MS in Wireless and Network Engineering


By 2034, fast-growing 5G and 6G networks will create an estimated 4.6 million new jobs—across educational institutions, federal agencies, national research labs, and beyond.

Through the Master of Science in Wireless and Network Engineering, Northeastern University has reimagined your path to rewarding careers in the field of communication networks, bringing together concepts and research experiences from what were once considered disparate fields.

The combination of coursework with research, and/or industry experience will allow you to understand, design, implement, and test wired and wireless communication networks of the present and emerging future.


Offered by the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the MS in Wireless and Network Engineering program uniquely integrates the fields of study that make advanced communication networks possible.

Concepts from electrical engineering (communications, signal processing, and control) and computer engineering (computer networking, security, and policy) are combined to bring you a multifaceted understanding of the field. You’ll master skills ranging from hardware design and electromagnetic characterization to communication techniques and networking protocols for present and future network generations—from 5G to 6G and beyond. The program also includes concepts on networking from policy and ethics points of view.

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

Research at the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things is sponsored by government agencies and by 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 work experience as part of the academic curriculum, giving you a competitive edge upon graduation.

Northeastern is ranked No. 1 in internships/ co-ops by U.S. News and World Report, and is an R1 research institution.

Professional Outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Science in Wireless and Network Engineering will be able to:

      • Outcome 1: Understand the state-of-the-art wireless and wired communication network architectures, including their building blocks, functionalities, and integration.
      • Outcome 2: Design, implement and orchestrate wired and wireless communication networks, utilizing theoretical, numerical, and experimental tools.
      • Outcome 3: Anticipate and adapt to new distributed application requirements, networking architectures and communication techniques.

This is one of the first programs to merge knowledge and skills from technical fields traditionally kept apart, namely, electrical engineering and computer engineering, providing you the integrated skills necessary to understand and develop future networks.

Stefano Basagni, 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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