Bachelor’s Degree in Network and Communications Management

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Earn your Bachelor's Degree in Network and Communications Management in as little as 2 years + 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

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

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What You'll Learn

The Network and Communications Management degree program covers the following topics, infused with our tech-empowered learning attributes:

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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. This essential skill will make you a better technology user, and will inform the way you set up networks.

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Converged Networks

Explore current and emerging networks that deliver voice, data and video/imaging through various technologies. Some of the technologies covered include core switching, broadband, edge access, internet protocol telephony, adding packet capabilities to circuit-switched networks, 5G solutions, presence-enabled communications and security and troubleshooting.

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Wired, Optical and Wireless Communication

Examine various signals and their transmission in the network. Some of the topics covered include codes and numbering systems, data transmissions methods, basic point-to-point networks, error detection and correction and internet access technologies.

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Advanced Networking

Focus on emerging and advanced topics in the networking field. Explore advances in technology and their implications in designing, implementing, securing and managing networks.

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Resources Administration and Management

Gain knowledge of the business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership, production and coordination of people and resources. This skill is essential for managing teams in a business setting.

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IT Operation, Regulation and Trends

Gain an understanding of operation, regulation and trends as related to information technology and networking. Examine past and current trends to develop the footing needed to help you excel in the world of networking and communication management.

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Advanced Network Security

Identify network and wireless vulnerabilities, conduct risk assessments, respond to intrusions, and provide for business continuity and disaster recovery. Learn how to work with cyber security specialists to improve your existing systems.

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Systems Evaluation

Identify measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Attention to Detail

Learn to pay attention to detail and to be thorough in completing work tasks. Attention to detail is essential in the tech field, where there are a high number of variables and where even the smallest change to a network can produce major shifts.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of our bachelor’s in network and communications management program may consider careers such as:

  • Computer Network Support Specialist
    Computer network support specialists are responsible for maintaining and troubleshooting a company's network. They ensure that the network remains secure and that data does not get lost.

  • Computer Security Specialist
    A member of the cyber security industry, a computer security specialist bolsters a company's security in order to prevent cyberattacks. They may do this by building up defenses or by attempting to break into their own system in order to identify areas of weakness.

  • Computer Support Specialist
    Computer support specialists have a wealth of IT knowledge that they use to help non-IT users with computer issues. Some specialists work for a company helping coworkers with tech struggles, while others may work in a call center where they help customers with product issues.
  • Corporate Security Manager
    Corporate security managers work alongside cyber security professionals to analyze risks and prevent security breaches within a company. Their role encompasses both cyber security and real-world security concerns.

  • Data Communications Analyst
    Data communications analysts test and design network systems for a variety of networks to ensure secure, fast communication between parties.

  • Database Administrator
    Database administrators manage a company's database. They set user permissions and access levels, and are also involved in capacity management, upgrade research, data backups and troubleshooting.
  • Disaster Recovery Analyst
    Disaster recovery analysts develop and enact policies that secure company data. They also build protocols that minimize the impact should a technology disaster, such as mass data loss, occur.

  • Network and Communications Manager
    Network and communications managers are responsible for managing the networking and communication devices and systems at a company.

  • Network and Telecommunications
    Network and telecommunications specialists work to maintain the voice communication and technology networks that support a business.

  • Manager
    Managers exist in all industries and are responsible for managing employees and processes. Their primary goal is to manage people and systems in a manner that is efficient while being fair to workers.

  • Network Engineer
    Network engineers build and deploy optimized networks. They also test and troubleshoot networks to ensure that they function optimally.
  • Network or Computer Systems Administrator
    Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for building and configuring networks at a company. They maintain constant oversight on the network and set permissions for users.

  • Network Security Administrator
    Network security administrators monitor the security of a computer network at a company. They maintain constant watch on the network and may also set or remove user permissions based on security clearances.

  • Network Security Analyst
    Network security analysts evaluate networks to ensure that they are safe from cyberattacks. They often have programming experience and may make changes to the network in order to bolster its defenses.

  • Network Security Specialist
    Network security specialists help evaluate networks for security threats in order to prevent breaches. They typically keep watch over a network to keep information safe and confidential.

  • Network Systems Analyst
    A network systems analyst monitors hardware and networks to look for ways to improve efficiency.

  • Network Systems or Data Communications Analyst
    These professionals develop and maintain networks and VoIP connections. They also run tests and analyze these networks and systems to improve their efficiency and eliminate issues.

General Education Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL1121 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition
ENGL216 Technical Writing

One of:

SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication

Humanities2,3

LAS432 Technology, Society, and Culture

One of:

ETHC232 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Social Sciences

ECON3124 Principles of Economics
SOCS185 Culture and Society

One of:

SOCS325 Environmental Sociology
SOCS350 Cultural Diversity in the Professions

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making
PHYS204 Applied Physics with Lab

Personal and Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Program-Specific Courses

Business

ACCT212 Financial Accounting
MGMT408 Management of Technology Resources

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

Information Systems and Programming

CEIS236 Database Systems and Programming Fundamentals
CEIS312 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Information Technology & Networking

NETW260 Intermediate Information Technology & Networking I
NETW270 Intermediate Information Technology & Networking II
NETW310 Wired, Optical and Wireless Communications with Lab
NETW320 Converged Networks with Lab
NETW411 Information Security and Mobile Device
PROJ420 Project Risk Management
SEC290 Fundamentals of Infrastructure Security
SEC310 Principles and Theory of Security Management
SEC450 Advanced Network Security with Lab
WEB375 Web Architecture with Lab

Career Preparation5

CEIS499 Preparation for the Profession
MGMT404 Project Management
TECH460 Senior Project

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1Students enrolled at a New Jersey location take ENGL108 in lieu of this course.
2Students enrolled at a Pennsylvania location must take HUMN451 as part of this requirement.
3Students enrolled at a New Jersey location must take HIST410 as part of this requirement.
4Students enrolled at a Nevada location must take POLI332 in lieu of this requirement.
5Students enrolled at a New Jersey location must take CEIS299 as part 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.