MS in Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering


The objective of this 33 credit hour MS-ETE program is to train the students to become competent and efficient engineers in the telecommunications, computers and information technology. The curriculum has been designed in close alignment with similar programs of the American and Canadian universities. The graduates will be able to plan, analyze, design, implement, operate, test, maintain and manage the telecommunications system and business. The program is highly recommended for students who wish to obtain technical as well as engineering management positions in the telecommunications and ICT industry.

Admissions Requirements:

  • General requirements for admission to the Masters’ in ETE program: A 4 year bachelors or equivalent degree in mathematics, applied physics, engineering, computer science & engineering, and information & communication technology from an accredited public or private university in Bangladesh or abroad with a grade point average of at least 2.5 (in the 4.0 scale) or minimum of 2nd class in BSc-Hons/MSc.
  • A 3-year bachelor's or equivalent degree in mathematics, applied physics, engineering, computer science & engineering, and information & communication technology or any related areas from an accredited public or private university in Bangladesh or abroad with a grade point average of at least 2.5 (in the 4.0 scale) or minimum of 2nd class (55% marks) in BSc-Hons/MSc may be admitted on condition that at least 15 credits of remedial courses must be completed at NSU in order to be a regular student in the MS in Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering program.
  • Acceptable score in the NSU administered Admission Test or a score of 1100 in the Quantitative and Verbal part of GRE General Test.
  • Three letters of recommendation

The program curriculum consists of a minimum of 33 credit hours including 6 core courses, 3 electives, and 1 graduate thesis work. Core classes engage the student in the study of telecommunications system, network and technology, with laboratory exercises, and designing telecommunications systems effectively within organizations. The elective courses provide a balanced diversification in the broader field of electronics and communications. The breakdown of the 33 credits is as follows:

6 courses from the core subjects:                                                   18 credits

3 courses from the elective subjects:                                               9 credits

Graduate Thesis/(Project+course)

“Or” two Special Courses+one course                                              6 or 9 credits

Thesis, Projects & Course Options (must choose any one option):

(1) Option 1: ETE 699 Graduate Thesis                                             6 credits

(2) Option 2: ETE 599 Graduate Project+ an elective course

                    ETE 599 Graduate Project                                            3 credits

                    One elective course                                                     3 credits                                                                                        Total:     6 credits

(2) Option 3: Course Option Two Special Courses+ an elective course

ETE596 : Special Course I: Recent advances in ETE                            3 credits

ETE597: Special Course 2: Seminar Topics                                         3 credits

                    One elective course                                                       3 credits                                                                                          Total:     9 credits


Degree Requirements

The minimum and maximum time to complete the degree requirements are 3 semesters and 5 years respectively from the initial enrolment of the Masters’ program. The residency requirement is 24 credit hours including the Masters’ Thesis. A maximum of 9 credits are transferable from other universities.

The students must secure a CGPA of 3.0 for the award of the MS-ETE degree. A student must complete required number of credits with minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale to earn the degree. To continue in the program a student must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.0 at all levels of academic advancement. If in any semester the CGPA drops below 2.70 the student will be on academic probation. If a student remains on probation for two consecutive semesters, he/she will be dismissed from the program

Core Courses (18 credits):




Electronics and Telecommunications Systems


Digital Communication Systems


Mobile and Wireless Communication System


Fiber-Optic Communications System


Semiconductors and Devices


Microelectronics and VLSI Design

Elective Courses (9 credits):




