Networking and System Administration MS

Dr. Muhieddin Amer, Division Chair
mxaeee@rit.edu

Program overview

The Master of Science program in networking and systems administration is designed to provide both the knowledge and the technical skills needed to successfully compete in this environment. It is uniquely focused to address current issues in networking and systems administration through investigation of both the theoretical and the practical aspects of this continually evolving field. Course work examines the organizational and technological issues involved in enterprise scale networking, including emerging network technologies, network processing, high performance computing, network programming, and security.

 

Possible Career options

The program is intended to prepare graduates to assume leadership positions in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations dealing with evolving networking solutions. It is available for full and part-time study in both an online format as well as a traditional on-campus setting.

About:

Trends in network communications–unifying wired and wireless infrastructures, Cloud computing, scalability, collaboration tools, and security can only be coalesced into reliable communication services if there are highly educated and technically proficient networking and system administration professionals who understand both traditional and emerging communication technologies as well as how to apply these technologies to organizational needs and opportunities.

Curriculum

The program consists of two required core courses, three domain courses, up to four technical electives (depending upon capstone option chosen), and a capstone thesis or project.

Admission requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B)*,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit two professional recommendations, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based) are required. Applicants with a lower TOEFL score may be admitted conditionally, but will be required to complete a prescribed program in English preparation along with a reduced program course load. GRE score is optional for scholarship review. Visa forms cannot be issued by RIT for part-time or distance education.

* The GRE is recommended for those applicant's whose undergraduate grade point average is less than 3.0.

Additional information

Bridge course

Students must have solid backgrounds in computer programming (C++ required); in networking and systems administration theory and practice; and in statistics. Students whose undergraduate preparation or industrial experience does not satisfy these prerequisites can make up this deficiency through additional study. The graduate program director will make recommendations on prerequisite course work. Formal acceptance into the program may be possible even though the applicant must complete bridge program courses.

Bridge courses are not part of the required curriculum for the master’s degree. Grades for these courses are only included in the student's GPA if courses are completed after matriculation. Bridge course work can be designed in a variety of ways. Other courses can be substituted, or courses at other colleges can be applied. Contact the graduate program director for approval.

Study options

This program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis, through on-campus instruction or via online learning. Full-time students may be able to complete the program in two years; part-time students may take approximately four years.

Maximum time limit

University policy requires that graduate programs be completed within seven years of the student's initial registration for courses in the program. Bridge courses are excluded.

Student Testimonial 

 

salman al abboudi

"Receiving a US Master degree in Networking & System Administration from Rochester, NY, will allow me to achieve my long term goals. The positive environment at RIT Dubai enabled me to combat the dificult assignments and with the help of the faculty the obstacles developed into challenges which became opportunities to achieve my dream. Becoming an RIT Dubai Alumni I look forward to the next level of cooperating with RIT Dubai through the Cooperative Education office and the faculty."

 

Resources

NSA MS Conversion Plan

NSA-MS Worksheet semesters

New York website

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