Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Networking and Systems Administration MS

Program Overview

The MS degree in networking and systems administration provides both the knowledge and the technical skills needed to successfully compete in this environment. the program 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 prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations dealing with evolving networking solutions or to continue their education through advanced degrees. It is available for full- and part-time study both online and on-campus.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Science


  • Approximately 75 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 1 block, 12 weeks/semester or 15 weeks/semester
  • Co-op availability: fall through summer

Salary Information

Co-op:     $23.32                     $14.00 - $38.00
MS:          $75,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

Advanced administration for wired and wireless networks deploying infrastructure protocols: TCP/IP, PPP, RIP, STA, and Ethernet. Scripting in Perl. Application development using Java. Declarative code using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. Major infrastructure services: DHCP, DNS, LDAP, NFS, Samba, Active Directory. Routing and switching tasks involving OSPF, EIGRP, etc. Experience on multiple platforms: Windows, MacOS, and Linux. End User requirements gathering, solution design and deployment.

Equipment & Facilities

Each lab is fully equipped with high-end Windows 10, Windows Server, Mac OSX, Linux and UNIX based PC platform computers. There is a full array of networking equipment from vendors such as Cisco, Extreme Networks, and Nortel including hubs, over 100 switches, and more than 80 routers. The labs are also equipped with wireless access points, layer 3 switches, network simulation, network data capture and virtualization software.

Job Titles

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

Significant Points

  • According to, RIT ranked in the top 10 for Best Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree. • RIT ranked #9 for Best Colleges for Information Technology in America.
  • Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Box Inc, Cisco Systems, Cisco Meraki, Crestron Electronics, Datto Inc., Dell, Wegmans Food Markets, Oracle, Liberty Mutual, , Xerox Corporation, RSA Security Inc, Fidelity Investments, Google, Sorenson Communication, Synacor Inc.,