Overview

Trends in network communications—unifying wired and wireless infrastructures, Cloud computing, scalability, collaboration tools, and security—can only be coalesced into reliable communication services if there are highly educated and technically proficient networking and systems administration professionals who understand both traditional and emerging communication technologies as well as how to apply these technologies to organizational needs and opportunities.

The explosion in ubiquitous computing today means an increased need for greater efficiency and for better management oversight in the provision of IT services. Network environments are not only becoming increasingly complex, but there is also a greater recognition of the power of information technology to be a strategic enabler of corporate growth and adaptation.

The MS degree in networking and systems administration provides both the knowledge and the technical skills needed to successfully compete in this environment. the program is uniquely focused to address current issues in networking and systems administration through investigation of both the theoretical and the practical aspects of this continually evolving field. Course work examines the organizational and technological issues involved in enterprise scale networking, including emerging network technologies, network processing, high-performance computing, network programming, and security.

The program prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations dealing with evolving networking solutions or to continue their education through advanced degrees. It is available for full- and part-time study both online and on-campus.

Plan of study

The program consists of five required core courses, up to four technical electives (depending upon the capstone option chosen), and a capstone thesis or project.

Industries

  • Computer Networking
  • Internet and Software
  • Telecommunications
  • Defense

Typical Job Titles

  • System Administrator
  • IT Technician
  • Network System Administrator
  • Network Technician
  • Desktop Support Specialist

Curriculum

Networking and systems administration (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • ISTE-605 Scholarship in Information Sciences and Technologies
  • NSSA-602 Enterprise Computing
  • NSSA-620 Emerging Computing and Network Technologies
  • NSSA-615Advanced OOP for Networking and Systems Administration
  • Track or Domain Electives

Second Year

  • NSSA-714 Advanced Large Scale Computing
  • NSSA-790MS Thesis
  • Track or Domain Elective

Networking and systems administration (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • ISTE-605 Scholarship in Information Sciences and Technologies
  • NSSA-602 Enterprise Computing
  • NSSA-620 Emerging Computing and Network Technologies
  • NSSA-615Advanced OOP for Networking and Systems Administration
  • Track or Domain Electives

Second Year

  • NSSA-714 Advanced Large Scale Computing
  • NSSA-791 NSSA Project
  • Track or Domain Electives

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in networking and systems administration, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent). The GRE is recommended for those applicant’s whose undergraduate grade point average is less than 3.0.
  • Applicants from foreign universities must submit GRE scores.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • 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.

Bridge courses

Students must have solid backgrounds in computer programming, networking, and systems administration theory, and practice, and statistics. Students whose undergraduate preparation does not satisfy these prerequisites can make up deficiencies through additional study. The graduate program director will make recommendations on prerequisite course work. Formal acceptance into the program may be possible even though the applicant must complete bridge 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 course work 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 more information.

Program taught in:
  • English
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

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Last updated July 8, 2019
This course is Online, Campus based
Start Date
Jan 13, 2020
Aug 24, 2020
Duration
2 years
Part-time
Full-time
Price
47,522 USD
Annual tuition (12-18 credit hours). Additional fees may apply. Scholarships and aids are available.
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