Dr. Muhieddin Amer, Department Chair

Trends in network communications unifying wired and wireless infrastructures, cloud computing, scalability, collaboration tools, block chain and security can only be fully utilized by a new breed of highly educated and technically proficient professionals who understand emerging communication technologies.  

Our international faculty at RIT Dubai have a strong research background in networking, cybersecurity and wireless communications. As PhD holders with strong industry and consulting experience, they are experts in their field and working with them will help broaden your horizons and skillsets in a range of areas.  From the Internet of Things to 5G and NFV, you’ll learn how to evaluate market trends, evaluate vendors in industry and determine the impact of technology or your organization.



The Master of Science in Networking and Systems Administration program will foster an environment that encourages independent thinking and creativity and will prepare students for doctoral degrees in Networking or a related discipline. Graduates of the program will have the skills to conduct research in emerging technologies and will continue to provide contributions to the advancement of the discipline.


The MS in Networking and Systems Administration (NSA) is designed to provide both the knowledge and the technical skills needed to successfully compete in this exciting field. It addresses current and future issues and technologies in networking and systems administration through both theoretical and practical aspects.

The program explores organizational and technological issues including: enterprise scale networking, emerging network technologies, open source trends, LoRA, network processing, wireless, high performance computing, network programming, block chain, mobile ad hoc networking, cloud computing and security.


The program is intended to prepare technology leaders to assume leadership positions in both government and private  organizations. Alumni are working in positions such as Management Consultants, Software Engineers, Senior systems Administrators and Quantitative analysts, and CITs.  Whether you want to pursue a PhD or progress in industry, the MS  in NSA will help you reach your professional goals.


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



Core (Required) Course - 5 Courses, 15 Credits


ISTE - 605

Scholarship in IST


NSSA - 602

Enterprise Computing


NSSA - 615

Advanced OOP for Networking and Systems Administration


NSSA - 620

Emerging Computing and Networking Technologies


NSSA - 714

Advanced Large Scale Computing


Electives - 3/4 Courses, 9/12 Credits (Thesis/Projects)
(At least one course must be a research course)

NSSA - 610

Advanced Wire Networking Concepts (R) 3

NSSA - 612

Network Modeling & Analysis (R) 3

NSSA - 621

Design and Development of Wireless Networks 3

NSSA - 710

Network Management 3

NSSA - 712

Advanced Storage Technologies 3

NSSA - 713

Enterprise Service Provisioning 3

NSSA - 715

Network Design and Performance 3

NSSA - 716

Enterprise Mobile Computing 3

ISTE - 721

Information Assurance Fundamentals 3

ISTE - 764

Project Management 3
CSEC-744 Network Security 3
Capstone (Thesis is 6 Credits. Project is 3 Credits and required 1 more elective)

NSSA - 790

MS Thesis 6

NSSA - 791

MS Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours - 30




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, 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 and online learning. Students can complete the program in two years.





"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 (100%) under the ICT Fund for this program. For details: click here

To Apply for funding: click here


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