
TLEN 5400 Network Design and Optimization
TLEN 5410 Network Management and Operations
TLEN 5440 Multimedia Networking
TLEN 5462 Advanced Telecommunications Lab (classroom only)
TLEN 5470 Signaling Protocols
TLEN 5490 Network Programming
TLEN 5570 IP Network Design (classroom only)
TLEN 5832 Network Performance and Analysis
CSCI 5273 Network Systems

Students may be exempted from enrolling in TLEN 5330 or TLEN 5460 with the successful completion of a written examination. (Students exempted from TLEN 5330 will be eligible to fulfill the the certificate with nine credit hours of study.) Students who are exempted from enrolling in TLEN 5460 will be required to replace the course by enrolling in TLEN 5462. 

Benefits

  • Develop critical competencies in 12 - 18 months

  • Most courses delivered through both on campus and via asynchronous, distance learning (however, some hands-on coursework might require on-campus attendance)

  • Graduate Credit earned can apply toward a Masters' in Telecommunication or a Masters' in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  • Interaction with an industry-diverse and world-wide student body

  • Training uses commercially available products and students could potentially complement their certificate by seeking out some vendor specific credentials.

Information

All certificate courses must be passed with a grade of B or better. The Network Architecture advisor can provide guidance for any questions you may have.

Telecommunications Policy

Technology is governed by an elaborate, complex, and changing system of rules and laws. ITP can prepare you to navigate that system to make companies thrive. It can also prepare you to work for the government agencies developing regulations in many countries at this critical time for the field. The interactions between technology companies and government are fundamental to success. If you can understand telecom policy, you will have opportunities with a wide variety of companies and agencies.

Overview

The Telecommunications industry must consider the policy, law, and economics that govern best practices.

  • How do these affect the technical advances in network equipment and user trends?

  • What are the legal pitfalls that must be avoided?

  • How can one navigate the regulatory landscape to best design, deploy, and use telecommunications technology?

The Certificate will provide expertise in the complex and continually changing legal, political, and regulatory dynamics that characterize the communications industry. The curriculum consists of two core courses and two advanced policy courses.

Core Courses

TLEN 5010 Network Economics and Finance 1
TLEN 5210 Principles of Telecommunications Policy

Elective Courses (select two)

TLEN 5020 Antitrust and Regulation (formerly titled- Economics of Competition Policy)
TLEN 5160 Information Technologies and Communications
TLEN 5230 Spectrum Management and Policy
TLEN 5240 Telecom Law & Policy
TLEN 5245 Introduction to Intellectual Property 

TLEN 5250 Technology Law & Policy Clinic (classroom only)
TLEN 5255 Computer Crime Seminar
TLEN 5270 Antitrust Law
TLEN 5380 The Future of Video: Technology, Policy and Economics (View Syllabus)
TLEN 5832 Privacy, Security, and Digital Rights Management
TLEN 5833 Law for the Information Age
TLEN 5833 Law & Economics of Utility Regulation
 

In addition, we often offer special topics courses related to policy. Please contact the policy advisor to identify options.

Benefits

  • Develop critical competencies in 12 - 18 months.

  • Courses delivered both on campus and via asynchronous, distance learning.

  • Graduate credit earned can apply toward a Master's in Telecommunications or a Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  • Interaction with an industry-diverse and world-wide student body.

Information

Students currently seeking the Masters' degree who choose advanced policy options as part of their electives can earn this certificate without any additional coursework beyond that required for the MS degree. All courses must be completed with a grade of B or better to be used towards the certificate. Contact the policy advisor with any additional questions or for help choosing certificate courses.

Computer and Network Security

Have you ever felt a moment of panic when you thought the security of one of your online accounts had been breached? Executives at top companies and agencies know that feeling well and need people with the skills to protect their companies. Security is one of the most important issues today. It’s not just for the military; network security experts are needed throughout all industries, and security is a multidisciplinary problem.

The Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program has certified that University of Colorado at Boulder courseware meets all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standards for: Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011 and System Administrators (SA), CNSSI No. 4013 Entry Level.

Overview

To understand network security requires more than simply taking an introductory course on network security; it requires a comprehensive understanding of not only how networks operate but also how users behave on the network. Simply designing a technically secure network fails to appreciate the social engineering vulnerabilities facing modern networks. To actually protect networks requires a detailed and well-executed process, one that includes substantial technical, behavioral, economic, accounting, and policy understanding. Therefore, students must gather a wide range of training and experiences to truly understand what is required to secure a network.