Telecommunications Systems Analysis, Planning, and Design


Advanced Computer Networks and Communications


Telecommunications Network and System Design


Digital Signal Processing and Filter design


RF Engineering


Radio and TV Engineering


Digital and Communication Electronics


Telecommunications Business and Management


International Telecommunications Regulation and Management


Engineering Management


Enterprise Information System


Advanced Information Technology for E-Commerce


Network Security


Thin Film Deposition for Semiconductor Devices


Semiconductor Lasers and LEDs


Electronic Packaging Principles


Introduction to Nanotechnologies


MEMS Technology and Devices


Integrated Optics and Nanophotonics


Internet and multimedia communications


Embedded Programming


3G and beyond Mobile Communications


IP Telephony


Satellite Communications


Teletraffic Engineering


Marketing and Management


Investment Theory and Strategy

Course Description

ETE 501 Electronics and Telecommunications Systems

Technical survey of the ways and means that voice, data, and video traffic are moved long distance. Topics covered include Electronic Components and System such as, Transmitters, Receivers, Waveguides, Antennae, Data Network Systems, the Telephone System (POTs, Network Synchronization and Switching, ISDN, SDH, Cellular Telephone); and Video systems (PAL, Switching and Timing, Compressed Video standards such as MPEG and Px64, HDTV).

ETE 502 Digital Communication System

System level analysis and design for digital and analog and communications systems: analog-to-digital conversion, PC and delta modulations; Digital and analog modulation types, demodulation of AM, DSB, FM, Noise in DSB; N Dimensional Signal Space, ASK, PSK, FSK M-ary communication, Spread Spectrum techniques; Detection techniques, matched filters, receiver design, link budgets, signal to noise ratios and bit error rates in AWGN and fading channels.

ETE 503 Mobile and Wireless Communications

Aspects of radiowave propagation for fixed and mobile communication systems, and cellular system design. Large-scale and small-scale propagation models, multipath fading, link-budget, interference and frequency reuse, multiple access schemes and system capacity. Trunking and grade of service, wireless network planning and operation. Architecture and operation of 2G cellular mobile systems, 2.5 G and 3G technologies. Special techniques/Diversity, Equalization, Interleaving, and Smart Antenna.

ETE 504 Telecommunications Systems Analysis, Planning, and Design

Telecommunications Systems. Involves introduction to the basic system analysis tools and the procedures for conducting a system analysis. Topics include system requirements, the initial analysis, the general feasibility study, structured analysis, detailed analysis, logical design, and the general system proposal. Current system documentation through use of classical and structured tools and techniques for describing flows, data flows, data structures, file designs, input and output designs, and program specifications. The student will gain practical experience through a project.

ETE 505 Advanced Computer Networks and Communications

Computer Networks is a graduate course that introduces fundamental concepts in the design and implementation of computer communication networks and their protocols. Topics include: layered network architectures, applications, transport and routing, IP version 6, mobile IP, multicasting, session initiation protocol, quality of service, network security, network management, and TCP/IP in wireless networks.  Specific emphasis will be placed on the protocols used in the Internet.

ETE 506 Telecommunications Network and System Design

Topics covered include Major technical issues in designing and integrating telecommunication networks; Basic concepts in telecom network design; Network architecture; Network Reliability; Network design constraints; Network design tool; Balance among several key attributes: performance, reliability, cost, and scalability. Being an application oriented course, students will gain practical experience through two projects using commercial software (e.g. OPNET IT GURU). The projects simulate the cases network engineers/ managers will face in their daily job in today's corporate world.

ETE 507 Fiber-Optic Communications System

Telecommunications: Point-to-Point Systems and Networks, Information Carrying Capacity, The Need for Fiber-Optic Communications Systems, A Fiber-Optic Communications System: The Basic Blocks, Worldwide Submarine Networks, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Radiation & Absorption, Optical Fibers-Basics: Step-Index Fiber, Numerical Aperture, Attenuation, Calculation of Total Attenuation, Intermodal and Chromatic Dispersion, Graded-Index Fiber, The Structure of a Singlemode Fiber, Bit Rate and Bandwidth, Cutoff Wavelength, V-Number, Attenuation Constant, Dispersion in Multimode Fibers, Electrical & Optical Bandwidth, Spectral Width, Singlemode Fibers, Gaussian Beam, Bit Rate of a Singlemode Fiber, Fabrication, Cabling, and Installation, Fiber Cable Connectorization and Testing, Power Budget, Light Sources, Transmitters and Receivers; Transmitter Modules, Receiver Units, Components of Fiber-Optic Networks; Passive Components, Switches, Transceivers, TDM,  WDM and DWDM systems, Add/Drop Problem, Multiplexing Hierarchy in Telecommunications, SONET & SDH Systems, FDDI, and Functional Modules of Fiber-Optic Networks-Telephone and Computer Networks, Networks, Protocols, and Services, OSI, ATM Networks and Layers; Broadband Communication System, Network Management and Future of Fiber-Optic Networks. 3 credits.

