MS in Internet of Things


The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution is reshaping how industries meet today’s most pressing challenges. Through the interdisciplinary Master of Science in Internet of Things at Northeastern University, you will be prepared to contribute to the IoT’s growth from every angle.

You’ll gain the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to understand, design, and implement the autonomous wireless networked systems of tomorrow—sometimes operating in uncertain, challenging, or extreme environments—through a combination of coursework, supervised research spanning multiple colleges at Northeastern University, and/or industry experience.



The Internet of Things describes a cyberphysical system ranging from standalone sensors and actuators to home appliances and vehicles—which interconnect seamlessly and interact autonomously with one another.

Through the MS in Internet of Things, you’ll explore the IoT through its three key components: the internet (communication networks), the “things” (embedded systems) and an overlaying pervasive intelligence (AI, data analytics, and optimization). You’ll gain theoretical and practical skills in areas ranging from sensors and embedded system design to data streaming and analysis. Key topics include nanoelectronics, communications, and signal processing and control.

Your courses will span electrical and computer engineering as well as entrepreneurship, policy, business, and security—and you can customize your path through your choice of electives in business, engineering, computer sciences, health sciences, and law.

Experiential Learning


Conducting your research at Northeastern’s Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things, you’ll have access to world-class technological facilities and a wealth of opportunities made possible through industry and government collaborations.


The Northeastern campus is home to some of the nation’s only FCC-designated Spectrum Innovation Zones, while the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things is at the forefront of next-generation wireless and wired communication networks— with emphasis on 6G wireless systems, the use of machine learning for network orchestration and management, and overall large-scale experimental research.

Here, you’ll have access to testbeds such as Colosseum, the world’s largest wireless RF emulation platform, as well as X-Mili and TeraNova, the largest millimeter-wave and terahertz networking platforms in the United States.

Additionally, Northeastern is one of only a handful of universities to be part of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations’ specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

Practical Outlook

Experience-powered learning. Research at the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things is sponsored by government agencies and companies in the wireless, defense, computing, and manufacturing fields—creating unique co-op and research opportunities for students.

In the co-op program, you’ll have the opportunity to gain up to eight months of full-time industry experience as part of the academic curriculum, giving you a competitive edge upon graduation. An R1 research institution, Northeastern is ranked No. 1 in internships/co-ops. revolution.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Science in Internet of Things will be able to:

      • Outcome 1: Understand the state-of-the-art solutions relating to the building blocks from the IoT, from sensors and embedded systems, through communication and networking, to data applicationand analytics.
      • Outcome 2: Design, implement and orchestrate IoT systems, utilizing theoretical, numerical, and experimental tools.
      • Outcome 3: Anticipate and adapt to new distributed data application requirements, networking architectures and communication techniques.

“With Northeastern’s focus on interdisciplinary learning, graduates of the MS in Internet of Things will be uniquely positioned to meet rising demand in the IoT space.”

Josep Jornet, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Tommaso Melodia

    William Lincoln Smith Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Institute Director

  • Josep Jornet

    Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Stefano Basagni

    Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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