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Network Administration and Security

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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 our Moorhead campus.


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

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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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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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Tim Preuss

IT Instructor
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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


Computer Requirements


Operating System

Recommended: Windows 10 Professional or higher. (Home version does not have many of the needed features)

Accepted: MAC with current Macintosh Operating System. Mac must be running Bootcamp or VMware Fusion prior to attending classes. Check with program faculty for details.

Office Suite

Office 365 is available free to students. This includes Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher and Access. There is also a Mac version which includes Word, Excel and Power Point.

Virus Protection

Symantec End-Point is available to all MState students free of charge.



Intel Core i5/i7 OR AMD FX 8350 processor.

IMPORTANT: The Processor must support virtualization

Hard Drive

750 GB hard drive or larger.


Recommended: 16 Gb or more of RAM

Accepted: 8 Gb RAM

Ethernet Network Interface

100baseT or 1000baseT Ethernet connection

Wireless Network Interface

Wireless capability 802.11n or later


External hard drive of 1 Tb or more


Internal or External CD-RW / DVD Combo Drive

Last modified: June 27th, 2017 at 02:21pm