ETE  508 Digital Signal Processing and Filter Design

Introduction to discrete linear systems; frequency-domain design of digital filters; quantization effects in digital filters; digital filter hardware discrete Fourier transforms; high-speed convolution and correlation with application to digital filtering; introduction to Walsh-Fourier theory.

ETE 509 RF Engineering

Amplitude, frequency, and pulse-modulated communication systems, including the effects of noise. Design of radio transmitter and receiver circuits using Y- and S- parameter methods. Circuits include oscillators, radio frequency amplifiers and matching networks, modulators, mixers, and detectors.

ETE 510 Radio and TV Engineering

Transmission and reception system of radio, television, and other broadcast systems, network design and planning, urban and rural coverage, spectrum management, economic analysis.

ETE 511 Semiconductors and Devices

The course covers basic semiconductor properties, elemental quantum mechanics, energy band theory, equilibrium carrier statistics, and carrier transport, physical and electrical characteristics of pn junctions, bipolar junction transistors and field-effect transistors.  Emphasis will be on Si, Ge  GaAs,InGaAsP materials, device fabrication and characterization of electrical  and optical properties.

ETE 512 Microelectronics and VLSI Design

Design of very large-scale digital systems on a single chip. Review of MOS technology. Design rules imposed by fabrication techniques. Systematic structures for control and data flow; system timing; highly concurrent systems. Experimental opportunities available. Pre-requisite: ETE 511

ETE 513 Digital and Communication Electronics

Design methods to fix gain and bandwidth specifications in amplifiers, feedback techniques, properties and design application of operational amplifiers; Small and large signal HF amplifier design, HF oscillators; Noise considerations in RF amplifiers, RF amplifiers, wideband amplifiers; Phased locked loop and its applications in modulation and demodulation, switched capacitor filters, sample and hold circuits, coders and decoders with A/D and D/A converters  Microstrip and stripline techniques; Transistor and amplifier measurement techniques; Computer aided design of amplifiers.

ETE 521 Telecommunications Business and Management

Telecom services, local, long distance, mobile telephony, voice over IP, business models, operations and maintenance, cost and pricing for service packages, wireless vs wireline telephony, industry dynamics, market competition, regulatory issues, cost of compliance, ITU and telecom policy for local and global market, industry restructure, privatization trends in developing markets, spectrum management, licensing and fees, tariff, interconnection, overseas access, business models and business case analysis.

ETE 522 International Telecommunications Regulation and Management

All levels of government regulate telecommunications, from the city that controls the placement of telephone wires up to the nation state which issues licenses to broadcast. Because of the nature of telecommunications and the importance of the information it carries, international politics are also heavily involved. The purpose of this course is to investigate the institutions that affect the use of telecommunications. Some time will be devoted to the various parts of the federal government that are involved in this endeavor, such as the Department of Commerce, the FCC, and the Department of State. The major thrust of the course will be toward the role of international institutions, including the ITU, UNESCO, and the various satellite organizations such as INTELSAT. Review of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the telecommunications commitments made by members. Emphasis on the European Union as the largest single telecommunications market, along with analyses of regional emerging markets. Review of challenges for the future for both regulatory agencies and telecommunications operators/providers.

