School and Ranking Information
Only a few schools within a 50-mile radius of Lincoln have programs in computer networking and telecommunications. Based on rankings, tuition costs, and number of programs offered, the following school was picked as the top school in the region for telecommunications engineering:
- Winner: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, a Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering. However, classes for the master and doctorate programs are held at The Peter Kiewit Institute at UNL's branch in Omaha, NE.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|Rankings||#151 in National Universities (2022); #72 in Top Public Schools (2022); #102 in Best Graduate Engineering Schools (2023)*|
|School Type||4-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2021-2022)||Undergrad: $9,872 (in-state); $27,002 (out-of-state)*|
|Computer and Information Sciences Degrees Offered||Bachelor's; Master's; Doctorate|
|Computer and Information Sciences Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2020-2021||140**|
|Most Popular Computer and Information Sciences Degree Level in 2020-2021||Bachelor's (121 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2015 Entering Class||66%**|
|Noteworthy||Master's students have the option to choose between a thesis or a non-thesis track; undergraduate program accredited by ABET***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Nebraska
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Undergraduates who major in computer science or computer engineering can also choose a relevant focus area, in addition to their regular coursework
- Some courses for the master's program are also offered on the Lincoln campus
- The Peter Kiewit Institute has its own residence hall for students
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a 4-year public institution with a student enrollment of more than 24,400 annually. The school's Department of Computer Science and Engineering enrolls over 500 students a year and offers a bachelor's program in both computer science and computer engineering. Bachelor's programs are available at UNL's Lincoln campus. The Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering and Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computer Engineering programs are offered at UNL's Peter Kiewit Institute, centrally located at the school's branch in Omaha.
Students in the computer science bachelor's program interested in telecommunications may select the networking and high-end computing focus area, where they learn about Internet technologies, data security, and cluster computing. Those who major in computer engineering can choose signal processing and communications as their emphasis. This focus area offers courses in digital image processing, wireless sensor networks, and data compression.
The master's program in telecommunications engineering provides individuals with the technical skills needed to engineer and maintain wireless and satellite communications systems, broadband computer networks and optical networks. The doctorate program in computer engineering can include credits from the Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering; the coursework is identical, with the exception of the doctoral dissertation.