Residential and Online Graduate Program Overview
The J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems 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 includes network theory and infrastructure, quality of service, network assurance and security, network services and IT integration, broadband, and wireless communications. Management/Policy topics include strategy, lifecycle management, IT governance and compliance, government regulation, competition and market structure, international telecommunications, and social/ethical issues. 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.
The degree is offered in two formats:
The residential program is taught to students attending class at Ohio University’s main campus in Athens, Ohio. The remote attendance program is taught to students who login remotely to specific ITS residential classes from an internet connected device located in the United States. The remote attendance program is not offered to students at international locations.
For the online program, courses will be delivered live to each student’s remote location. Students will supply a computer with browser, camera, headset and have access to a high‐speed internet connection. Students will be “in‐class” simultaneously with both residential and other remotely attending students. Your location can be at home, office, or any other location of your choice.
University financial aid is not available to students in the remote attendance program. However, university financial aid is typically available each academic year for residential students who render graduate research and/or teaching assistance to ITS faculty. The available financial aid is offered to residential program applicants based on the strength of their graduate application. Typically, not all residential students are offered financial aid.
The Residential program is geared for completion in 3 semesters (about 1 year and 4 months). The Remote Attendance program is geared for completion in 4 semesters and 1 summer term (about 1 year and 9 months). However, these completion times are the minimum program completion times. Actual completion time is dependent on: (1) residential or remote student status, (2) academic preparation/level of industry experience, (3) selected pace of the student, and (4) type of degree culmination – thesis, comprehensive exam, or professional project. To finish the remote attendance program in the minimum time requires completion of 2 courses per semester, and 1 course in the summer term.
Core courses provide a background in both technology and management/policy. By the end of the first semester of enrollment, students select one of two telecommunication and networking system tracks (technology or policy) and design with their advisor specialty and cognate coursework to meet the students’ educational and career objectives.
"The online courses have exceeded my expectations. It is just like being in the classroom with the other students. The technology provided has been fantastic and very easy to use. It has also been a great benefit to have the lectures posted online for review after the class is over. The coursework has already helped me in my Engineering role at my current job. I took a research class which has helped me prepare for upcoming projects
and a wireless course which relates directly to my job duties. The instructors have done a good job of engaging the online students and keeping us involved. I look forward to continuing my education and completing my degree through the online Master's program."
"I am able to apply the knowledge I am gaining in the Information and Telecommunication Systems graduate program immediately to resolve complex technology issues."
Director of Telecommunications
"The online course offerings from Ohio University for the ITS Masters degree have been a blessing. Since I left the campus of Ohio University, I've often pondered if I had left just a year too soon. Being able to join the online classes in the evenings still allows me to gain access to the quality education that is unparalleled by other universities and reminds me that being a Bobcat is a tradition. The knowledge I gained as an undergrad at OU positioned me well in today's workforce. The continuing education I receive from the Master's program polishes those academic foundations and gives me more breadth to those foundations previously laid. Sure, other organizations offer similar programs, but there is only one Ohio University experience."
Clinton Swart, PMP
The Metropolitan Washington Council
Washington DC 20002
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