Dr. Muhieddin Amer, Department Chair

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.


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.


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 a traditional on-campus setting as well as an online format.


The program is accredited by the Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs (MOE-HEA) and is licensed by the KHDA. According to Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report, RIT’s master’s degree programs are ranked among the best master’s degree programs in the United States of America.


Typical Course Sequence




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.





"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."

Salman Al Abboudi


Emirati nationals can apply for a Betha Scholarship under the ICT Fund for this program. For details: click here

To Apply for funding: click here


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