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Networking and Wireless Communications

Networking and wireless communications are key technologies in today’s technological world.  Networks such as the Internet as well as telephone, cable and wireless networks serve to interconnect people and computers in a ubiquitous and cost effective way.  The area of wireless communications in particular has grown rapidly in recent years and has utilized networking technology to be successful.  There is a large industrial base involving networking and wireless communications in terms of equipment and software providers, service providers and end users. Moreover this technology has made the average consumer’s life more productive, flexible and enjoyable.  

The Stony Brook Certificate Program in Networking and Wireless Communications is designed to give matriculated students validated graduate level instruction in this area of much recent interest. The program can be completed in a reasonable amount of time as it involves only four courses. These are regular Stony Brook graduate level courses taught by Stony Brook faculty. The SUNY approved certificate program can be tailored to the needs of the individual student. Courses used for the certificate program can also be used toward the MS or PhD degree by matriculated students.

Admission to the certificate program is limited to students enrolled in either the MS or PhD programs in the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering.

(Students may receive the certificate if they have no more than 12 graduate credits in the department as of the start of Fall 2015.)

To apply for the Networking and Wireless Communications Certificate Program, a student must complete the “Permission to Enroll in a Secondary Certificate Program” form (which requires some signatures), and submit it within the first week of the semester when they start the certificate. At the time a student registers up to 6 credits worth of certificate courses that the student took in the previous semester may be applied to the certificate. The student must complete   FOUR  required courses as specified below, with at least a B grade in each course.

At least ONE course from the following:

  • ESE 505: Wireless Communications
  • ESE 506: Wireless Networking 

At least ONE course from the following :

  • ESE 532: Theory of Digital Communications
  • ESE 546: Networking Algorithms and Analysis
  • ESE 548: Local and Wide Area Networks 

In addition to the above, if needed, courses may be selected from :

  • ESE 503:  Stochastic Systems
  • ESE 504:  Performance Evaluation of Communication and Computer Systems
  • ESE 522:  Fiber Optic Systems
  • ESE 528:  Communication Systems
  • ESE 531:  Detection and Estimation Theory
  • ESE 535:  Information Theory and Reliable Communication
  • ESE 536:  Switching and Routing in Parallel and Distributed Systems
  • ESE 543:  Mobile Cloud Computing
  • ESE 544:  Network Security Engineering
  • ESE 547:  Digital Signal Processing
  • ESE 550:  Network Management and Planning
  • ESE 552:  Interconnection Networks


Students are permitted to use up to 6 graduate transfer credits toward the certificate with the approval of the Director. These credits must be from an institution authorized to grant graduate degrees by recognized accredited commission. Credits must not have been used to fulfill the requirements for another degree/certificate; credits must not be more than 5 years old at the time the student is admitted to graduate study at SBU; a course listed as both graduate and/or undergraduate level will not be considered for transfer; credits must carry a letter grade of B or higher.

After completing the necessary courses, students must request/apply for completion of the certificate program on SOLAR or through the Graduate School website .

Important Note: Students will not be permitted to extend their time in the MS or PhD degree program based on entering the certificate program. The student MUST complete the secondary certificate within the time limit for the original program.

Any questions about the Certificate Program should be directed to Professor Thomas Robertazzi via email