ETE 524 Engineering Management

This course provides an in-depth understanding about the management of technology and innovation. Covered topics are: management of dynamic changes in R&D, integration of technology planning, product planning, business planning and the market demands, human, social and environmental concerns associated with technological change, case studies of global technology firms, business case development for deployment of new technologies critical decision analysis methods, new challenges and responses in technology management, technology transfer, and business and technology strategy.

ETE 532 Enterprise Information System

Resource planning for today's global business organization. Emphasis on integrated data flows and computer software for enterprise resource planning. Integration of transactional analysis, fundamental accounting practice, financial planning, and supply chain analysis form the basis for study in this integrated approach to enterprise resource planning. Design and use of management information systems in businesses and other organizations. Model building, information resource management and decision support systems.

ETE 533 Advanced Information Technology for E-Commerce

Information technologies that enable electronic commerce, including database and web technologies and infrastructure, web software, transaction security, business web models and applications.

ETE 536 Network Security

Security requirements; Encryption algorithm, hashes and message digest, public key algorithm, key management; Security architecture, security policy design and management; Core  Internet Security standards, IPSec, PKI, SSL/TLS, Kerberos, TLS, AES; Web security, email security, database security, operating system security; Security technologies, products and solutions, Firewall and secure router design, installation, configuration and maintenance, VPN implementation using routers and firewall's.

ETE 541  Thin Film Deposition for Semiconductor Devices

This course examines the principles and technologies of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and physical vapor deposition (PVD) to prepare thin films for microelectronic applications. Topics include the deposition of semiconductors, insulators, and metals using low pressure (LPCVD) and metal-organic (MOCVD) chemical vapor deposition, evaporation, sputtering, molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), and ion-beam deposition; control of film properties; measurement of film properties; and selection of deposition methods for various applications. 

ETE 542  Semiconductor Lasers and LEDs

Optical processes in semiconductors, spontaneous emission, absorption, gain, stimulated emission. Principles of light emitting diodes, including transient effects, spectral and spatial radiation fields. Principles of semiconducting lasers; gain-current relationships, radiation fields, optical confinement and transient effects.

ETE 543  Electronic Packaging Principles

Electronic packaging, which is an interdisciplinary technology encompassing the interconnection of devices and the establishment and control of their operational environment, has become a dominant factor in the evolution of modern systems. This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of electronic packaging at all levels: chip, board, subsystem issues and system. It addresses a broad range of key thermal, mechanical, material, electrical, and reliability issues; and develops the analytical tools that can be utilized to determine the basic effects of such problems in given packaging situations.

ETE 544  Introduction to Nanotechnologies.

An overview of the physics and technologies associated with producing nanometer-sized components. Looks at selected topics from solid state physics, chemistry, materials science, and IC fabrication technologies. Examines the potential structures and applications of various types of nanodevices; considers public concerns about the danger of nanotechnologies.

ETE 545 MEMS Technology and Devices

The course will begin with a summary of integrated circuit fabrication technologies leading into an overview of the technologies available to shape electromechanical elements on a sub millimeter scale. Physics of MEMS devices will be covered at a level necessary to design and analyze new devices and systems. Several commercially available MEMS processes will be discussed in detail, and students will design final projects in these processes.

ETE 546  Integrated Optics and Nanophotonics

Integrated optics is concerned with the design and fabrication of optical components and systems on a single substrate using processing techniques similar to those used in the manufacture of integrated electronic circuits. This course covers the basic concepts used in the design and fabrication of integrated optical devices and representative applications of such devices and systems. It also provides an introduction to how generation and control of optical radiation can be enahnced by utilizing quantum effects that arise at the scale of nanometer-sized components. Pre-requisite ETE 544

ETE 551 Internet and Multimedia Communications

General Concept and Definition of Multimedia, Video and Audio Compression Techniques Systems and Standards, QoS Architecture, Multimedia Support in Shared Media LAN and MAN, Transport Network Architectures and Technologies for Multimedia Services, Multimedia OA&M and Services; The internet, web designing concepts, HTTP protocol, Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), server side includes (SSI), adding Advanced Content to Web pages, Add Java Applets, Add JavaScript, Java Servelet, Java Server Pages (JSP), Publish Web Pages, JavaScript, Active Server Pages (ASP), Server Side Scripting with PHP, Development of Dynamic Web Pages using ASP/PHP/JSP with Back End Database (MS SQL Server/Access).

