Master of Science in Communication and Technology (MSCT)

This program provides students with the tools to understand, evaluate, and interpret communication methods and their practical applications, particularly in the areas of globalization, emerging technology, telecommunications, collaboration networks, virtual teams, communication cultures, environments of rapid change, global competitiveness, managerial strategies and decision-making. Our program’s research focus prepares students for advanced graduate study or can be applied to practice in a variety of technology-related professions with a communication focus. Graduates of our program have entered doctoral study, college-level teaching, and a variety of professional careers with advanced communication expertise.

The Internet is continuously changing the way we live and work. Communication networks and network services are constantly evolving and becoming an increasingly important and integral part of modern society. The MSCT program aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge and skills about the technologies and techniques required to meet the societal needs of secure, smart, and robust communication networks and services. Decision-makers at all levels must now understand the complexity of coordinating and developing the interactive, technology-based, distance communication systems and networked collaboration tools that allow organizations, communities, countries and global society to accomplish their missions.

Students in the MSCT program will be prepared to anticipate and tackle the technology trends of today and tomorrow by learning to bridge the gap between business requirements and technical solutions. Technology evolves rapidly and it is up to individuals to stay competitive. Students will learn to synthesize knowledge of diverse areas of technology and anticipate the future of information technology with a firm understanding of the history of how it was developed. Communication networks and network services are constantly evolving and becoming an increasingly important and integral part of modern society. The MSCT program aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in today’s networked environment.


Global perspective for the economy of today

Organizations of all sizes and across all industries are experiencing an increase in global competition strongly influenced by an unprecedented surge in communication technologies. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, people that understand the dynamics of communication and technology in a global setting will have an advantage in finding strategic solutions to new, unforeseen challenges. The program will prepare students with a global mindset to excel in today’s complex business environment characterized by rapid-fire technological change.


Employability is broadened

The MSCT program can prepare students for a career at home and abroad across all sectors, including business, non-profits, government, and any other organization that leverages communication technology to pe productive. Career paths for MSCT program graduates include consultancy, management, and decision-making positions in technology-based organizations. Students will acquire knowledge and skills that are highly valued and in demand worldwide by the telecommunications and software industry, network, service and content providers, consulting companies, research institutes and universities. In some instances, students may have the opportunity to breakaway and begin their own technological venture using the skills acquired in the program.


Improve communication and technology management skills

The MSCT curriculum is designed to be participative and collaborative. It provides students with an intensive path of study that gives them a strong background in creating human and technological networks in global and international contexts, creating situations that build experience in distance collaboration and remote project management. Its competency-based curriculum requires students to work on real, practical projects that are of benefit to individuals, organizations and/or society. Each of the courses in the program is a facet of a complete perspective that will help students to excel and be effective agents of innovation for global organizations.


Research Focus

Students learn foundational theories and methodologies that underpin communication and technology studies, as well as contemporary debates in the field. After completing the core courses of the program, students pursue their own research questions during the directed research courses. In some cases, students use directed research methods in the analysis and design of emerging technologies or communication proceses. Also, some students may choose to use communication and cultural studies methods to explore the histories and social implications of digital media and technologies. The research possibilities in the MSCT program are ample and closely guided by the program faculty.

The central theme of the program, interactive distance and networked communication, is presented through a unique conceptual framework called Distance Activity (DA) as a global competency. Students in the MSCT program will engage in projects that allow them to better understand how DA should be designed, explained and promoted within an organization. In particular, students that master the DA competency will be exposed to distance activity coordination, instruction and consulting elements that together comprise a well-rounded skill set for managing remote communication projects leveraging technology.

  1. Analyze the impact of technology on globalization.
  2. Evaluate the concept of distance activity competence in networked organizations to maximize performance.
  3. Analyze the systems approach to implement appropriate new technologies to solve the increasingly complex problems of organizations with a global perspective.
  4. Evaluate the key dimensions of client service and global competitiveness for networked organizations.
  5. Develop technology- based strategies to increase performance and global market outreach of organizations.