The certificate covers a wide range of topics and includes not only the fundamentals of how networks operate and how to secure these networks, but also how to approach security in a practical manner. Security issues and topics range from technical theory to legal procedures. The curriculum consists of two required core courses and two electives:

Core Courses

TLEN 5530 Applied Network Security 
TLEN 5540 Network Security Lab

Electives (2 of the following required)

TLEN 5410 Network Management and Operations
TLEN 5462 Advanced Telecommunications Lab (security projects only)
TLEN 5470 Signaling Protocols
TLEN 5832 Privacy, Security and Digital Rights Management
TLEN 5832 Mobile Security
TLEN 5834 Information Privacy
TLEN 5255 Computer Crime Seminar
CSCI 6268 Computer and Network Security cross listed / TLEN 5550 
CSCI 7000 Cryptography (Last offered Spring 2010)
ECEN 5022 Cryptography (Last offered Spring 2008)

Substitute for Network Security Lab

TLEN 5833 Mobile Security

In addition, we frequently offer special topics courses related to security. Please contact the Computer and Network Security Advisor to identify options.

Benefits

  • Develop critical competencies in 12 - 18 months.

  • Courses delivered both on campus and via asynchronous, distance learning.

  • Graduate credit earned can apply toward a Master's in Telecommunications or a Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  • Interaction with an industry-diverse and world-wide student body.

Information

If you need advice in finding course options to complete your certificate, please contact the current Computer and Network Security Advisor.

Wireless Networks and Technology

Our world is going wireless. You can be a part of that transition. ITP will teach you to understand the latest wireless systems and protocols. Wireless technology becomes more important every day, and the opportunities for people who know how to advance the field are abundant. ITP offers a lab-rich experience and extensive interactions with faculty members and classmates and can put your hands on the pulse of these quickly emerging technologies.

Overview

Wireless is everywhere. There are almost twice as many cell phones in the world today than there are wireline service connections. Cell phone users not only make billions of phone calls, but last year they sent 135 billion text messages from their cell phones. Wireless LANs and hotspots are gaining ground in the marketplace, and new wireless technologies and standards are being developed to further advance the wireless world.
 
There is a continuing need for personnel who understand wireless technologies. Network administrators and technicians must know what a given product can and cannot do, how to select the right product, how to deploy a reliable wireless network, how different wireless products might interact, and the security and vulnerability characteristics of wireless networks.  Higher level management should understand the regulatory and legal aspects of owning and operating wireless networks as well as the cost-benefit tradeoffs between wireless vs. non-wireless options. Managers should also understand the opportunities now offered by new-generation (3G) cell phone technologies in maintaining contact with mobile employees.
 
The certificate program covers a range of wireless and LAN issues, and includes topics ranging from technical theory to legal procedures. It is designed to satisfy the needs of working professionals and students with technical, legal, or business backgrounds.  The curriculum consists of two required core courses and two electives.

Core Courses

TLEN 5510 Wireless and Cellular Communications
TLEN 5520 Wireless LANs

Electives

TLEN 5230 Spectrum Management and Policy
TLEN 5260 Law for the Information Age
TLEN 5350 Commercial Spaceflight Operations & Communications
TLEN 5440 Multimedia Networking
TLEN 5470 Signaling Protocols
TLEN 5560 Wireless Systems Lab (classroom only) (View Syllabus)

TLEN 5832 Seminar: Software Defined Radio
TLEN 5834 Standards: Business, Law, Policy
TLEN 5839 Cognitive Radios
ECEN 5692 Principles of Digital Communication
CSCI 5273 Network Systems
ASEN 5090 Intro to Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Benefits

  • Develop critical competencies in 12 - 18 months.

  • Courses delivered both on campus and via asynchronous, distance learning.

  • Graduate credit earned can apply toward a Master's in Telecommunications or a Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  • Interaction with an industry-diverse and world-wide student body.

Admission Requirements

Admission to our certificate programs is open to all, and non-degree seeking students may enroll and take courses through the process outlined on the Center for Advanced Engineering and Technology Education (CAETE) website.  Current degree students may also complete certificates as part of their studies in our Master's degree programs.

Students entering the certificate programs should be professionally familiar with data networks and/or telecommunications networks.

If students lack the professional or educational background, they should take one or both of the following courses and pass with a 3.0 GPA or better before enrolling in either certificate program.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Certification Application Form

    Applicants must send the form and the following to Elizabeth Golder

    • an undergraduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable),
    • a resume,
    • and a 1-2 page statement of purpose.
  2. Complete the applicable registration forms available on the CAETE website

Certificate Granting Requirements

ITP Students who have successfully completed and and received grades for the four courses in the applicable certificate course list with a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible to receive the certificate. To receive the certificate, complete the Certificate Application Form and send a letter or email to Elizabeth Golder prior to the completion of the fourth course.