Master in Networking & Systems Administration

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Dubai

Program Description

Master in Networking & Systems Administration

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Dubai

Trends in network communications unifying wired and wireless infrastructures, cloud computing, scalability, collaboration tools, blockchain, and security can only be fully utilized by a new breed of highly educated and technically proficient professionals who understand emerging communication technologies.

Our international faculty at RIT Dubai have a strong research background in networking, cybersecurity, and wireless communications. As Ph.D. holders with strong industry and consulting experience, they are experts in their field and working with them will help broaden your horizons and skillsets in a range of areas. From the Internet of Things to 5G and NFV, you’ll learn how to evaluate market trends, evaluate vendors in the industry and determine the impact of technology or your organization.

The MS in Networking and Systems Administration (NSA) is designed to provide both the knowledge and the technical skills needed to successfully compete in this exciting field. It addresses current and future issues and technologies in networking and systems administration through both theoretical and practical aspects.

The program explores organizational and technological issues including enterprise scale networking, emerging network technologies, open source trends, LoRA, network processing, wireless, high-performance computing, network programming, the blockchain, mobile ad hoc networking, cloud computing and security.

Career Options

The program is intended to prepare technology leaders to assume leadership positions in both government and private organizations. It is available for full and part-time study in both a traditional on-campus setting as well as an online format. Alumni are working in positions such as Management Consultants, Software Engineers, Senior systems Administrators and Quantitative analysts, and CITs. Whether you want to pursue a Ph.D. or progress in industry, the MS in NSA will help you reach your professional goals.


Core (Required) Course - 5 Courses, 15 Credits
ISTE - 605 Scholarship in ICT 3
NSSA - 602 Enterprise Computing 3
NSSA - 620 Emerging Computing and Networking Technologies 3
NSSA - 714 Advanced Large Scale Computing 3
NSSA - 615 Advanced OOP for Networking and Systems Administration 3
Electives - 3/4 Courses, 9/12 Credits (Thesis/Projects)
(At least one course must be a research course)
NSSA - 610 Advanced Wire Networking Concepts (R) 3
NSSA - 612 Network Modeling & Analysis (R) 3
NSSA - 621 Design and Development of Wireless Networks 3
NSSA - 710 Network Management 3
NSSA - 712 Advanced Storage Technologies 3
NSSA - 713 Enterprise Service Provisioning 3
NSSA - 715 Network Design and Performance 3
NSSA - 716 Enterprise Mobile Computing 3
ISTE - 721 Information Assurance Fundamentals 3
ISTE - 764 Project Management 3
CSEC-744 Network Security 3
Capstone (Thesis is 6 Credits. Project is 3 Credits and required 1 more elective)
NSSA - 790 MS Thesis 3
NSSA - 791 MS Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours - 30

Additional Information

Bridge course

Students must have solid backgrounds in computer programming (C++ required); in networking and systems administration theory and practice; and in statistics. Students whose undergraduate preparation or industrial experience does not satisfy these prerequisites can make up this deficiency through additional study. The graduate program director will make recommendations on prerequisite coursework. Formal acceptance into the program may be possible, though the applicant must complete bridge program courses.

Bridge courses are not part of the required curriculum for the master’s degree. Grades for these courses are only included in the student's GPA if courses are completed after matriculation. Bridge coursework can be designed in a variety of ways. Other courses can be substituted, or courses at other colleges can be applied. Contact the graduate program director for approval.

Study options

This program may be completed on a full or part-time basis, through on-campus instruction and online learning. Students can complete the program in two years.


Emirati nationals can apply for a Betha Scholarship (100%) under the ICT Fund for this program.


The program is accredited by the Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs (MOE-HEA) and is licensed by the KHDA. According to Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report, RIT’s master’s degree programs are ranked among the best master’s degree programs in the United States of America.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 13, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is
Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
2 years
Part time
Full time
29,178 USD
total program tuition
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for local students. August 15, 2018 for international students.
United Arab Emirates - Dubai, Dubai
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Request Info
for local students. August 15, 2018 for international students.
End date June 30, 2020
Sept. 2019
United Arab Emirates - Dubai, Dubai
Application deadline Request Info
for local students. August 15, 2018 for international students.
End date June 30, 2020