Computer Networking

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering – Computer Networking

Area Director: Prof M. Gerla,

Description: Three undergraduate elective courses complement the basic background of the undergraduate COM SCI 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: At least nine courses are required (36 Units), of which at least Five must be graduate courses at the 200 level (excluding ENGR 299 Capstone Project course), and meet Comprehensive Exam Requirement.

Select a minimum of six courses from the following:

Graduate Courses

COM SCI 111, COM SCI 112 or (EL ENGR 131A), COM SCI 118, COM SCI 211, COM SCI 236, COM SCI M213B, COM SCI 217A , COM SCI 218, COM SCI 219, COM SCI M268

Recommended Elective Courses


Comprehensive Exam Requirement

Students can meet the Comprehensive Exam Requirement in two ways: Choose (1 option below)

Option 1:

Take and Pass ENGR 299 Capstone Project course.

Option 2:

Take and pass three written exams for three different graduate level courses within the student’s area of specialization. The written exams are held concurrently with the final exam of the graduate level courses. Students may select which exams they would like to count towards the Comprehensive Exam requirement.


As long as you have met the requirements aboveĀ the remaining courses may be selected fromĀ  other Engineering departments. No approval is necessary

Thesis Plan



Students are expected to complete the degree within two academic years and one quarter, including two summer sessions. The maximum time allowed in this program is three academic years (nine quarters), excluding summer sessions.