• Network Administration and Security

    M State’s hands-on programs help prepare students for rewarding careers in computer information systems, which include some of the fastest growing jobs nationwide.


Network Administration and Security

Learn the computer, networking and software skills needed to support and maintain computer network systems in business environments. Students in M State's Network Administration and Security program are encouraged to complete the requirements for specific vendor certifications.

The 66-credit AAS degree is offered on both our Moorhead and Wadena campuses.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Administer operating systems
  • Configure routing and switching
  • Configure infrastructure server roles
  • Demonstrate need for policy
  • Evaluate network security methods
  • Utilize IP communications technologies
  • Develop redundancy and availability strategies
  • Design computer networks
  • Troubleshoot network issues
  • Generate electronic documents
  • Troubleshoot information technologies
  • Communicate effectively with clients, users and peers


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Flexible class scheduling
  • Faculty committed to student success
  • Academic industry partners ensure students are learning skills needed by employers
  • Courses align with vendor certifications
  • Opportunities to participate in collegiate competitions

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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Network Administration and Security Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Dan Carter
Computer & Network Technology Instructor
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Janet Johnson
Network Security and Information Technology Instructor
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Randall Johnson
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Tim Preuss
IT Instructor
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Network Administration and Security


Required computer courses for AAS degree

  • Introduction to Programming and Scripting
  • Microcomputer Databases
  • Cisco I and II
  • IT Essentials
  • Linux I
  • Network Security
  • Enterprise Network Technologies
  • Network Operating Systems
  • Informatics
  • Managing Directory Services
  • Security Breaches and Countermeasures
  • Web Security
  • Network Defense
  • Voice over Internet Protocol and IP Telephony
Network and Computer Systems Administrator regional wage

Network and Computer Systems Administrator regional wage
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

Graduates will find career opportunities as: IT support specialist (help desk), application support specialist, customer support specialist, health information technology, network administration, network technician, telecommunications technician, server administration, web administration, web developer, web master, computer programmer, mobile app developer, and cyber security.

Description: Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.

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All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead

data source: Career Coach

data source: Career Coach


Network and Computer Systems Administrator employment

472 Employed in your area

20 Estimated annual job openings

47 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Network and Computer Systems Administrators in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 27 6%
25-34 165 35%
35-44 138 29%
45-54 95 20%
55-64 43 9%
65+ 4 1%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

data source: Career Coach


Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 09:35am