ETE 553 Embedded Programming

Programmable devices, microcontrollers, application specific standard processors; importance of interrupts; reconfigurable logic; system-on-a-chip; finite state machines; dataflow architectures; and distributed embedded systems. Software for embedded systems, including: programming languages and software architectures; interrupt servicing; multi-tasking; task communications and scheduling; verification; hardware-software co-simulation; and real-time operating systems will be introduced.

ETE 603 3G and Beyond 3G Mobile Communications

3rd Generation cellular systems (IMT2000); Radio Interface Technologies of Third Generation Systems; WCDMA: Logical and Physical Channels, CDMA Spreading, Multirate Operation, Packet Data, Handover, Interoperability between GSM and WCDMA; CDMA2000: Logical and Physical Channels, CDMA Spreading, Multirate Operation, Packet Data;  Time Division CDMA; 4th Generation Mobile Systems; Orthogonal Frequency Division Modulation (OFDM); OFDM-CDMA; Efficient modulation and coding schemes; Multiuser detection; Heterogeneous wireless networks.

ETE 605 IP Telephony

Review TCP/IP and OSI reference model and protocols, circuit- switched and packet-switched voice and data communications; Voice over IP technology requirements and architecture, H.323, Session Initiation Protocol, Megaco, Realtime Transport Protocol, RAS; Integrated network architecture for packet switching, Next Generation Network, Softswitch, call and media gateways; Service Level Agreement, quality of service (QoS), services options, legal and regulatory issues.

ETE 607 Satellite Communications

Introduction to Satellite Communications; Orbital Aspects of Earth Satellites (Introduction Kepler’s first, second & third law, orbits, geostationary orbits); Satellite Link Design; Propagation on Satellite-Earth Paths and Its Influence on Link Design; Modulation, Multiplexing and Multiple Access Techniques in Satellite Communications; Satellite Networking ; Spacecraft and Earth Station Technology; Types of Satellite Networks; Performance and Reliability of Satellite Communications.

ETE 608  Teletraffic Engineering

To provide an overview of basic teletraffic theory for network dimensioning and performance characterization of circuit switched public telecommunications network, broadband networks as well as the Internet: Traffic Flows in Networks. Dimensioning of Loss and Delay Systems. Loss and Delay in Switching Systems. Traffic Measurements. Multi-Dimensional Traffic. Traffic Models for ATM and Internet.

EMB 520 Marketing Management

Consideration at an advanced level of the major elements of marketing from the point of view of the marketing executive. Emphasis on problem solving and decision-making, using an interdisciplinary approach. Development of an integrated, comprehensive marketing strategy.

FIN 637 Investment Theory and Strategy

Examines the investment environment and process. An investment is the current commitment of money or other resources in the expectation of reaping future benefits. The investment process involves identifying objectives and constraints, formulating and implementing strategies, and monitoring and updating the portfolio as needed. Major topics include investment alternatives, securities markets and trading mechanism, risk and return analysis, modern investment theory, valuation, analysis and management of bonds, common stocks and derivative securities, and investment performance evaluation.

ETE 699 Graduate Thesis (6 credit hours)

Special advanced topics, projects, and independent study in telecommunications engineering, technology and management leading to the graduate thesis. Application of knowledge and skills developed in core courses in an organizational environment to solve telecommunications management problems. Integration of concepts and adaptation of theory to fit organizational reality

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