Help Technology Keep Information Flowing
Get ready to build, maintain and protect network systems. Secure, always-on networks are critical to business success today, and companies need experienced professionals to help build and maintain those networks.
Gear up for your future with an Associate Degree in Network Systems Administration from DeVry University. With this degree program, 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. Network systems administrators are responsible for building and maintaining these networks. An Associate Degree in Network Systems Administration from DeVry can help prepare you to pursue work in the technology field by helping you develop the skills needed to build and maintain these systems. Our degree program also gives you the opportunity to prepare for certifications such as the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).
While enrolled in this program, you'll work with experienced professors to learn the tools and techniques embraced by industry leaders such as Cisco Systems. You'll also find out how to install and configure routers and switches, troubleshoot common problems and monitor network performance. Throughout your time in this program, you'll become familiar with technologies that form the foundation of the modern workplace.
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.
Graduates of our network systems administration associate degree program may consider careers such as:
- Computer Digital Forensic Investigator†,††
Computer digital forensics investigators work alongside law enforcement or a company's cyber security specialist to uncover clues about who performed a cyberattack. It's appropriate to think of them as the digital equivalent of an investigator or detective.
- Computer Network Support Specialist
Computer network support specialists work at companies to maintain and update networks. They also provide direct support to employees who need assistance with tech concerns.
Learn more about careers in Network Systems Administration
†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.
Skill Focused Curriculum
Elements of the curriculum are aligned to industry certifications to help you validate your knowledge and skills as you prepare to pursue such certification exams as:
- CompTIA A+: A certification that confirms your capability to demonstrate foundational security and IT skills.
- CompTIA Linux+: A credential that verifies your ability to use Linux operating systems. It is most useful for those who wish to work with devices or operating systems.
- CompTIA Network+: This certification is an excellent addition to the resume of any aspiring network systems administrator. It shows your ability to work with emerging technologies and work with both wired and wireless devices.
- CompTIA Cloud+: A certification proves your capability to work with cloud-computing networks and systems. This is likely to become ever more essential as cloud systems increase in usage.
General Education Courses
|ETHC232||Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions|
|ETHC334||Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace|
|SOCS1854||Culture and Society|
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
|MATH114||Algebra for College Students|
|PHYS204||Applied Physics with Lab|
Personal and Professional Development
|COLL148||Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving|
|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|
Information Technology and Networking
|NETW260||Intermediate Information Technology and Networking I|
|NETW270||Intermediate Information Technology and Networking II|
|NETW310||Wired Optical and Wireless Communication with Lab|
|NETW320||Converged Networks with Lab|
|SEC310||Principles and Theory of Security Management|
|CEIS299||Careers and Technology|
What does a network administrator do?
Network administrators are responsible for building and maintaining networks at a company. The goal of their job is to foster networks that are efficient to use, unlikely to break, and secure. In the day-to-day of their job, they perform a mixture of research and maintenance tasks, and are often relied upon to solve issues with technology.
How long does it take to become a network administrator?
The amount of time it takes to become a network administrator varies based on the industry in which you wish to work. Some companies require an associate degree, which can be completed in as little as one year and eight months* at DeVry, while others require a bachelor's, which takes most people three or more years to complete.
What soft skills do I need to be a network administrator?
Like most professions, it is essential to have excellent teamwork, support, communication and critical thinking skills if you wish to be a network administrator. Admins often need to communicate complex technological issues to people who are not tech experts. As a result, they are required to have the ability to simplify technical concepts while still possessing the critical thinking skills to solve complex problems. Additionally, data analysis and remote support skills are useful for network admins.
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.