Telecommunications Engineering Colleges, Schools and Universities

Telecommunications engineers design and oversee the installation of equipment and devices that allow people to communicate. Often found within electrical engineering programs, telecommunications engineering programs prepare graduates for careers in data and wireless communication, network architecture and telecommunications.

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How to Select Telecommunications Engineering Colleges, Schools and Universities

Individuals looking to enter the field of telecommunications engineering typically begin by earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with a major or concentration in telecommunications engineering. Students looking for a telecommunications engineering school should first look for schools that offer this specific concentration.

Bachelor's degree studies in telecommunications engineering typically include classes in networking technology, networking management, data analysis, networking design and switching technology. Students who want to specialize in an aspect of telecommunications should examine its curriculum of the electrical and telecommunication engineering programs to make sure it matches their overall career goals.

Because telecommunications engineers must know the latest technologies, it's important to select a telecommunications engineering program that continuously updates the curriculum to include the latest technological advancements. Telecommunications engineering labs are crucial hands-on learning venues, so it's wise to choose schools with labs that include a variety of telecommunications devices, testing equipment and software.

The duties of telecommunications engineers include project budgeting, cost analysis and keeping records of repairs, equipment and facilities. For this reason, students should consider telecommunications engineering colleges that include business and project management courses.

Students who desire a telecommunications management career should scrutinize colleges that offer a master's degree in the field. It's a good idea to focus on master's degree programs that combine management courses and advanced telecommunications engineering labs. Courses in master's degree programs often include telecommunications networking principles, telecommunications regulations, network engineering, WAN/LAN design, technology management, organizational behavior and research management.

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Arizona State University67,0824-year, Public
Ohio State University53,7154-year, Public
University of Florida51,4744-year, Public
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities51,1404-year, Public
University of Texas at Austin49,9844-year, Public
Texas A&M University48,0394-year, Public
Michigan State University46,5104-year, Public
University of South Florida46,1894-year, Public
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus44,4064-year, Public
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign43,2464-year, Public
University of Wisconsin-Madison41,5204-year, Public
Purdue University-Main Campus41,4334-year, Public
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor41,0284-year, Public
University of Seattle-Washington Campus39,6754-year, Public
Florida International University38,7594-year, Public
University of California-Los Angeles38,2204-year, Public
University of Arizona38,0574-year, Public
California State University-Long Beach37,8914-year, Public
Florida State University36,6824-year, Public
Temple University35,4904-year, Public
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