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

  • BIT 123 Technology for Personal Development (3)
  • CIS 128 Microcomputer Hardware I (3)
  • CIS 129 Microcomputer Hardware II (3)
  • CIS 141 Introduction to Cyber Security (3)
  • CIS 147 Principles of Information Security (3)
  • CIS 162 Operating Systems (3)
  • CIS 164 Network Fundamentals I (3)
  • CIS 165 Network Fundamentals II (3)
  • CIS 168 Firewalls and Network Security (3)
  • CIS 177 Internship (2)
  • CIS 215 Microsoft Windows Server (3)
  • CIS 216 MS Planning MS Network Infrastructure (3)
  • CIS 217 Virtualization (3)
  • CIS 224 Networking (3)
  • CIS 243 Incident Response & Disaster Recovery (3)
  • CIS 267 Intermediate Networking I (3)
  • CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers (3)
  • CSCI 177 Job Readiness (1)
  • CSCI 289 Social Implications of Computer Technology (3)
  • General Education (12)

Total Required Credits: 66

Sheila Trottier

CTE Director
Phone: 701.477.7879