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Are you interested in adding to your undergraduate education with emphasis in more advanced information technology including networking? Would you consider moving into more advanced a leadership position within your current job? Do you want a challenging and rewarding professional career in the technology field?

The master of science in network technology emphasizes advanced topics in computer networking, including network infrastructure, design, simulation, deployment, administration, monitoring, optimization and security. It also focuses on web technologies and services and considers the underlying technologies used to retrieve, process, store and analyze data in organizations. Students learn advanced technical problem-solving skills in high-technology environments. You can choose from one of four areas of concentration: computer networking management, digital communications technology, information security, and web technologies.

ECU Advantage

Technology systems offers unique programs on campus and online using current instructional technologies, state-of-the art remotely accessible laboratories, highly qualified and experienced faculty, and dedicated support personnel. Students have the flexibility to work and take courses online, or come to campus and learn in a more traditional learning environment. Students can pursue one or more areas of concentration within the master's degree program; complement a master's area of concentration with an additional graduate certificate in a different area; pursue thesis, practicum, or course only options; or even pursue dual degrees at ECU.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Te-Shun Chou (206 Science and Technology Building; 252-737-1037; chout@ecu.edu)

Contact Information by Concentration Area:

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:

1. 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
2. Concentrations - 12 s.h.

(Choose one of the following.)

    Computer Networking 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 Communications 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
3. Options - 3-6 s.h.

(Choose one of the following.)

    Thesis option (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 option (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
    Nonthesis option (6 s.h.)

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

    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Computer Network Architects
    • Computer Network Support Specialists

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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