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Network and Telecommunications Management

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The Network and Telecommunications Management major prepares professionals to design, manage, and secure the networks and telecommunications systems that are the backbone of the information age.

The Network and Telecommunications Management major provides a well-designed curriculum with in-depth study of cutting-edge networking technologies from both a theoretical and practical perspective. All core networking courses adopt a hands-on learning approach. Our hybrid laboratory environment allows students to complete practical exercises learning how to set up various wired and wireless networks, configure and manage modern cloud data centers, and monitor and secure critical networks and servers.

Our graduates are highly competitive in the job market, employed by leading networking companies and Fortune 500 corporations.

Why Study Network and Telecommunications Management?

Networking is a key foundation of modern society. The skills required to provision networking and to manage and secure various networks are highly demanded.

The field is highly challenging but both satisfying and rewarding, with ample opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge to solve very practical problems that impact people. The program's hands-on learning style and competency-based education make your study full of fun and prepare you well for your career.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Works well in an environment of constant change
  • Critical thinker and problem solver
  • Analyzes information, makes appropriate decisions, and solves problems
  • Design, analyze, and implement different network technologies
  • Research-oriented
  • Writes and speaks proficiently
  • Possesses computational ability
  • Detail-oriented and well organized
  • Good multitasking capabilities
  • Understands networking, network security, various cutting-edge networking technologies, and related software packages and application programs

Being Successful in the Field

  • Having related experience is critical to most employers that hire computer science majors. Obtain an internship, co-op, or part-time job in a relevant area to increase employability.
  • Obtain vendor specific certifications or networking certifications to gain a competitive edge.
  • Complete informational interviews with current computer science professionals to help establish career goals.

Related Fields

  • Network/telecom systems analyst
  • Network and wireless security engineer
  • Cloud systems analyst
  • Network analysts
  • Network engineer
  • Network administrators
  • Mobile and wireless system analysts
  • Network research and development engineers
  • Network/telecom consultant
  • Managers of network engineering

Other Fields

  • Network analyst and engineer
  • Computer software engineers
  • Network security engineer
  • Hacking and security analyst
  • Cyber and wireless security

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Kayfish  110 Student Services Building  (309) 438-0735 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Tal Parmenter  Old Union 302A  (309) 438-3718 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA


Middle 50% GPA

2.48 - 3.11

Required Courses


Recommended Courses

  • IT 168, Structured Problem Solving Using The Computer (IAI CS 911)
  • IT 170, Scripting Languages and Automation, or IT 178, Computer Application Programming (may be fulfilled by IAI CS 912)
  • IT 276, Data Communications

Completing at least IT 168 before transferring is necessary to allow completion of the degree in just 4 semesters following completion of an A.A. or A.S. degree.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Sherry Jerome  Old Union 302D  (309) 438-2801 

Middle 50% GPA

2.48 - 3.11

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

Always available.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Major Requirements

  • A basic knowledge in telecommunications technologies
  • A working knowledge of the information systems processes used in telecommunication systems
  • A technical understanding of the design and development of local and wide area networks and national and multinational telecommunications systems
  • A knowledge of the economics, regulatory, and public policy aspects of the telecommunications industry
  • A basic knowledge of business practices and procedures related to telecommunications industries
  • An understanding of the psychological, social, and cultural aspects of using telecommunications technology

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Sherry Jerome  Old Union 302D  (309) 438-2801 
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