Associate Degree in Network Systems Administration

Help Technology Keep Information Flowing

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.

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.



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.

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

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+

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

What You'll Learn

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

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    Critical Thinking

    Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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    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.
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    Interacting with Computers

    Use computers and computer systems to program hardware, write software, set up functions, enter data or process information.
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    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.
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    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).
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    Systems Analysis

    Determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
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    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).
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    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.
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    Understand switch configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting; explore Ethernet frame switching techniques, switch-port security, virtual area networks (VLANs), and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP).

Did You Know?

Cisco-centric courses offered at DeVry University teach networking and IT skills that can prepare you for industry-recognized certifications. For example, the curriculum aligns to the Cisco CCNA certification.

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.

Essentials Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL1122 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition
SPCH275 Public Speaking


ETHC232 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions

Social Sciences

SOCS1854 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

Program-Specific 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

Network Operating Systems and Technologies

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

Career Preparation

CEIS299 Careers and Technology

Academic Catalog

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Program Overview

Network Systems Administration

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Academic Catalog

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Program Overview

Network Systems Administration

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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.
2Students enrolled at a New Jersey location take ENGL108 in lieu of this course.
3Students enrolled at a Pennsylvania location must take HUMN451 as part of this requirement.
4Students enrolled at a Nevada location must take POLI332 in lieu of this requirement.

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.