Telecommunications and Network Engineering

Engineer Traffic

Telecom - Network DesignTo speed product development, a manufacturer must implement a video conference system capable of conveying high-definition, 3D images in real time from its engineering centers to its production partners....

To reach audiences, a media company must deploy programming across multiple platforms ranging from terrestrial transmitters to video game units to tablets and smartphones....

To protect its intel, a government agency must secure networks against increasingly sophisticated "unfriendlies" while enhancing access by a wide range of user devices....

Demand for quantum leaps in bandwidth in the face of technological limits in capacity.... The need to enhance service by migrating apps and services to faster, smarter platforms, while meeting critical but conflicting requirements for accessibility and security.... These are telecom challenges requiring breakthroughs on many fronts, driving demand for those with knowledge to innovate and skills to lead. This is the opportunity behind the Master’s in Telecommunications at SMU Lyle. 

Access Convergence


Businesses, government agencies, and institutions demand telecommunications networks 
capable of providing anywhere/anytime access to information in any form, on any device, across any platform. Meeting this demand calls for professionals with an understanding of advanced communications technology, as well as business skills to lead development at the VP level and above. Designed for working professionals, Lyle’s Master’s in Telecommunications program enables students to advance their knowledge of traditional technologies, such as network protocols, routing, and switching, as well as cutting-edge developments, including wireless and optical networks, Voice over IP (VoIP), Quality of Service (QoS), and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). Students also learn management principles, industry regulations, and public policy, emerging well-positioned for leadership in this all important field.

Computer Paths


Developed in consultation with industry partners, this 30-hour program makes on campus course materials available worldwide. Unique in its use of state-of-the-art simulation software, it allows students to design, optimize, and analyze real-world networks. The curriculum is designed with the flexibility for students to specialize in wireless networks, management, or software. Course content is presented by expert faculty with decades of experience in high-level engineering and management positions. Students 
also benefit from the expertise of guest lecturers drawn from industry partners, leading manufacturers, and service providers in the ‘Telecom Corridor’ of North Texas.

The Lyle Engineering Difference

The Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering is a selective, premier center of learning for aspiring professionals who will lead the techno-business world into the future. Centered in Dallas, one of the country’s most vibrant cities, SMU Lyle combines topnotch technical expertise with an emphasis on management, entrepreneurship, and humanities to yield a foundation for success in an ever-changing global business climate. 

Why the Weekend Format?

Our Weekend Format Program is built around small class sizes, highly knowledgeable instructors, team projects and programs, and education that goes beyond the basics to produce truly imaginative and innovative professional leaders.


Class meetings take place at SMU in Plano which is located in Legacy Business Park near the Dallas Tollway and Legacy Blvd. This secondary SMU campus is centrally located near the Plano and Richardson areas that are home to many of the area's telecommunication companies. 

Example Curriculum

 10 Courses
 Course 1 Introduction to Telecommunications
 Course 2 Network Protocols
 Course 3 Switching and Routing
 Course 4 Network Analysis, Architecture, and Design
 Course 5 Advanced Network Design
 Course 6 Wireless Network Design*
 Course 7 Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)*
 Course 8 Quality of Service in IP Networks*
 Course 9 Telecommunications Network Security*
 Course 10 Advanced Topics in Wireless*