Navigate Complex Networks In Any Industry

Information Technology Management Associate’s Degree and Diploma—Network Administration Specialization

Our Information Technology Management Associate’s degree and Diploma with a specialization in Network Administration provides you with the knowledge and practical skills you need to successfully navigate complex networks and troubleshoot issues. As a graduate, you can gain a competitive advantage as you start your career in positions such as IT support specialist or network administrator.

Specialize in Network Administration

As businesses become increasingly dependent on technological advances each year, the need for well-trained IT professionals also continues to increase. Our hands-on coursework, taught by industry-certified faculty, provides a core curriculum of IT fundamentals, theory, and practical knowledge in:

  • Windows Active Directory and scripting
  • Cisco networking fundamentals and routing
  • SQL server administration
  • Linux administration

Earn Industry Certifications

To enhance your resume even further, you can earn certifications from industry leaders including CompTIA®, Microsoft® and Cisco®. Our curriculum aligns with industry-standard certification-exam content; and as a student you are required to take one program-designated exam before graduation, with the option of taking up to two additional certification exams at no additional cost—we will reimburse you for your practice exams and application fee.*

Now Aligned with Industry Leaders

CompTIA is the leading association representing the international technology community, developing specialized initiatives and programs dedicated to major areas within the IT industry, including convergence technology, e-commerce, IT training, software services, certification, public policy and workforce development. Its goal is to provide a unified voice, global advocacy and leadership, and to advance industry growth through standards, professional competence, education and business solutions.

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EMC Academic Alliance
The EMC Academic Alliance Program (EAA) provides universities worldwide with EMC’s curricula to educate the next generation of IT professionals, and help meet the industry’s growing demand for advanced technology skills. The EAA Program offers unique, “open” curriculum-based education on technology topics such as virtualization, cloud computing, big data analytics and information storage and management. The curriculum focuses on technology concepts and principles applicable to any vendor environment, enabling students to develop highly marketable knowledge and skills.

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Microsoft IT Academy
The Microsoft IT Academy program provides a complete IT education solution that helps differentiate students in today's competitive job market while broadening their employment opportunities. The program is designed to help drive employability, digital literacy, technical and STEM-focused training and certification, and 21st-century workforce development for students.

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Learn more about our Information Technology Management Associate's degree or Diploma by completing the form on the right or calling us at 888-549-6755. One of our program managers will be happy to answer all your questions.

Program Highlights

Network Administration Courses

Our Network Administration specialization helps prepare you to meet the diverse network needs of businesses in a range of industries. The specialization core curriculum includes the fundamentals of networking, network security, Microsoft Windows server network infrastructure configuring and programming, as well as computer-system administration. In addition, specialized coursework will help you learn to:

  • Design, administer and troubleshoot server systems and networks
  • Install, configure and support server software on Linux and Microsoft platforms
  • Establish connectivity and firewalls
  • Communicate effectively in team and work environments
  • Assess the professional and ethical responsibilities of network personnel

Sample Course List

Cisco Network Routing and Switching
This course prepares students to work with routers and switches in a Local Area Network. Students will learn how to configure and troubleshoot Cisco switches and routers. Concepts in the course will include routing protocols like RIPv1, RIPv2, OSPF, VLANs and VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks, as well as DHCP, DNS, and NAT. This course will help prepare students to take the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) Exam by using a variety of hands-on labs and simulations to understand router and switch configuration by emphasizing practical, real-world principles.
Windows Scripting
This course is designed to teach students basic scripting skills that can be used to automate administrative tasks and reporting. Topics will include an introduction to programming structures like variables, decisions, loops, arguments, and functions. Students will create Microsoft Windows-based scripts using technologies such as VBScript, PowerShell and take advantage of additional features in windows components such as WMI and ADSI.
Windows Active Directory
The course will teach the concepts of utilizing Microsoft Windows Active Directory. Students will learn to install, set up, configure, utilize, maintain and trouble shoot Windows Active Directory. To reinforce the material in this course the instructor will assign direct hands on projects to be performed in a lab setting. Further, this course helps prepare students to take the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam.
SQL Server Administration
The goal of this course is to prepare individuals to work with and administer SQL Server. Students will learn how to install and maintain SQL Server and also how to use various tools helpful in creating backups, promoting security, and to enhance availability and performance of the database.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
Associate's Degree
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High School Diploma


Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Computer User Support Specialist$29,260$37,720$49,170

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook,

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed, and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary. Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years,

Salary data includes earnings of June 2012 – March 2013 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

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For our Information Systems Management Graduates:

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Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer all general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study
  • School of Technology Waivers:
    • Course waivers will be considered for students who have select professional certifications from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA); Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS); Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT); or CIW JavaScript certification.
    • Course waivers will be considered for specific courses within the School of Technology related to the certification.
    • Certifications must have been earned within the last three years.
    • The student's credential will be reviewed, and if the criteria are met, will waive the course requirements and the grades will be posted on the student transcript as a Course Waiver (CW).

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Cisco is a registered trademark of Cisco Systems, Inc.

*Rasmussen College will reimburse you any out-of-pocket costs of the application fee for each first attempt of up to three industry certification exams for which you qualify. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees. Rasmussen College will provide practice exams and materials when available.