The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (concentration in computer networks and security) program prepares students for careers in wired and wireless secured networked systems.
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Northeastern’s Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (concentration in computer networks and security) incorporates rigorous coursework, hands-on research, and experience-focused projects. You gain the skills needed for careers in wired and wireless secure networked systems, research and development, and academia.
The curriculum is delivered at Northeastern’s Roux Institute in Portland, Maine. Classwork covers technologies for communication networks, including hardware and software aspects. You'll learn about wireless sensor networking, NextG network technologies, internet trends, and smart optimization of networked systems. Students gain critical knowledge of communication and network security, approaches to cybersecurity, malware attacks, side-channel leakage, and hardware/software hardening.
All Roux Institute programs provide content relevant to the urgent and emerging industry needs in Maine and the rapidly evolving regional, national, and global economy. Students can pursue co-ops and virtual Experiential Network projects with the leading Maine employers.
Grow your career in wired and wireless secure networked systems with an advanced degree from Northeastern University that focuses on the future workforce in computer networks and security.
Learn from industry partners and gain career connections with a range of leading employers and organizations.
Build vital experience with access to the world’s largest wireless RF emulation platform and the largest millimeter-wave and terahertz networking platforms in the nation.
Gain a comprehensive knowledge of topics from engineering to policy and standardization through institutional involvement with the International Telecommunication Union, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, and multiple standardization bodies (e.g., O-RAN, IEEE, 3GPP).
Graduate skilled in future network technologies, telecommunication policy, ethical use of security, and with the theoretical and experimental background to tackle the open problems in the networking field.
Students can participate in the research activities of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things (especially through the M.S. Thesis option) and through the connection with dozens of companies in the networking and telecommunication sectors.
By 2023, the number of devices connected to the internet is expected to surpass three times the global population, with more than 70% of that population having access to mobile wireless connectivity.
Wired and wireless networks will require a highly qualified workforce covering all the wireless and network engineering aspects ranging from hardware design and electromagnetic characterization to communication techniques and networking protocols for present and future network generations from 5G to 6G and beyond.
The rapid development and real-world deployments of novel networking technologies favored by enhanced spectrum utilization and policies have an unprecedented impact on job creation. The revolution in technology brought by 5G and 6G wireless network systems alone will affect 100% of the national economy, with a projected creation of 4.6 million jobs by 2034.
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
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Applications received after the stated deadline dates will be accepted and processed as quickly as possible; however it may not be possible to have a decision rendered in time for the applicant to begin taking classes for the desired term if admitted.
Applications submitted by the referenced dates will receive full consideration for the referenced term. Applications received after the referenced dates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research to prepare students for real-world engineering challenges. The cooperative education program, also known as co-op, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a co-op program for graduate students. Through this program, students gain professional industry experience in their field of interest as part of the academic curriculum while employed from four to eight months in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial startups.
In 2019, the Graduate School of Engineering placed nearly 1000 students in co-op positions. We have a team that prepares students for the cooperative education experience through resumé building, developing interview skills, and guiding professional development.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
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