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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 Program 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 and learn on your own schedule.1

Get To Know Our Network Systems Administration Specialization

In our Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking with a Specialization in Network Systems Administration program, you can learn the fundamentals of network design, security and management best practices. You’ll explore network protocols, including how to design and secure LAN, VLAN, VoIP, WAN, and cloud-based networks―and also how to enable the interface, connection and security of multiple computing systems and software platforms. In addition, our knowledgeable faculty will guide you through topics including business continuity and disaster recovery; firewall architecture; and an introduction to cryptography.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks
Why DeVry?

Why Choose Network Systems Administration at DeVry?

Work With IoT Technologies & Systems

Immerse yourself in the Internet of Things (IoT) world and obtain hands-on experience with IoT, cloud, software and security technologies and systems.

Certification Exam Reimbursement

Several of 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 Essentials+

Other certifications may also be eligible for reimbursement. Speak to your Student Support Advisor for additional information.

Complimentary Laptop

You’ll get a complimentary laptop as part of your technology program.2 It’s our way of investing in your education—and you.

Questions for our admissions team?

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Minimum Completion Time*
1 year
4 months
Normal Completion Time**
2 years


Choose the schedule that best fits your goals and commitments. You can earn your Associate Degree in as soon as 1 year 4 months.*

Or, follow a normal schedule and complete your program in 2 years.**

*Minimum completion time does not include breaks and assumes 3 semesters of year-round, full-time enrollment in 13-17 credit hours a semester per 12 month period. 

**Normal completion time schedule includes breaks and assumes 2 semesters of enrollment in 13-17 credit hours per semester per 12 month period."

Knowledge & Skills

What You'll Learn

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

  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Data Analysis
    Learn to draw conclusions by finding patterns and relationships in numerical data with tools used for statistical analysis. Find out how data analysis can be used to make more efficient databases.
  • Digital Literacy
    Learn to apply appropriate technologies in order to solve digital issues and problems within databases.
  • Communicate Methods and Findings
    Learn to communicate the rationale behind research methods and recommendations while presenting performance objectives, issues and solutions.
  • Collaborate in Dynamic Work Environments
    Learn to collaborate with colleagues in varying locations and environments to coordinate and share information.
  • Complex Problem-Solving
    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
Stackable Degrees

Build Skills with Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step

You don’t have to wait to show a credential on your resume.  At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack, offering the following benefits:

  • Start with a shorter credential that takes less time to earn

  • Flexible online and hybrid classes1 build your professional skills right away

  • Eligible courses apply toward the next degree level3

How Do Credentials Stack?

Here's an example: When you earn a Networking Essentials Undergraduate Certificate, eligible courses apply to your Associate Degree Program in Information Technology and Networking with a specialization in Network Systems Administration, which then stacks into a Bachelor’s Degree Program in Information Technology and Networking. Build your confidence – and your resume – more quickly when you start your journey at DeVry.

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Career Opportunities in Network Systems Administration

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

  • Local Area Network Administrator

  • Network Technical Analyst

  • Computer Systems Analyst

Program Courses

Network Systems Administration Specialization Courses

General Education Courses
Communication skills

+ Choose one below:

Public Speaking
Intercultural Communication

+ Choose one below:

Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Social Sciences
Culture and Society
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Algebra for College Students
Everyday Physics
Personal and Professional Development
Career Development
Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
Tech Core Courses
Tech Core
Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
Introduction to Operating Systems
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Digital Devices
Fundamentals of Information Technology and Networking
Introduction to Cloud Computing
Fundamentals of Information Systems Security
Program-Specific Courses
Career Preparation
Introduction to Technical Project Management
Specialized Courses
Network Systems Administration
Intermediate Information Technology and Networking I
Intermediate Information Technology and Networking II
Wired, Optical and Wireless Communications with Lab
Fundamentals of Infrastructure Security
Academic Catalog
2023 - 2024 Academic Catalog
Program Guides
Program Overview

1Program, course, and extended classroom availability vary by location. In site-based programs, students will be required to take a substantial amount of coursework online to complete their program

As part of this program, one complimentary laptop is provided to students enrolled in the Associate in Information Technology and Networking, Associate in Engineering Technology, Associate in Cybersecurity and Networking, Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s of Software Development, Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology, Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity and Networking and Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems. The laptop is issued during the student’s second session. Certain restrictions apply.

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. Future programmatic changes could impact the application of credits to a future program. Refer to the academic catalog for details.