Network and System Administration

Launch Your IT Career with Expertise in Network Design and System Security

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Program Overview

Interested in a career at the forefront of technology? The Network and System Administration program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is your entry into the world of digital infrastructure. This program equips you with the expertise to manage and maintain the vital networks and systems upon which modern businesses rely. You will delve into topics such as network design, system security, and data management, gaining skills in high demand across various industries.

Our hands-on approach ensures you gain practical experience alongside theoretical knowledge. You will work with the latest technology and software, preparing you for the challenges of a rapidly-evolving digital landscape. Whether you are looking to start a new career or advance in the field of Information Technology (IT), this program offers the tools and knowledge you need to succeed.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Applied Science

Advanced Technical Certificate

Intermediate Technical Certificate


$5,027 – 9,407

Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

1 – 2 years

Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • Network Mastery: Learn the intricacies of network design and management, becoming proficient in modern networking technologies.
  • Security Skills: Develop a deep understanding of system security and data protection, crucial for safeguarding digital information.
  • Hands-On Experience: Gain practical experience with cutting-edge software and hardware used in network and system administration.
  • Problem-Solving Techniques: Hone your skills in troubleshooting and problem-solving, essential for maintaining reliable digital systems.
  • Certification Preparation: Ready yourself for important industry certifications valued by employers including CompTIA Network+, Microsoft Administering Windows Server, and Certiport IT Specialist in Networking, Databases, and Cybersecurity.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Network and System Administration – Associate of Applied Science Degree




Network and System Administration – Advanced Technical Certificate




Network and System Administration – Intermediate Technical Certificate




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Career Opportunities

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers

    Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.


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  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators

    Install, configure, and maintain an organization’s local area network , wide area network , data communications network, operating systems, and physical and virtual servers. Perform system monitoring and verify the integrity and availability of hardware, network, and server resources and systems. Review system and application logs and verify completion of scheduled jobs, including system backups. Analyze network and server resource consumption and control user access. Install and upgrade software and maintain software licenses. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software.


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  • Information Security Analysts

    Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. Assess system vulnerabilities for security risks and propose and implement risk mitigation strategies. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.


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  • Computer Network Support Specialists

    Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area networks , wide area networks , cloud networks, servers, and other data communications networks. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.


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  • Computer Network Architects

    Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks , wide area networks , intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning, including analysis of capacity needs for network infrastructures. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


Step 1

  • Apply to CWI.
  • Choose Network and System Administration as your major.

Step 2

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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