Associate Degree in Network Systems Administration.


Get ready to build, maintain and protect network systems. Secure, always-on networks are critical to business success today. Gear up for your future with an Associate Degree in Network Systems Administration from DeVry University. You can take steps toward a more fulfilling new chapter by earning your associate in network administration online, or in a blended campus and online setting.

Get to Know Our Associate Degree in Network Systems Administration.

Computer and communication networks support all kinds of technologies, from long-distance file sharing to instant messaging. Building and maintaining these networks is the responsibility of network systems administration pros. An associate degree in Network Systems Administration from DeVry can prepare you with the skills needed to build and maintain such network systems. Our degree program gives you the opportunity to prepare for certifications such as the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

You’ll also work with experienced professors and learn the tools and techniques embraced by industry leaders such as Cisco Systems to install and configure routers & switches, troubleshoot common problems and monitor network performance. Become familiar with technologies that you may experience out in the field when you enroll in this program.

DeVry offers two specialized tracks:
Cisco Networking Fundamentals
Networking Fundamentals (availability varies by location)

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Associate Degree in Network Systems Administration in as little as 1 year + 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

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




what you'll learn

The Associate Degree in Network Systems Administration program from DeVry University covers the following:

  • Critical Thinking
    Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Voice and VOIP Administration
    Explore technologies and systems that serve voice traffic, including enterprise switches (eg, private branch exchanges and Centrex), networked telephony solutions, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), call centers, voice processing, and wireless systems.
  • Interacting with Computers
    Use computers and computer systems to program hardware, write software, set up functions, enter data or process information.
  • Networking
    Gain working knowledge of the underlying technology of local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and the Internet, including networking media, the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP), routing and switching, and small network configuration and troubleshooting.
  • Information Ordering
    Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (eg, patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures or mathematical operations).
  • Systems Analysis
    Determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Routing
    Understand router configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting; explore Internet protocol (IP) addressing techniques, routing protocols; IPv4 and IPv6, and access control lists (ACLs), and network address translation (NAT).
  • Network Operating Systems
    Study the basic operation and management of local and wide area networks using the Microsoft or UNIX network operating systems (NOSs) Learn the installation of server and workstation software, physical network configuration, network security, policy domain controllers, and performance monitoring and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Switching
    Understand switch configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting; explore Ethernet frame switching techniques, switch-port security, virtual area networks (VLANs), and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP).


Cisco Networking Academy courses at DeVry University teach networking and IT skills that can prepare you for industry-recognized certifications.


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

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT)
  • CompTIA A+ Technician, Network+, Security+ and IT Fundamentals+
  • Microsoft Technology Associate
  • Others may be applicable as well. Talk to your professor for more info.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Network Systems Administration associate degree program may consider careers such as:

  • Computer Digital Forensic Investigator

  • Computer Network Support Specialist

  • Applicants for jobs in the justice administration field may be subject to pre-employment screenings such as, but not limited to, criminal background checks, drug and/or alcohol testing, physical and/or psychological examinations and credit checks. Unsatisfactory screening results may disqualify an applicant for a position in the justice administration field. Additional government-required training programs may be necessary to obtain employment in this field.

  • Employment in this occupation may require years of relevant experience.

Core Degree Courses

All of:

NETW202 Introduction to Networking with Lab
NETW204 Introduction to Routing with Lab
NETW206 Introduction to Switching with Lab
NETW208 Introduction to WAN Technologies with Lab

Or all of:

NETW203 Cisco Networking Academy – Introduction to Networking with Lab
NETW205 Cisco Networking Academy – Introduction to Routing with Lab
NETW207 Cisco Networking Academy – Introduction to Switching with Lab
NETW209 Cisco Networking Academy – Introduction to WAN Technologies with Lab

General Degree Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL1121 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition
SPCH275 Public Speaking


ETHC232 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions

Social Sciences

SOCS1852 Culture and Society


MATH103 Beginning Algebra
MATH114 Algebra for College Students

Personal and Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Business and Computing Applications

CEIS100 Introduction to Engineering Technology and Information Sciences
CIS206 Architecture and Operating Systems with Lab
COMP100 Computer Applications for Business with Lab
COMP230 Introduction to Scripting and Database with Lab
SEC280 Principles of Information Systems Security

Network Operating Systems and Technologies

NETW230 Network Operating Systems – Windows, with Lab
NETW240 Network Operating Systems – UNIX, with Lab
NETW250 Voice/VoIP Administration with Lab

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1Students enrolled at a New Jersey location take ENGL108 in lieu of this course.
2Students enrolled at a Nevada location must take POLI332 in lieu of this requirement.
3Students enrolled at a New Jersey location must take one of the following additional natural science courses as part of this requirement for a total of 11-12 credit hours in this course area: BIOS105; BIOS135; PHYS204; SCI200.

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.