Residential Master’s in ITS

Taught on the Athens Campus of Ohio University, the residential Master of Information and Telecommunication Systems (MITS) is 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.  Admission information.

Technology topics include

  • 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
  • Social/ethical issues

Perspectives include those of

  • Network system and service providers
  • Consumers
  • Policymakers
  • IT managers
  • Telecommunication carriers
  • Communication system equipment vendors

Course of Study

The MITS degree is awarded after the successful completion of 36 credit hours in required coursework:

  • Core courses (4) provide a solid grounding in the technology and policy aspects of communication network and information systems, from the perspective of both telecommunication service provider and enterprise voice and data networks. All core courses are in the School of Information and Telecommunication Systems.
    •  ITS 6250 – Technical Introduction
    •  ITS 6020 – Regulation and Policy Introduction
    •  ITS 6000 – Research Methods
    •  ITS 6440 – Capstone Class
  • Electives (3 courses) deepen your understanding of either communication technology or policy (your choice). You choose from the pool of electives offered by the School of Information and Telecommunication Systems.
  • The Cognate (1 course) is intended to enrich and further focus your interests and expertise. You may take an additional policy or technology course from the School of Information and Telecommunication System, or select courses from another school or college at Ohio University. Possible cognate areas outside the School include engineering, computer science, mathematics, finance, management, marketing, economics, interpersonal communication, and political science.
  • Your Culminating Experience (1 course) involves the completion of a thesis, professional project, or comprehensive examination.
    Professional Project/Thesis:
    You do not have to wait until registered for Professional Project or Thesis to identify a project or thesis topic.
    Project: Some international students go on CPT identify a work related project.
    Thesis: Some students suggest topics to faculty; others ask faculty if they have any potential project or theses topics.
       ⋅    A project or thesis culminates in a written report.
    Project: A study, a system/sub-system that you developed or tested, or a problem solution. You must be the person doing the work. You cannot use work that was done with others. You can use a task you perform within a large project, as long as the work is yours. Register for 4 hours project credit.
    Thesis: A research paper with a literature review and research problems.  Strongly recommended if you ever plan on a doctorate. Register for 4 hours thesis credit.
    Comprehensive Exam:
    •  Register for Reading Course-ITS 6935
    Receive information from faculty along with learning objectives
    Take 7-question, 7-hour written exam in Athens (offered November and April of each year)
    Pass/fail grade

The program is designed to be completed in three semesters (about 16 months). Completion time depends on your level of preparation, pace of study, and choice of degree culmination. Here is an example of a three-semester plan of study:

Fall Semester (12 credits)

Spring Semester (12 credits)

Fall Semester (12 credits)

Admission information.

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