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MS Engineering with Computer Networking Certificate

Area Director:  Prof M. Gerla,




Three undergraduate elective courses complement the basic background of the undergraduate CS degree with concepts in security, sensors and wireless communications. The Graduate courses expose the students to key applications and research areas in the network and distributed systems field. They probe different applications domains, including: wireless mobile networks, security, network management, distributed P2P systems, and multimedia applications. From this selection, a total of nine courses are required for the M.S. degree, including a minimum of five graduate courses.

Degree Requirements:  Complete 36 units (9 courses) and meet the comprehensive requirement. A minimum of 5 courses must be at the 200 level.

Fundamental Courses (recommended for students that lack the basic background):

  1. CS 118. Computer Network Fundamentals [Fall]
  2. CS 111 Operating Systems Principles [Spring]
  3. CS 112: Modeling Uncertain in Information Systems [Spring]


Graduate Courses in the Networking Field

  1. CS 211 Protocol and Systems Design for Wireless and Mobile Network [Fall Odd]
  2. CS 236 Computer Security [Winter]
  3. CS 213B Energy-Aware Computing and Cyber-Physical Systems [Fall Even]
  4. CS 217A Internet Architecture and Protocols [Winter]
  5. CS 217B Advanced Topics in Internet Research [TBD]
  6. CS 218 Advanced Computer Networks [TBD]
  7. CS 219 Current Topics in Computer System modeling and Analysis [TBD]
  8. CS 268 Machine Perception [TBD]


Recommended EE Elective Courses

  1. EE 131A. Probability [Fall] (Either CS 112 or EE 131A can be used toward the degree, not both due to overlap in content)
  2. EE 132B. Data Communications and Telecommunication Networks [Winter]
  3. EE 230B  Digital Communications Systems [Spring]
  4. EE 231E  Channel Coding Theory [Spring]


The comprehensive requirement can be met in one of two ways:

Option I.  8 courses + Project Course Engr 299

Option II. 9 Courses + take and pass three comprehensive examination questions offered in conjunction with three Computer Science engineering graduate courses (200 level

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  9/11   Mexico City, Mexico
  9/13   New York, NY
  9/15   Washington, DC
  9/20   Toronto, ON Canada
  9/22   Montreal, QC Canada
  9/25   Vancouver, BC Canada
  9/28   Los Angeles, CA 
10/18   Houston, TX
10/20   Austin, TX

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San Diego (10/14, 11/01)
San Francisco (9/20, 10/18)
Los Angeles (10/25, 11/08)

Other Cities
  9/13  Washington DC
  9/27  Vancouver, BC Canada
10/03  Orlando, FL
10/04  Miami, FL
10/09  Detroit, MI
10/11  New York, NY
10/20  Austin, TX
11/07  Phoenix, AZ
12/20  Atlanta, GA


MSOL Contact Information
7440 Boelter Hall
BOX 951601
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1601
Phone # (310) 825-6542
Fax # (310) 825-3081