Online Master of Science in Network Engineering

Always be ready to adapt, thanks to a foundational understanding of core network engineering principles.

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Lead Your Organization Through Constant Transformation

In the last decade alone, the telecommunications field has undergone sweeping change. In an industry of constant innovation, modern network engineers have to be incredibly adaptable, able to effortlessly implement the latest tools in their organizations. The Master of Science in Network Engineering at the Lyle School of Engineering provides students with a fundamental understanding of the core concepts of network engineering so they can be ready to address and embrace change. Students put these concepts into practice through extensive lab work that mimics real-world scenarios. As a result, graduates are equipped to adapt to new technology and ensure their organizations are always at the forefront of the industry.

At a Glance

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Hands-On Learning

The Online M.S. in Network Engineering relies on extensive lab requirements, ensuring students get hands-on experience with the latest software and strategies.

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Certification Materials Integrated into Curriculum

Certifications that can be earned in connection with course work are Juniper, Cisco, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

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Lessons Inspired by Real-World Work

Faculty members design courses around challenges they face every day as working professionals. Additionally, students have the opportunity to work on special projects with reputable companies, such as Microsoft and the Department of Defense.

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Our curriculum is specifically designed to continually stimulate our students and prepare them for the real-world by introducing them to the challenges network engineers face every day.


Required courses for all students

Elective Courses

In addition to the completion of the above three (3) courses, students must also complete seven additional courses, four of which must be from the list of advanced electives. The seven courses may all be from the list of advanced electives; however, up to three additional electives can be substituted to fulfill degree requirements.

Advanced Electives

Advanced Electives available on Campus, through Distance Learning or via Independent Study with Faculty approval/direction.

Alternate Electives

Up to three elective courses can be taken from other programs in the Lyle school that complement the student’s academic/professional goals with the approval of the program director.

Examples of such courses include:


Bhalaji Kumar

Accomplished leader with more than 25 years of extensive experience in planning across Telecom/Network infrastructure. Industry Expert in broadband and wireless networks and services, OSS, switching and transmission network technology, software development and outsourced solutions. An engineer with Masters degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science in Telecom/Networking.

John Rhymer

Adjunct Professor

John A. Widhalm

Adjunct Lecturer - Software Design & Automation

Experienced Senior System Engineer with more than 20 years of experience specializing in enterprise-level system engineering. Areas of expertise include Security Engineering, Data Analysis, DevOps/DevSecOps, Automation - Python, Chef, Ansible, Cybersecurity product development, deployment and support.

Dr. M. Scott Kingsley

Program Director, Department of Electrical Engineering-Network Engineering

Forty years of experience in telecommunications and networking including employment with mainstream industry companies. Founder of two successful telecommunications companies, one a software development company and the other focused on services and consulting. Over twenty-five years of experience as an educator (both adjunct, full-time and online) in corporate, undergraduate, and graduate venues, having taught over 1000 career college semester course hours.

Hakki Candan Cankaya

Adjunct Professor

Kamakshi Sridhar

Adjunct Professor

Shaibal Chakrabarty

Adjunct Professor

Shaibal Chakrabarty is a highly experienced technology executive, graduating with a PhD in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University (Dec 2018). His research is focused on securing the Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled Smart Cities from the threat of cyberattack. He is co-founder of ZontaNet, an IoT Security company, and an investor and advisor to healthcare startup Cardiotrack (

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Online M.S. in Network Engineering program, the following items must be submitted to SMU Lyle. The GRE is not required to apply.

Note: Applicants with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than computer science may be admitted to the program but may be required to take articulation coursework and/or satisfy the competency requirement.

Tuition and Graduate Financial Aid

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Military Education Benefits

The Lyle School of Engineering offers a discounted tuition rate for the Online Master's of Science in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence Specialization and Online Master’s of Science in Network Engineering programs. To determine if you are eligible, please click on the link for the Lyle School of Engineering Tuition Discount Policy. If you have any questions regarding the tuition discount policy please contact Robert Hurst,

Graduate Financial Aid Office Contact Information

Graduate Financial Aid Office

Phone: 214-768-3417

Fax: 214-768-3878

Key Dates & Deadlines - Online M.S. in Network Engineering


January 21, 2022

Summer 2022 Early Review

*Application fee waiver

February 18, 2022

Summer 2022 Priority Submit

*Application fee waiver

March 11, 2022

Summer 2022 Priority Submit II

*Reduced application fee

April 15, 2022

Summer 2022 Final Submit

*Reduced application fee

June 1, 2022

Summer 2022 Start of classes