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Field of Study: Computer Systems Networking and Administration

Introduction

Programs in computer systems networking and administration prepare people to manage linked systems of computers and devices.

 

Overview

Computer systems networking and administration programs include topics such as:

  • Computer hardware and software
  • Local area (LAN) and wide-area (WAN) networking
  • Networking theory and solutions
  • Operating systems and applications
  • Information systems security
  • Outage control
  • Problem diagnosis

Concentrations
In computer systems networking and administration programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Networking and telecommunications
  • System administration
  • System, networking, and LAN/WAN management
  • Computer security

Schools
Many community colleges offer associate degree programs in computer systems networking and administration. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in computer systems networking and administration. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in computer systems networking and administration. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.