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Online Undergraduate Certificate in Networking Essentials

Prepare for a number of industry-recognized tech certifications through earning a Networking Essentials Undergraduate Certificate. DeVry’s program can help prepare you to sit for the CompTIA Linux+, CompTIA NETWORK+, CompTIA Cloud+ and CCNA certifications and pursue a career in information technology.

This online computer networking certificate can help get you started by teaching you how organizations and businesses are networked and exchange secured information. Plus, gain hands-on experience with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies through DeVry’s IoT Kit1.

Tech Essentials Grant for Networking Certificate

At DeVry University, we’re proud to offer scholarships and grants to help you reach your educational goals. Upon successful completion of a Networking Essentials Certificate, you may be eligible for a $2,400 Tech Essentials Grant2.

Stackable Programs in Networking

Make the most of earning a Networking Essentials Certificate from DeVry by applying qualifying credits toward a specific associate or bachelor’s degree program at DeVry. For example, by applying qualifying certificate credits to a particular associate degree program at DeVry, you are already 40% of the way toward earning that credential, and 20% of the way to a bachelor’s degree. It can be a great way to save both time and money in furthering your education.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Undergraduate Certificate in Networking Essentials in as little as 1 year*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

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


What You'll Learn

The networking essentials certificate program incorporates our tech-empowered learning approach, which emphasizes core business and soft skills, and covers the following:

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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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    Complex Problem Solving
    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • data analysis icon
    Data Analysis
    Learn to draw conclusions by finding patterns and relationships in numerical data with tools used for statistical analysis.
  • collaborate in dynamic work environments icon
    Collaborate in Dynamic Work Environments
    Learn to collaborate with colleagues in varying locations and environments to coordinate and share information.
  • digital devices icon
    Digital Devices
    Explore digital concepts, devices and connectivity within the realm of the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics include networking, securing, and deploying digital devices.
  • digital literacy icon
    Digital Literacy
    Apply appropriate technologies.

Networking Certification Prep

Certifications can be meaningful additions to any education credential, especially for those in technology-focused roles. DeVry’s online Networking Essentials certificate program helps prepare students to take certification exams such as:

  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • CCNA

Career Opportunities

Graduates from DeVry’s online Networking Essentials Undergraduate Certificate program may consider entry level opportunities in positions, such as:

  • Computer Network Support Technician

  • Local Area Network Administrator

  • Network Technician

  • Network System Administrator

Program Courses


MATH114 Algebra for College Students

Tech Core

CEIS101C Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
CEIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems
NETW191 Introduction to Information Technology & Networking
NETW211 Fundamentals of Cloud Computing

Network Systems Administration

NETW260 Intermediate Information Technology and Networking I
NETW270 Intermediate Information Technology and Networking II

Career Preparation

CEIS299 Careers and Technology

Build Skills With Stackable Degrees.

Earn a Credential at Every Step.

You don’t have to wait four years to show a credential on your resume.  At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack. 

  • Start with a shorter credential that takes less time so it’s more affordable
  • Flexible online and on-site classes build your professional skills right away
  • Every course counts toward the next degree level3

How Do Credentials Stack?

Here’s an example: When you earn an undergraduate certificate in Networking Essentials, every course you complete in the program applies to an Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking with a specialization in Network Systems Administration or any specialization of a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and Networking.

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1The IoT Kit is a required expense and is not complimentary.
2Restrictions apply. Please see Scholarships and Grants page for complete details.
3The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. 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.
**The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.