Graduate Division

Networked Systems MS

Section 1


  • The Networked Systems Program ( grants M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Networked Systems.
  • M.S. students can pursue Plan I, which requires completion of a thesis or Plan II, which does not require the completion of thesis.
  • The Ph.D. program requires completion of a thesis with a faculty advisor.
  • Students take core, breadth, and concentration courses. There are four concentration areas: Networks, Performance, Middleware, and Communications.
  • For detailed degree requirements, please see the Degrees ( page in the program Web site.
  • For application, please see the Apply ( page in the program Web site.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • The Networked Systems program provides education and research opportunities to graduate students in the areas of computer networks and telecommunication networks.
  • Networked Systems include telephone networks, cable TV networks, cellular phone networks, and the Internet, as well as other emerging networks.
  • Networked Systems are inherently interdisciplinary. By their design, they connect devices such as computers and phones using communications methods. Networked Systems therefore must address the combination of software, hardware, and communications.
  • The Networked Systems area spans traditional departmental boundaries. The area draws heavily from Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.
  • Networked Systems is an educational degree program. It is not a separate department. Faculty from both the Computer Science (CS) department in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering with research interests in networking guide the program.
  • According to an outside analysis, the Networked Systems program is very highly ranked in journal and conference publications, citations, awards, and grants.
  • The graduates of the Networked Systems program find employment in very highly competitive companies in the U.S. or many parts of the world, some go into academic positions. For current and past students, see the Students ( page of the program Web site.
  • Applicants must apply directly to the Networked Systems program, please see the Apply ( page of the program Web site.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Academic Master's Program

Normative Time to Degree

2 years

Capstone Type

Thesis or Comprehensive Exam

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Networked Systems Program are expected to hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering. Those who have Bachelor’s degrees in another field may be required to take supplementary coursework to demonstrate sufficient background in the field. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their prior academic record and their potential for creative research and teaching, as demonstrated in submitted application materials. These materials include university transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE test scores, and Statement of Purpose.

Application Deadline

To be fully considered for admission and financial support, applicants need to complete their application by the deadline of January 15th, 2019 for Fall 2019 admissions. If there are any incomplete materials by the application deadline (for example, GRE scores, reference letters, transcripts), the missing material must be received by 5:00 pm Pacific Time, February 28th, 2019. If the application is not complete by that time, it will be dropped from any consideration.

Financial Support

We encourage you to learn more about the array of financial support resources, such as fellowship competitions open to incoming and current UCI students, and funding workshops and writing tutors available through the Graduate Resource CenterMaster’s students are typically self-supported but may be eligible for these resources.

For information on funding opportunities for international graduate students, read more here.

Click here to access the associated nomination and application deadlines for various fellowship opportunities.
Click here for a summary of funding eligibility for UCI graduate students who meet AB540 and/or DACA criteria.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Ender Ayanoglu (Director of Networked Systems Program)
[Networked Systems; Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science], Ph.D. Stanford University: Next generation wireless, broadband, and optical communications.

Carter Butts
[Networked Systems, Sociology] Development and application of mathematical, computational, and statistical techniques to theoretical and methodological problems within the areas of social and biological network analysis, mathematical sociology, quantitative methodology, and human judgment and decision making
Hamid Jafarkhani
[Networked Systems; Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science], Ph.D. University of Maryland,College Park: Communication theory with emphases on coding, wireless communications, and wireless networks.

Scott Jordan (Co-Director of Networked Systems Program)
[Networked Systems; Department of Computer Science; Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (by courtesy)], Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley: Pricing and differentiated services in the Internet, resource allocation in wireless multimedia networks, and telecommunications policy.

Fadi Kurdahi
[Networked Systems; Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Department of Computer Science (by courtesy)], Ph.D. University of Southern California: Hardware/software co-design of embedded systems; mobile and portable wireless and multimedia systems; reconfigurable computing; software-defined radios.

Marco Levorato
[Networked Systems; Department of Computer Science], Ph.D. Padova, Italy. Next generation wireless networks, smart energy grids and mobile health care systems. Sparse methods and graphical models in complex systems.

Athina Markopoulou
[Networked Systems; Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science], Ph.D. Stanford University. Mobile and social networks, network monitoring, privacy, voice and video.

Amelia Regan
[Networked Systems; Department of Computer Science], Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin: Algorithm development for large scale network optimization problems.

Ardalan Amiri Sani
[Networked Systems; Department of Computer Science], Ph.D. Rice University: Mobile and wireless systems, operating systems.

Gene Tsudik
[Networked Systems; Department of Computer Science], Ph.D. University of Southern California: Computer and Network Security, Applied cryptography, Internet routing, wireless/ad-hoc networks.

Nalini Venkatasubramanian
[Networked Systems; Department of Computer Science], Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Enabling effective management and utilization of resources in the evolving global information infrastructure.

Magda El Zarki
[Networked Systems; Department of Computer Science; Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (by courtesy)], Ph.D. Columbia University: Network architectures and protocols, multimedia services, performance analysis, wireless systems.

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