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Program Overview

The primary objectives of the Communications Systems Graduate Certificate program are to empower non-traditional students by broadening their knowledge base, enabling them to perform better in their current position as well as increase the range of opportunities for their professional development; and to provide traditional students an opportunity to enter the lucrative field of telecommunications. The courses are designed to meet the interdisciplinary needs of students with backgrounds in business, engineering, and computer science; in a field defined by the dynamic interplay of regulatory, industrial, and technological constraints. Emphasis is given to providing a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles, current state-of-the-art technology, and the ability to solve problems and make wise decisions regarding emerging and future technologies.

This program is currently offered online, at the Louisiana Tech Ruston campus and in the evenings at the CenturyLink headquarters in Monroe, LA, to serve full-time employees. The class presentations are captured and posted for students’ use after the class or in case their work schedule requires them to miss class.

Students who complete the graduate certificate in Communications Systems may consider applying to one of Louisiana Tech's master's or doctoral degree programs, including the MBA program offered by the College of Business, the M.S. in Engineering and Technology and Management, and the M.S. in Engineering offered by the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech. Advisors can help the student determine the best degree course based on the student’s undergraduate background and career goals.