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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

Information Technology/Cybersecurity Faculty
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Janet Johnson

Information Technology/Cybersecurity Faculty
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Tim Preuss

Information Technology/Cybersecurity Faculty
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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


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