Network Systems Administration

Online Associate's Degree

The growing digital economy means more computer networks, which are critical parts of nearly every organization. Businesses and the technology they utilize continue to change, which is why our Network Systems Administration degree online program helps provide the technical knowledge that is currently in demand. From working with industry hardware and software to understanding networks, network maintenance and operations and network security, you can graduate in as few as 18 months with the skills to start building a career in technology.1

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  • Fundamentals of Networks

    By learning the fundamentals of technology in our online Network Systems Administration degree, including working with industry hardware and software, understanding networking and network maintenance, operations and network security and network analysis, you can turn your interest in technology into a reliable career. Highly qualified faculty and practical, in-field experience are combined with project-based courses and virtual labs that simulate real-world experiences with relevant applications.

  • Industry Certifications

    Our online Network Systems Administration degree curriculum helps you prepare for testing prior to sitting for industry certifications, such as the Cisco® CCENT, CompTIA® A+ (parts 1 and 2), CompTIA Linux+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ exams and Microsoft® Windows 10 MD-100.2,4

  • Institutional Accreditation and Industry Alignment

    Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The online Network Systems Administration degree program is aligned with industry leaders such as CompTIA and Microsoft® IT Academy, you can feel confident pursuing optimum IT training and job outlook.

  • Self-Directed Assessments

    Save time and money on your Associate's degree with self-directed assessments. These $99 online, interactive assessments allow you to show that you already achieved the skills and knowledge for a particular course and don't need to take it. We'll provide prep materials and you can work with a peer tutor to prepare at no additional cost. Learn more about self-directed assessments and other Knowledge Credit options.

Network Systems Administration Credentials Offered

Network Systems Administration

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources

Intended for

Students who are curious about networks and technology as a means to problem-solve and optimize workflow. Students that are interested in advancing into an entry-level position that offers job security and a path for advancement.

Prepares you for

Network administrator, systems/network analyst, information security specialist, network technician and network and operations support specialist

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What Does My Educational Path Look Like?

Designed with motivated learners like you in mind, our ladder approach to education makes it easy to earn the credentials that you need. At Rasmussen University, our Cyber Security programs stack together into one cohesive Cyber Security ladder system. This means that you’re earning more than credits—you’re earning every credential along the way. No matter where you start, credits transfer from one credential to the next: Network Support Certificate to Network Systems Administration Associate's degree to Cyber Security Certificate (Administrative or Technical specialization) to Cyber Security Bachelor's degree.

Laddering Cyber Security Network Systems Admin

The single panel infographic displays how Rasmussen University's Cyber Security program credentials stack together. The title of the graphic is, "Cyber Security Laddering". At the bottom of the stack and highlighted in green is the Network Support Certificate, followed by Network Support Administrative Associate's degree, Cyber Security Certificate and, at the top, the Cyber Security Bachelor's degree.

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Turn Your Online Network Systems Administration Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing your technology education easier by offering network administrator courses online that fit into a busy working schedule. Through career-focused curriculum, practical online network administrator training and hands-on opportunities in your classes, you can prepare for a successful career across a wide range of industries. Our cutting-edge curriculum is also designed to help prepare students to complete certification exam requirements prior to sitting for industry certifications such as the Cisco® CCENT, CompTIA® A+ (parts 1 and 2), CompTIA Linux+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and Microsoft® Windows 10 MD-100 exams. Rasmussen University will reimburse you for the exam application fee.2 When you’re ready to advance your education and expertise even further, you can transfer your Associate’s degree credits into our online Bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.5 Here is just one example of where an online Network Systems Administration degree can take you.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $52,830 10th Percentile
    • $66,340 25th Percentile
    • $84,810 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2019–2029:3

    4%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree
  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Rasmussen University will reimburse you any out-of-pocket costs of the application fee for each first attempt of up to three designated industry certification exams for which you qualify. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing grade score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees. Rasmussen University will provide practice exams and materials when available.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed July 7, 2021] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed July 7, 2021] www.bls.gov/ooh/. 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.
  4. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
  5. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Study. Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2019. Accessed by July 15, 2020. Data is for persons age 25 and older who are full-time wage and salary earners. https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm
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