Online Network Administration Degree Programs

Find out about degrees and online options for aspiring network administrators. Learn about the classes offered at each degree level, along with employment options. Schools offering Computer Networking degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Network Administration Degrees Can I Earn Online?

Many online programs in network administration are available, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. You can earn associate's, bachelor's or master's degrees completely online. Some schools also offer certificate programs in network administration, usually for specific software, such as Cisco or Microsoft. These certificate programs are sometimes only available to students who are already participating in network administration degree programs, and Cisco classes may not be offered online.

Degree OptionsAssociate's, bachelor's, master's and certificate programs offered online
Online Course StructureNo special requirements other than course-specific software; hybrid courses may also be offered
Common CoursesUndergraduate courses include server technology and operating systems; graduate courses include routing and network security
Job DutiesMonitor networks for security problems, upgrade software and hardware, troubleshoot problems

How Do Online Programs Work?

You can certainly find network administration programs that can be completed entirely online; however, hybrid programs are available if you'd prefer to take some campus-based courses. Most online programs are run through a series of course websites. Each course you take will have access to a Web page that provides all the information you'll need for completion. You can log onto your course websites for lectures, discussions and questions.

All online programs require you to have regular access to a computer and an Internet connection. Many network administration programs specify whether you need a Mac or a PC. Most programs also require you to purchase additional software for some of your courses.

What Courses Will I Take?

Your courses will vary depending on what degree you're seeking. Most undergraduate and graduate programs will include courses in information technology, management principles, system administration and web development. You might see the following course subjects in your undergraduate curriculum:

  • Technology and network management
  • Operating systems
  • Computer forensics
  • Server technology
  • Database administration

Courses in a graduate program usually build upon what you learn in an undergraduate program and expand upon similar topics. Graduate program course topics might include these:

  • Routing
  • Storage area networks
  • Switching
  • Management
  • Network security

What Can I Do with My Degree?

Your job eligibility depends on the level of education you choose to complete and on your prior experience. As a network administrator, your tasks may include upgrading computer software and hardware, monitoring networks for potential security problems and troubleshooting. You could find a career in network administration for a large or small company. You may also be able to work as a consultant for multiple companies. With experience, you might be able to find a career managing a company's information technology and networking department

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