Networking, Planning and Design Advanced Certificate

Develop a strong foundation in the design and implementation of network systems for a ranging of industries.


The networking, planning and design advanced certificate provides foundational knowledge in enterprise network architecture and administration, project management, and the network design progress. Learn how to design and implement sophisticated network systems as you handle the new challenges of emerging network technologies and system administration.

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.

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

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.


Curriculum for Networking, Planning and Design Adv. Cert.

Networking, Planning and Design, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
Project Management
A study in the principles of project management and the application of various tools and techniques for project planning and control. This course focuses on the leadership role of the project manager, and the roles and responsibilities of the team members. Considerable emphasis is placed on statements of work and work breakdown structures. The course uses a combination of lecture/discussion, group exercises, and case studies. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
Enterprise Computing
This course explores enterprise systems (clouds, server farms, mainframes, and clusters/grids) from the environment, networking, storage, security, and system administration perspectives. Students in this course gain an understanding of the knowledge and concepts needed to manage, perform research in, and administrate those architectures. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
Emerging Computing and Networking Technologies
Computer networking and computer system technologies have dramatically changed the way that businesses operate and how they accomplish their organizational goals. Most of the current technologies used today have their roots in the early days of the internet and computing. The changes that have occurred since then have been largely at the margins, rather than developed in a wholesale fashion. As our discipline moves forward there are a substantial number of emerging technologies in development to address the inadequacies of the currently deployed technologies. If widely adopted, these technologies will change how technologies support organizations and individuals creating a whole new paradigm for computing, networking, and the security of our computing environment. Students will be researching the current state of several of the most significant emerging technologies. The course will consist of a combination of lectures where technologies will be presented and explained; independent labs, modeling and simulation exercises that will reinforce the students’ understanding of the technologies by allowing them to work with them in a hands-on fashion; and independent literature research do serve as a foundation for future work in this degree program. (Prerequisite: NSSA-606 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
Network Design and Performance
This course will examine the design and performance of networks based on the top down approach. Students will learn to design networks based on identified business needs through a phased approach starting with requirements gathering and analysis, technical goals study, logical design, physical design followed by simulating the network and assessing the performance and optimizing the design. The designs include site, campus, and enterprise networks. Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies will be combined with Local Area Network (LAN) technologies in the design of enterprise networks. Students will learn to assess the business goals and their application to the network goals. Given the serious security threat faced in networks today, this course will provide a modular approach to designing security strategies for the network ground up in the design. The significance of network management to a design of a secure and manageable network will be discussed. (Prerequisites: NSSA-602 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
Total Semester Credit Hours

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.

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