Network Administrator


Graduates of the Network Administrator degree, students will be able manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They can ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also can make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network.


With the skills earned from the Network Administrator degree, students will be able to perform the following duties:


  • Determine an organization’s system needs and install network hardware and software
  • Make needed upgrades and repairs to networks and ensure that systems are operating correctly
  • Maintain network and computer system security
  • Evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network, and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that a problem exists


Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:


  • Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and solve network problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to research technology problems, provide technology support, and to learn new technology tools.
  • Demonstrate the ability to help other technology users, develop training and maintenance plans and to translate their technical knowledge so that others can use it.

Labor Market Information:


According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for network and computer systems administrators was $81,100 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $49,830, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $130,200.

Required Courses (64 Credits)


Semester 1


  • CIS 141 Introduction to Cybersecurity 3
  • CIS 162 Operating Systems 3
  • CIS 164 Network Fundamentals I 3
  • CIS 215 Microsoft Windows Server 3
  • CIS 219 Hardware Repair & Maintenance 4

Total Semester Credits 16

Semester 2

  • BOTE 177 Job Readiness 1
  • CIS 147 Principles of Information Security 3
  • CIS 165 Network Fundamentals II 3
  • CIS 168 Firewalls & Network Security 3
  • CIS 216 MS Planning MS Network Infrastructure 3
  • CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers 3

Total Semester Credits 16


Semester 3


  • CIS 217 Virtualization 3
  • CIS 224 Networking 3
  • CIS 243 Incident Response & Disaster Recovery 3
  • CIS 267 Intermediate Networking I 3
  • General Education Courses (6 CREDITS) 6

Total Semester Credits 18


Semester 4

  • BIT 123 Technology for Personal Development 3
  • CIS 255 Cloud Foundations 3
  • CSCI 162 Internship 2
  • General Education Courses (6 CREDITS) 6

Total Semester Credits 14


Total Required Credits 64


Course Description (7 MB PDF)


Sheila Trottier

CTE Director
Phone: 701.477.7879

Marlin Allery

CTE Instructor
Phone: 701.477.7992