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Are you looking to gain skills necessary to be a network administrator? Our Network and System Administration program will equip you with the ability to manage Microsoft Windows networks, configure routers and switches, and troubleshoot PC computing hardware and software. Program curriculum is designed to provide you not only with an Associate of Applied Science degree, but also with the knowledge you need to earn industry-recognized certifications, including Microsoft and CompTIA.
The Network and System Administration class is limited to 20 students, so make sure you Apply and Register early. Spaces fill fast! Get your spot by starting today:
The mission of the Network and System Administration program is to provide students with a rich learning environment that encourages students to explore the fundamental aspects of computer networking, Windows server installation and administration, and network virtualization. Graduates of the program will be prepared to pursue employment as a networking and server professional or pursue additional advanced certifications.
Why This Program
Information technologies have a significant presence in all areas of business today. The Network and System Administration program is designed to provide a solid foundation in networking skills, and addresses the need for IT professionals with a comprehensive understanding of network operating systems. Students install, configure, and manage small to medium sized networks in a virtualized environment. This allows students to practice theoretical networking concepts by completing practice hands-on lab assignments. This prepares our graduates for an exciting future in the IT industry. The Network and Systems Administration program prepares students for industry certifications which validate technical skills to employers.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Demonstrate the knowledge needed to earn industry-recognized certifications, including Microsoft, and CompTIA
- Gain advanced, market relevant skills that employers recognize and respect
- Utilize skills necessary to be a network administrator
- Manage Microsoft and Linux operating systems within a client-server environment
- Configure industry standard routers and switch
- Troubleshoot PC computing hardware and software
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Summer 2023||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Priority Registration Begins1||N/A||April 10||Nov. 13, 2023|
|Open Registration Begins||Feb. 27||April 17||Nov. 20, 2023|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 13||July 29||Dec. 16, 2023|
|Admission Deadline2||May 27||Aug. 12||Jan. 6|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||June 2||Aug. 18||Jan. 12|
|Tuition and Fees Due||June 2||Aug. 18||Jan. 12|
|Classes Begin3||June 5||Aug. 21||Jan. 16|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based on their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Classes in shorter sessions (including 4-, 5-, and 8-week sessions) may begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- General computer skills
- Ability to learn
- Basic understanding of how computers work is helpful
- Good communication and writing skills are helpful
- Ability to troubleshoot complex problems is helpful
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
- Computer and Information Systems Managers
- Information Security Analysts
- Computer Network Architects
- Computer Network Support Specialists
Through the Network and System Administration program, students will gain the skills necessary to be a network administrator, with the ability to manage Microsoft networks, configure Cisco routers and switches, and troubleshoot PC computing hardware and software. Curriculum is developed to requirements of industry certification tests including Microsoft, Cisco and CompTIA
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