Selecting a Graduate Program

Tim Brown welcomes the incoming students for Fall 2010

You’re considering an important step in your career. Take the time to talk to your advisors, colleagues, friends, and family. Here is some advice from ITP and CU-Boulder as you consider your future…

When you choose a graduate engineering program, make sure it’s one where you will have a lot of engagement with professors who are both PhDs and working professionals, so you get the real-live pulse. Consider whether its curriculum is highly integrated and comprehensive, combining technology, policy, and business, so you get all the skills you need. See if it offers a lab-rich environment so you have real-world application. Choose a program that can help you become a multi-faceted professional so that you can learn to manage and navigate the intense and rapidly changing area of communication networks.

Remember that the process of finding the right telecom program may take a year, so start your search for a program early. Look for schools with interdisciplinary approaches and that offer not only traditional engineering master’s degrees but also allow multiple areas of emphases in the degree so that you’ll stand out in the job market.

Your career prospects may be strongest if you combine together knowledge of several areas of focus. Remember that leaders are expected to know about business and management; policy and regulation; and technology as well—and also to have strong writing and communications skills. So look carefully at cross-disciplinary programs.

Technologies and industries are emerging quickly and career opportunities are evolving. Our curriculum meets the demands of the most dynamic business sectors, such as telecom, energy, Internet-based businesses, ecommerce, finance, medical, and more.

If you would like to talk with your ITP graduate advisor, or with current students, faculty, or alumni, then send an email to Elizabeth Golder, Deputy Director and Graduate Advisor.