Students enrolled in this degree program must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 to graduate. Applicants for this degree program must submit the following documents:

1. The corresponding SDGKU online Application for Admission and supporting documentation; and

2. Official transcripts of undergraduate record of a relevant bachelor’s degree from an institution approved by the State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, public or private institution of higher learning accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the United States Department of Education, or any institution of higher learning, including established foreign institutions, if the institution offering the bachelor’s degree program documents that its minimum required courses of study, units and content rigor are the same as those of a bachelor’s degree from an institution approved by the Council or accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the United States Department of Education; and

3. A certified copy of bachelor’s degree diploma.

12-core courses or 36 academic units plus 3 practicum courses or 9 academic units for a for a Total 15- courses or 45-units (semester equivalent).

From other institutions

The maximum percentage of credits that are accepted for transfer into this degree program is 50%, or one-half of the overall units needed to complete the program (45). The awarding of transfer credits is the sole responsibility of the Chief Academic Officer (CAO). Any questions regarding transfer units should be directed to the CAO, who may be reached at (619) 934-0797. In most cases, transfer credits will not be possible unless the other institution (where credits are being transferred from) offers a curriculum comparable to that of SDGKU’s programs.


To other institutions

The transferability of credits the student earns at San Diego Global Knowledge University (SDGKU) is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree, diploma, or certificate you earn in the educational programs is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits or degree, diploma, or certificate that you earn at SDGKU are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of the course work at the institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending SDGKU to determine if your credits or degree, diploma or certificate will transfer

Approximately 1 year and 6 months or 15 academic sessions per the academic calendar.

Esta es una magnifica opción para hispanoparlantes interesados en el Maestría en Ciencias en Comunicación y Tecnología (Master of Science in Communication and Technology) de SDGKU ya que al inscribirse en esta modalidad todos los materiales de lectura y videos en línea se presentan en el idioma español siguiendo el mismo curriculum del programa en Inglés.

Puede visitar el calendario académico para información sobre las fechas de inicio al programa (10 anuales o 1 aproximadamente cada 5 semanas).

Favor descargar el siguiente documento para información sobre los requisitos de admisión a la universidad.

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Para mayores informes, favor contactarnos vía teléfono al (619) 934-3930 o correo electrónico


  • This program is offered in both online and hybrid options.
  • There is no difference in cost between the two options and there are no additional associated costs for taking the hybrid option.
  • The curriculum for both options is the same in terms of academic requirements.
  • The hybrid option is offered to students who would prefer to attend in-residence sessions periodically.
  • Non-local students are responsible for their own travel expenses and lodging.


Online students study and attend class remotely for 100% of their curriculum, while hybrid students are required to both study online and attend in-residence sessions offered at the SDGKU campus.


In-residence sessions are scheduled prior to start date of a program or course.


If you are interested in enrolling in a hybrid program, please reach out to our admissions representatives for details on scheduled in-residence sessions dates and times.

    Next Start Date

    Next Start Date

    July 3, 2023

    To register for the next starting cohort, please complete the admissions application below and submit all initial admissions requirements.

    Dr. Miguel A. Cardenas  is Founder and President of San Diego Global Knowledge University and director of the MSCT program. His background in communication and technology goes back to the origins of the Internet, where he studied under the “father of the internet”, Dr. Leonard Kleinrock at the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dr. Cardenas was also a member of the distinguished “Club of Rome” global modeling project. Later he created one of the first and largest educational program networks that spanned over 30 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Dr. Cardenas is passionate about global communication. His education spans subjects such as electrical engineering, operations research, and systems engineering. He enjoys cross country running and playing tennis on his time off.

    Course Descriptions

    CT 501: Globalization and the New Technology

    The process of globalization is presented as a series of economic, technological, social and political phenomena affecting society worldwide. The explosion of telecommunications and information technologies is described and analyzed in the context of an increasingly interconnected global society or “village” with emphasis on the traditional communications media and professional activity.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: none


    CT 502: Distance Activity Management

    This course presents the growing phenomena of distance activity and networked collaboration within organizations in education, business, government and civil society, with emphasis on the human competencies required to perform more effectively at a distance with optimal use of available technologies. Promotion, technology management, administration and logistic tasks involved in distance activity are presented and discussed.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: CT 501


    CT 503: Training and Development of Distance Activity Professionals

    This course presents the human and functional competencies required to train and develop professionals of distance activity and networked collaboration in any organization or community of interest, including train-of-trainer skills and human/emotional skills to communicate and convince others of the many benefits of this growing collaborative modality ideally suited for “networked” organizations.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: CT 502


