Master of Science in Network Technology

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The Masters in Network Technology (MSNT) degree focuses on technology management, application to practice, and creative problem solving in technology driven industry and business. The program is shaped around the following program objectives.

  • To provide an advanced technology education geared toward the needs of our rapidly-changing global economy.
  • To instill advanced problem-solving skills and technological decision making capabilities in our learners through analytical thinking, applied research, technology development, and productivity improvement
  • To provide a balanced spectrum of technology courses that integrates managerial and technical concepts
  • To prepare graduates for leadership and team membership roles in technology driven enterprises
  • To provide an advanced understanding of the managerial processes and techniques involved with the operation, development, and evaluation of technology systems through analytical projects and research papers involving industry problems and applications
  • To equip students with the necessary skills to conduct technological research and development projects in professional settings
  • To contribute to the development of the skilled workforce that elevates the competitiveness of the technology-based organizations in the state of North Carolina and beyond.

MSNT Concentrations:

Professional Science Masters

Professional Science Masters:

The Master of Science in Network Technology is a part of a nationally recognized set of programs designated as Professional Science Master's (PSM) programs. The PSM program's innovative approach encourages graduate students to pursue advanced training while simultaneously developing workplace skills that are highly valued by employers today. Graduate students who complete the practicum option for degree completion will have the opportunity to incorporate industry-relevant, problem-solving activities into their studies alongside mentors in the field. In addition to receiving a Master of Science degree in Network Technology, graduate students completing the practicum option will also receive a Professional Science Master's designation on their transcripts

Program Requirements

The master of science in network technology is designed to serve the needs of students who possess baccalaureate degrees in networking technology-oriented disciplines. Students take a common set of courses and select one of four concentrations: computer networking management, digital communications technology, information security, or web technologies. The program emphasizes advanced applications in computer networking such as network infrastructure management, networked systems design, network security, and technical problem solving in technology-driven organizations.

The program requires a minimum of 30 s.h. as follows:

Common Core – 15 s.h.

  • ICTN 6823 - Information Security Management
  • ICTN 6878 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Technology
  • ITEC 6000 - Statistical Applications in Technology Management
  • ITEC 6060 - Research Methods in Technology
  • ITEC 6200 - Technology Project Management

Concentrations – 12 s.h.
(Choose one of the following.)

Computer Network Management

Courses in this concentration emphasize advanced technologies used in the design,  implementation, administration, monitoring, optimization, and maintenance of data communication and computer networking systems in industry.

  • ICTN 6865 - Fundamental Network Security
  • ICTN 6875 - Emerging Technology
  • ICTN 6880 - Advanced Topics in Information Infrastructure Design
  • ICTN 6885 - Network Management Technology

Digital Communication Technology

Courses in this concentration emphasize a broad understanding of communication theory and practice in the transmission of digital data, including signal generation, conditioning, transmission, error detection and correction, and the underlying technologies used to retrieve, process, store, and analyze data in organizations.

  • ICTN 6810 - Communication Technology
  • ICTN 6820 - Networking Technology for Industry
  • ICTN 6830 - Advanced Networking Technology
  • ICTN 6840 - Communication Strategies for Industry

Information  Security

Courses in this concentration prepare students to design, deploy, manage, and apply techniques of securing and protecting the integrity and availability of information systems and communication networks in governmental, private, and non-profit organizations.

  • ICTN 6865 - Fundamental Network Security
  • ICTN 6870 - Advanced Network Security
  • ICTN 6873 - Network Intrusion Detection and Incident Response
  • ICTN 6883 - System Integrity for Information Technology

Web Technologies

Courses in this concentration prepare students to design, analyze, configure, implement, and operate web services, computer networks, multimedia objects, data storage systems, and interactive web components for governmental, private, and non-profit organizations.

  • ICTN 6815 - Network Media Services
  • ICTN 6825 - Dynamic Web Services
  • ICTN 6835 - Enterprise Web Services
  • ICTN 6845 - Web Site Development

Options – 3-6 s.h.
(Choose one of the following.)

Thesis - 3 s.h.

The student writes a thesis and presents a seminar based on the thesis research. The thesis proposal and the subsequent thesis must be approved by the student’s advisor and the committee composed of three technology systems faculty members.

  • ICTN 7000 - Thesis
Practicum – 3 s.h.

The student writes a practicum report and presents a seminar based on the report. The practicum project proposal and the subsequent report must be approved by the student’s advisor and the committee composed of three technology systems faculty members.

  • ICTN 6900 - Practicum
Non-Thesis (Comprehensive Exam) – 6 s.h.

The student’s advisor, the graduate program director, and the chair must approve two electives and student’s course of study.

The Master of Science in Network Technology (MSNT) degree is designed to serve the needs of students who possess a baccalaureate degree in industrial technology, technology management, applied engineering, engineering technology and other similar technology oriented disciplines. 

Admission into the Master of Science in Network Technology (MSNT) is accepted for the fall semester, spring semester, and the 11-week summer session.

Application Materials needed for the application includes:

  • Completed application with fee,
  • Official transcripts (guidelines and information),
  • Current resume,
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant’s potential to complete the degree,
  • Written statement of purpose,
  • Official GRE, MAT, or GMAT standardized test scores*.  See below for MSNT GRE waiver options.

Admission information for International students

Interested applicants should forward a resume and unofficial transcripts, if available, to mstechsystems@ecu.edu for consideration prior to submitting an application.

*GRE Waiver – Students applying may request consideration to have the GRE requirement waived based on one of the following considerations:

  • The prospective graduate student has an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher from a regionally accredited institution with a related Baccalaureate degree program;
  • The prospective graduate student is a current member of the ECU Honors College in good standing with a related Baccalaureate degree program and a minimum GPA of 3.3 or higher;
  • The prospective graduate student has completed at least one of the graduate certificates offered within the department with an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher;
  • The prospective graduate student has an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher from a regionally accredited institution with a related Baccalaureate degree program and has accumulated a minimum of 7 years of related professional experience over the past 10 years.

Computer Requirements:

The Department of Technology Systems provides a wide variety of graduate programs in industry and technology fields. Graduate degrees and certificates are provided online and in traditional formats. Most degrees can be completed in two years.

Students who are enrolled in a graduate program at the Department of Technology Systems are recommended to have access to a computer that meets the minimum specifications that are described under the category "Graphic Design PC with OpenGL". The details of the technical requirements can be found in ECU's Computer Purchase section at ECU's Student Stores Ace Initiative web page. Graduate students should read the guide carefully and make sure that their computers comply with the criteria designated under "Graphic Design PC with OpenGL".

Students who are pursuing the thesis track option or conducting practicum projects should consult with their academic advisor to determine the optimum system configuration.