Effective technical leadership in a modern enterprise relies on a combination of strong technical knowledge, an awareness of upcoming technological trends, and an understanding of basic business concepts and processes. The master of science in networking and system administration enables students to study, develop, and become proficient in the practices, methodologies, and techniques used in the management of modern IT network infrastructures. The focus is on enterprise-scale problems and solutions, addressing the needs of a medium to large organization.
The program consists of two required core courses, three domain courses, up to four technical electives (depending upon capstone option chosen), and a capstone thesis or project.
To be considered for admission to the MS program in networking and system administration, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
- Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B)*,
- Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
- Submit two professional recommendations, and
- Complete a graduate application.
- International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) are required. Applicants with a lower TOEFL score may be admitted conditionally, but will be required to complete a prescribed program in English preparation along with a reduced program course load. Applicants from foreign universities also must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Visa forms cannot be issued by RIT for part-time or distance education.
*The GRE is recommended for those applicant's whose undergraduate grade point average is less than 3.0.
Last updated March 2, 2016