    CT 504: Planning and Development of Distance Activity Collaboration Networks

    This course presents the human and technical knowledge and abilities needed to plan, develop and implement distance activity infrastructure and collaborative systems in organizations within education, business, government and civil society. The sequential use of technologies to optimize networked collaboration will be presented, along with the systems planning and development strategies to maximize benefits, costs and outcomes.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: CT 503


    CT 505: Strategic Vision

    This course presents the concept and process of visioning within organizations and communities of interest in the context of the New Economy and the globalized environment we face today. Strategies and methods for implementing strategic visioning programs are presented and compared, including the use of intuition and multicultural interpretations of risks and scenario analysis. Visioning for communications professionals as related to technology development and usage will be discussed and analyzed.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: CT 504


    CT 506: Telecommunications and the Global Electronic Highway I

    Currently available telecommunications technologies and applications are presented and discussed for education, business, government and civil society. Satellite, microwave, digital telephony and Internet technologies are analyzed in terms of strengths and weaknesses. Concepts of modality, media and technology in the context of interactive communication processes are defined and discussed, emphasizing the “global electronic highway” evolving worldwide today.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: CT 505


    CT 507: Telecommunications and the Global Electronic Highway II

    The telecommunications industry is analyzed in historical perspective and in the context of the globalized environment facing education, business and government today. Technology management and evaluation criteria and models are presented, virtual team applications are analyzed and studied, and modalities of multi-technological collaboration discussed.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: CT 506


    CT 508: Risk Management and Conflict Resolution

    The concept and methodology of business continuity and risk management is presented in this course, with special emphasis or the factors involved in technology-based communications systems. Strategies for managing and resolving conflict are also described and analyzed, including alternative dispute resolution techniques (arbitration, mediation, conciliation) and commercial diplomacy.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: CT 507


    CT 509: Knowledge Management and Intellectual Property

    This course presents the concepts and techniques of knowledge management within organizations and communities of interest, including risks, protection and cost factors, with emphasis on technology-based systems. The topic of intellectual property is discussed (including patents, copyrights and trademarks) in the context of our globalized educations, business and government environment, addressing ethical and political issues such as in Internet-based or “e” commerce.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: CT 508


    CT 510: Human and Emotional Competence for Networked Organizations

    This course discusses the human and emotional skills and attitudes needed for competent performance within virtual teams and networked organizations, in the context of “ETK” (emotional, technology, knowledge) competence and the environment of constant change and innovation increasingly seen throughout the world. The value of “emotional” competency is analyzed in decision-making and leadership roles, as well as the need for multi-cultural sensibility in all professional endeavors.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: CT 509


    CT 511: Quality and Productivity

    This course presents the relationship between quality and productivity in the context of interactive communication processes and technology-based collaboration. Customer relationship-building is discussed within the increasingly competitive productive environment of education, business and government, as well as benchmarking strategies and processes.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: CT 510

    CT 512: Client Service and Global Competitiveness

    This broad concept of client service is presented in relation to our global competitiveness and productive success. The impact of effective communications systems within organizations and between organizations and clients is discussed and analyzed. The concept and strategies of “organizations synchronization” are proposed as a new generation approach to client retention and increased productivity.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: CT 511


    CT 513: Directed Research I

    During this course the student first takes the DAC global competency exam requiring a minimum passing score of 80%. The student’s next task is to report on a practicum project of Distance Activity Coordination. This must be a real project that shows results of implementation. The student then develops and submits a Directed Research proposal that illustrates an understanding of the topics presented in courses 501 through 512. The student receives feedback, recommendations for implementation, and a course grade.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: CT 512


    CT 514: Directed Research II

    During this course the student implements a pre-approved proposal of Directed Research documenting experiences and results. The student receives guidelines for evaluating results and outcomes, as well as a course grade.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: CT 513


    CT 515: Directed Research III

    During this course the student evaluates the Directed Research proposal, results and outcomes, explaining the criteria for evaluation, assessment methods and final conclusions. The student receives approval or rejection of the report, a course grade and if satisfactory, recommendation for candidacy to obtain the Master of Science Degree in Communication and Technology.
    3 credit hours | Prerequisite: CT 514