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Networking and System Administration MS

Program overview

Effective technical leadership in a modern enterprise relies on a combination of strong technical knowledge, an awareness of upcoming technological trends, and an understanding of basic business concepts and processes. The master of science in networking and system administration enables students to study, develop, and become proficient in the practices, methodologies, and techniques used in the management of modern IT network infrastructures. The focus is on enterprise-scale problems and solutions, addressing the needs of a medium to large organization.

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.

Networking and system administration (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NSSA-601 Research Methods and Proposal Development 3
NSSA-602 Enterprise Computing 3
  Knowledge Domain Courses 9
  Technical Electives 6
NSSA-790 MS Thesis 3
Second Year
  Technical Elective 3
NSSA-790 MS Thesis 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Networking and system administration (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NSSA-601 Research Methods and Proposal Development 3
NSSA-602 Enterprise Computing 3
  Knowledge Domain Courses 9
  Technical Electives 9
Second Year
  Technical Elective 3
NSSA-791 MS Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in networking and system administration, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

* 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 masterís 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.


Career Outcomes

Job Titles

System Administrator, IT Technician, Network System Administrator, Network Technician, Desktop Support Specialist.

Recent Employers

5LINX Technologies, America Online, Anheuser-Busch, Inc, Atlantic Broadband, Bausch & Lomb, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., LLC, Con Edison (Consolidated Edison, Inc.), Eastman Kodak, Enterasys, FBI, Fidelity Investments, GEICO, Genesee & Wyoming Inc., Global Crossing, Hurricane Technologies, IBM, Info Directions, Inc., Intel Corp, M&T Bank, National Security Agency, Nationwide Insurance, Network Performance, Northrop Grumman Corp., Oceana, One Communications, PAETEC Communications, Inc., Paychex, Railcomm, Progressive Insurance, RIT, Rochester City School District, SafeNet, Inc., SecureWorks, Single Digits, Sky-Scan, SunGard higher Education, Susquehanna International Group, Inc., Symantec, The Reader’s Digest Association., Inc., The Travelers Companies, The United Illuminating Company, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Thomson Reuters, Time Warner Cable, Tyco Electronics, US Army CERDEC HQ, US Air Force research


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