Communication Networks Certificate

Department of Computer Science, College of Information Science & Technology

Vision Statement

The Communication Network Certificate Program is a career program designed to meet the growing industry demand for qualified, highly trained individuals in the field of computer network systems. It is designed to give the working professional both a conceptual view and an in-depth understanding of the latest technologies. The program includes courses ranging from basic concepts such as Local Area Networks to advanced networking concepts such as mobile wireless communication systems and networks.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Jong-Hoon Youn, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 282E


Ms. Carla Frakes, Advisor

Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 176C



Program Website:


Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: March 1

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Resume
    • Submit a resume detailing your work experience and background (if applicable).

Cert-CMNW Degree Requirements

Provisional Admission:

Students who have not taken an undergraduate data structures course or an introductory communication networks course with a grade of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in each course must do so before they will be allowed to continue in the program.

CSCI 3320Data Structures

3 credits

CSCI 3550Communications Networks

3 credits

or equivalent

Cert-CMNW-Required Courses (6 hours):

CSCI 8210Advanced Communication Networks

3 credits

CSCI 8620Mobile Computing and Wireless Networks

3 credits

NOTE: If a core course is waived, it must be replaced with another course from the electives listed below.

Cert-CMNW-Electives (6 hours):

Choose two courses from the following list:

CSCI 8156/MATH 8156Graph Theory & Applications

3 credits

CSCI 8200Interconnection Networks

3 credits

CSCI 8220/ISQA 8230Telecommunications Management

3 credits

CSCI 8410/IASC 8410Distributed System and Network Security

3 credits

CSCI 8610Fault Tolerant Distributed Systems

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 12

Cert-CMNW-Other Program-Related Information:

Graduate Assistantships

  • Complete this form to apply for a graduate assistantship.

Advantage Scholarship for Non-Nebraska Residents ONLY:

  • Tuition scholarships for an amount up to the difference between resident and non-resident tuition; click here to apply
  • Multiple awards available
  • Application submission deadlines:
    • Fall: April 15
    • Spring: November 15
  • Awarded to students who are not residents of Nebraska
  • These awards are renewable
    • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee an award.
  • If an application is submitted after a deadline, it will be added to a wait-list. If funds become available, the department will notify the applicant.