Network Design and Development Degree Programs

Learn about degree programs that can prepare you for network design and development jobs. Get information about degree levels and the topics studied along with certification options. Schools offering Cisco Network Systems degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Programs in Network Design and Development Are Available?

You can study network design and development at the certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree level. You'll likely find that these undergraduate offerings also include instruction in network administration. Some schools offer online study in network design at the bachelor's level.

Program LevelsUndergraduate certificate, associate, bachelor's, and master's
Undergraduate TopicsTechnical writing, web development, communications, programming
Graduate CoursesSecurity breaches, user interface design, software testing, Internet protocols
CertificationMany programs prepare students for certification; exams administered through Cisco and Certified Wireless Network Professionals

What Will I Study?

A certificate or associate's degree program can train you to install, troubleshoot and maintain hardware, software and network devices. Your courses also might prepare you for some industry certification exams. You'll likely study Cisco routing technologies, local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network operating systems, network security and UNIX/LINUX programming languages.

In a bachelor's program, you'll complete general education requirements, in addition to studying technical writing, Web development, management, communications, network architecture, math and programming. This interdisciplinary approach should prepare you to design and develop networks, as well as manage multiple networks and users. Other topics you might study include JavaScript programming language, system analysis and tiered infrastructures.

Can I Study at the Graduate Level?

You might choose to complete a master's program in information technology, which generally includes study in network design. Your program also might include courses in forensic analysis of security breaches, user interface design, software testing, performance modeling and Internet protocols.

What Certifications Can I Earn?

Some industry leaders offer certification exams in network design and administration. For instance, Cisco offers the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) designations. Other options include the Certified Wireless Design Professional (CWDP) and Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) certifications offered through Certified Wireless Network Professionals.

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