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Networking and System Administration
Master of Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Graduate Program Contact Qi Yu

This master of science program is designed to provide both the knowledge and the technical skills needed to successfully compete in this environment. It 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. Thus it examines the organizational and the technological issues involved in enterprise scale networking including: emerging network technologies, network processing, high performance computing, network programming, and security. The program is intended to prepare graduates to assume leadership positions in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations dealing with evolving networking solutions or to continue their education through the pursuit of advanced degrees.

  • Price

    $1,129 per credit hour (2019-20)

  • Duration

    30 credit hours required

    A full-time student could finish the program in 2 year, and a part-time student could complete the program in 4 years.

  • Courses
  • Jobs
    • Network Engineer
    • System Administrator
    • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
    • Computer Network Architect
    • Computer and Information Research Scientist
    • Computer Systems Analysts
    • Information Security Analysts
  • 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
    • 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
  • Program Differentiators
    • 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
    • RIT alums hail from more than 147 countries and work for more than 3,723 employers
    • Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 121,000-strong RIT alumni community
    • We build programs based on real-time employer demand
    • The same faculty that teach on-campus, teach online
    • RIT faculty have extensive experience in the classroom, in research, and in their professional fields
    • We provide the same library services and resources, including a dedicated librarian, for online students
    • Our career specialists provide advisement to help you plan, prepare for, and meet your career goals
    • We provide enriched personalized academic advising
    • You receive the same RIT credential as traditional on-campus graduates
  • Application Requirements

    Applications may be submitted any time during the year. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your intended start date.

    To be considered for admission to the master of science in networking and systems administration program, candidates must complete the online application form and fulfill the following requirements:

    • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
    • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B). The GRE is recommended for those applicants whose undergraduate grade point average is less than 3.0.
    • Applicants from foreign universities must submit GRE scores.
    • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
    • Submit a current resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation
    • A year of object-oriented programming is expected
    • A test of English Language aptitude (TOEFL) is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (internet-based) are required.  Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic)  are accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic exams if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English. These countries include: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British West Indies, Canada, England, Guam, Ireland, Mauritius, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Virgin Islands and Wales.
    • Certain countries are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Learners from Syria, Sudan, North Korea, the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Iran and Cuba may not register for online courses at RIT. Nor may individuals on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the United States Commerce Department’s table of Deny Orders. By registering for online courses at RIT, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.
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