Jun 20, 2024  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Information and Telecommunication Systems - MITS

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This program will not be accepting applications during the 2020-21 academic year.

Master of Information and Telecommunication Systems

Information and Telecommunication Systems – MI5366

J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies
Scripps College of Communication
Schoonover Center, Room 360
Athens, OH 45701

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring

Program Overview

The J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies offers the Master of Information and Telecommunication Systems (MITS), a professional or research interdisciplinary degree focusing on the technical and strategic issues related to telecommunication and information technologies, systems and services. Principal focus is on voice and data networks, with special emphasis on the interaction of technology and management/policy issues in the successful design, deployment, and operation of complex networks and information systems.

Technology topics include network theory and infrastructure, software defined infrastructure, Internet of Things, quality of service, network assurance and security, network services and IT integration, broadband, and wireless communications. Management/Policy topics include telecommunications market strategy, lifecycle management, data privacy and compliance. Perspectives include those of network system and service providers, consumers, policy makers, and IT managers. Industry perspectives include telecommunication carriers, communication system equipment vendors, and enterprise voice and data network providers.

Students taking the normal load of 3 courses per semester complete the program in three regular semesters plus one summer.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to explain the theory and principles of information and telecommunication technologies.
  • Students will be competent in the professional practices associated with information and telecommunication technologies.
  • Students will be able to read and comprehend complex communication technology and policy research and reports.
  • Students will be able to conduct information and telecommunication technology research and will be able to write technical reports. Those electing the thesis option will be able to write scholarly papers.
  • Students will have the skills to be key decision makers in professional settings such as those associated with telecommunications carriers, information systems providers, equipment suppliers, or IT departments.

Opportunities for Graduates

Employers value the comprehensive nature of the MITS degree, and graduates are pursuing careers as network engineers, computer network specialists, utility analysts, project managers, software engineers, and telecom analysts at a host of companies.

MITS graduates have found opportunities at such companies as AT&T, Verizon Business, Cisco Systems, Progressive Insurance, Time Warner, Microsoft, PowerNet Global, HSBC Bank, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Graduates have also moved on to further graduate study after completing the MITS.

Further Information

Link to Program: www.ohio.edu/mcclure

Link to Program Handbook:  Contact Dr. Julio Aráuz (arauz@ohio.edu)

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate coursework which includes the study of Information and Telecommunication Systems, or Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Engineering, Economics, Public Administration, Political Science, or related areas is strongly recommended. Undergraduate coursework should include at least one statistics course.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) earned for all undergraduate or graduate course work.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Section. The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) can be substituted for the GRE if taken prior to the application date. The GRE can be waived for established professionals (contact our School for details); however, GRE/GMAT scores are mandatory if an applicant wishes to be considered for financial assistance.
  • A Personal Goal Statement
  • A Resume
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements 

Complete a minimum of 36 credit hours as follows:

Cognate Courses

Complete a minimum of 4 additional hours from ITS or from courses taken outside the department (e.g. Engineering, Mathematics, Business Economics, etc.).

ITS 6910 may fulfill this requirement.

Culminating Experience

Students must complete one of the following options:

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