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Networking, Planning and Design Adv. Cert.

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 will be 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.

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


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

CourseSem. 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:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with course work or extensive work experience in networking, systems administration, and programming in C++; experience in OS scripting (Perl preferred) is beneficial,
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B average or a first class degree from a foreign university),
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, and
  • Complete a graduate application.

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.

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