Associate Degree Specialization in Network Systems Administration

Learn to Keep Devices Connected and Secure

Become an essential part of how organizations keep their internet and networked devices running smoothly and securely through the Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking with a Specialization in Network Systems Administration at DeVry University. Our Network Systems Administration Specialization is anchored with Tech Core curriculum, designed to help you build a foundation of interdisciplinary skills you’ll need for today’s Internet of Things (IoT) economy. You can pursue your program 100% online or in a hybrid format—learn on your own schedule.

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Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking with Network Systems Administration Specialization in as little as 1 year + 4 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.



Why DeVry?

Complimentary Laptop

As a new student, you’ll get a complimentary laptop as part of your technology program1. It’s our way of investing in your education—and you.

You can take it anywhere, it’s powerful enough to run robust applications, and best of all, you can use it for all of your classes to optimize your DeVry experience.

IoT Kit

Simulate the Internet of Things (IoT) wherever you are with your IoT Kit*, designed to give you hands-on experience and confidence working with real IoT technologies.

With the full complement of microprocessors and sensors in your kit, you’ll build elementary IoT devices, integrate them into cloud-based server systems and develop skills needed for today’s IoT economy.

*The IoT Kit is a required expense and is not complimentary.

Certification Exam Reimbursement

Our Tech programs are designed with industry-recognized certifications in mind. Qualified students may receive up to a $300 reimbursement for the cost of one exam attempt across a wide range of certifications:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • Microsoft Technology Associate - Python

Others may be applicable as well. Speak with your professor for more info.

What You'll Learn

The Networking Systems Administration Specialization covers the following through our tech-empowered learning approach:

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    Communicate Methods and Findings
    Learn to communicate the rationale behind research methods and recommendations while presenting performance objectives, issues and solutions.
  • network protocols icon
    Network Protocols
    Examines protocols, internetworking, routing/congestion, network topologies and performance analysis as related to technologies such as wireless networking and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
  • lan vlan wan network design icon
    LAN, VLAN, and WAN Network Design
    Learn about the underlying technology of local area networks (LANs), virtual local area networks (VLANs), wide area networks (WANs) and the Internet.
  • identify and mitigate network risk icon
    Identify and mitigate network risk
    "Explore the fundamentals needed to analyze internal and external security threats and implement security mechanisms. Learn to evaluate network and internet security issues to provide security solutions, design information systems security policy, troubleshoot networks, and implement digital signatures."
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    Complex Problem Solving
    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • data analysis icon
    Data Analysis
    Learn to draw conclusions by finding patterns and relationships in numerical data with tools used for statistical analysis.
  • collaborate in dynamic work environments icon
    Collaborate in Dynamic Work Environments
    Learn to collaborate with colleagues in varying locations and environments to coordinate and share information.
  • wireless routers and clients icon
    Wireless Routers and Clients
    Establish and administer a network by installing, configuring, securing, testing and troubleshooting clients and selected hardware such as network servers and routers.
  • digital literacy icon
    Digital Literacy
    Apply appropriate technologies.

Embedded Programs - Demonstrate Skills at Every Step

Looking to earn an extra credential? DeVry offers a unique 2-in-1 design that allows our Networking Essentials certificate program to be embedded within this program. Giving you the chance to earn your certificate on the way to your Information Technology & Networking associate degree.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with our Network Systems Administration Specialization may consider, but are not limited to, the following careers:

  • Computer Network Support Specialist

  • Computer Systems Analyst

  • Information Technology Specialist

  • Local Area Network Administrator

  • Network Technical Analyst

Essentials Courses

Communication skills

ENGL112 Composition
SPCH275 Public Speaking


ETHC232 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions

Social Sciences

SOCS185 Culture and Society

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
PHYS204 Applied Physics with Lab

Personal and Professional Development

CARD205 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Tech Core Courses

Tech Core

CEIS101 Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
CEIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems
CEIS110 Introduction to Programming
CEIS114 Introduction to Digital Devices
NETW191 Fundamentals of Information Technology and Networking
NETW211 Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
SEC285 Fundamentals of Information Systems Security

Program-Specific Courses

Career Preparation

CEIS299 Careers and Technology

Specialized Courses

Network Systems Administration

NETW260 Intermediate Information Technology and Networking I
NETW270 Intermediate Information Technology and Networking II
NETW310 Wired, Optical and Wireless Communications with Lab
SEC290 Fundamentals of Infrastructure Security

Build Skills with Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step

You don’t have to wait four years to show a credential on your resume.  At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack. 

  • Start with a shorter credential that takes less time so it’s more affordable
  • Flexible online and on-site classes build your professional skills right away
  • Every course counts toward the next degree level2

How Do Credentials Stack?

Here's an example: When you earn a Networking Essentials Undergraduate Certificate, every course you completed in the program applies to your Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking with a specialization in Network Systems Administration, which then stacks into a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology. Build your confidence – and your resume – when you start your journey at DeVry.

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Related Programs

1As part of this program, one complimentary laptop is provided to students enrolled in the Associate of Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s of Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s of Software Development, Bachelor’s of Engineering Technology – Electronics and Bachelor’s of Computer Information Systems. The laptop is issued during the student’s second session. Certain restrictions apply.
2The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements. For the AITN program, in the Automation and Electronic Systems specialization every course counts towards the Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology-Electronics, in the Network Systems Administration specialization every course counts towards the Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking, in the Information Systems and Programming specialization every course counts towards the Bachelor’s in Software Development and the Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
**The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.

All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.