Students are awarded the degree after the successful completion of core, specialization, cognate, and culminating experience courses (9 courses total, 36 semester credit hours).
Core (4 courses): Core courses ensure the student is well versed in both the technology and policy aspects of communication network and information systems, telecommunication carriers, and enterprise voice and data networks. The program includes four (4) mandatory core courses from the School of Information and Telecommunication Systems.
Electives (3 courses): Specialization elective courses are geared toward establishing either communication technology or policy as the student's principal area of emphasis. Students take three (3) electives from the pool of electives offered by the School of Information and Telecommunication Systems. Not all electives are offered in the remote attendance program.
Cognate (4 credit hours): The Cognate requirement is intended to enrich and further focus the student's interests and expertise by either pursuing related coursework outside the School of Information and Telecommunication Systems or by taking additional coursework within the School, either additional policy courses for those emphasizing technology or additional technical courses for those emphasizing policy. Possible cognate areas outside the School include engineering, computer science, mathematics, finance, management, marketing, economics, interpersonal communication, and political science. ITS courses are 4 credit hours. More than one course is required if the student takes courses less than 4 credit hours. Previous graduate credit transferred to Ohio University may be considered for cognate credit.
Culminating Experience (1 course): The culminating experience involves the completion of either a Thesis, Professional Project, or Comprehensive Examination. Students take either a thesis, professional project, or readings course, depending on their selection of culminating experience.