Networking, Planning and Design Adv. Cert.

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Philip Bradley

Department Contact

Qi Yu, Ph.D.

Online Program Available

This program may be completed online. Visit RIT Online for additional information.

Please contact the admissions counselor below for additional information about applying to the online program.

Matt Stever

Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? Yes
Application Deadline February 15th Priority Deadline, rolling thereafter
Admit Term Fall/Spring
Entrance Exam None
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 88-89
PTE Academic 61


Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

The advanced certificate in networking, planning and design provides the knowledge and expertise needed to seek careers that require foundation knowledge of enterprise network architectures and administration, emerging network technologies, the network design process, and project management. Students completing this certificate are able to design and implement plans for sophisticated network design projects; understand and work with emerging technologies in networking and system administration; and develop, test, and implement a network model that simulates the performance of an enterprise scale network.

Plan of study

The program consists of four courses, all of which may be later applied to the MS in networking and system administration.


Networking, planning and design, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
NSSA-602 Enterprise Computing 3
DECS-744 Project Management 3
NSSA-620 Emerging Computing and Networking Technologies 3
NSSA-715 Network Design and Performance 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 12

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate in networking, planning and design, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college with course work or extensive work experience in networking, systems administration, and programming in C++; experience in OS scripting (Perl preferred) is beneficial.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • While GRE scores are not required, they are strongly recommended for applicants seeking admission whose undergraduate GPA does not meet the minimum requirement. Relevant work experience can also strengthen a candidate’s application for admission.

Additional information

Study options

This certificate is intended for part-time study; therefore, RIT cannot issue I-20 paperwork. International students may study part-time through online learning. Courses are available both on campus and online.

Gainful employment

Information regarding costs and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code and occupational profiles for this program can be viewed at

Career Outcomes

The RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education website provides information pertaining to student skills and capabilities, salary data, career information, job outcomes, and contact information for the Career Services Coordinator by program.

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