Program Benefits

What are the benefits of enrolling in the University of Alberta Master of Science in Internetworking Program (MINT)?

Internetworking leadership training - Industry experts lead students through academic pursuits in the classroom then on to industry-specific problem solving in the networking lab. This combination results in well-rounded internetworking leaders ready to build the networks of tomorrow. Networking as a skill area was rated in a recent SANS survey as one of the most critical skills to have in cybersecurity. 

24-hour a day access to technology - With full-time access to the very latest hardware and software in the industry, MINT students have the inside edge on technology. The program will require you to design new software and hardware configurations to solve problems or improve performance. The multi-million dollar MINT network lab means you always have access to what is needed for these activities and advancements.

Intensive study sessions - We have structured the MINT program so that intensive study and learning happens during our weekend segments. Our students also have opportunities to experiment and develop in a top-tier learning environment.

Industry involvement - Thanks to the generous support of Cisco Systems Inc. and TELUS Inc., MINT offers students a unique learning environment. Learn how equipment from different vendors works in our state-of-the-art facility.

Career advancement - MINT graduates will acquire relevant and up-to-date skills and expertise. Demand for this level of knowledge is increasing all over the world.

Skills Acquired during your Accredited Graduate Degree Education

MINT students will design, implement, manage and analyze Internetworking systems and software. Specifically, graduates will be able to:

  • design and architect a network infrastructure for maximum security, reliability and scalability, under economic and technical constraints.
  • plan network hardware and software upgrades and develop migration plans to optimize the performance of the network.
  • analyze trends in computer networks and telecommunications.
  • interpret the differences between competing networking hardware and software products, and determine the most effective investment.
  • manage and troubleshoot existing Internetworking systems.
  • work in a team environment, both as a team member, and as a team leader.
  • measure network performance and take steps to improve performance.
  • model and simulate an existing network to determine operating parameters, weaknesses, and areas of improvement.
  • write new network protocols or software components.
  • design new network hardware to serve a specific purpose.
  • understand the theory behind computer networks, hardware, algorithms, software, and their limitations.

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