You want to study network and security administration but you don’t want—or can’t afford—to study for four years? Our associate’s degree is a good option for learning just the basics. You’ll learn basic security, systems, and networking fundamentals that will allow you to get to work sooner. And if you decide later that you want to continue your education, your bachelor’s degree will build on your associate’s degree without requiring you to retake classes.
Benefits of studying network and security administration at DSU
DSU has approachable faculty who are well-versed in the industry. They pull knowledge from real-world experience and cultivate an extremely open learning environment. You'll be encouraged to seek out your interests, and you'll be teamed up with others who can help you. Our professors also maintain partnerships with many industry-leaders—which might help you find an internship.
Classes are kept small. Since so many of the courses are hands-on, it’s crucial that the instructors are able to spend time with students in class. Because of this, class sizes are small (usually 25 students or less).
Outside the classroom, students can join student activities and clubs like the Computer Club or Gaming Club. There are also LAN parties, programming contests, MACSTECH Scholarship opportunities and a wealth of research opportunities. Grants and scholarships are also available for network and system administration students.
DSU is unique for its virtual and physical labs. As a student, you'll have a great deal of equipment and supporting services to help develop your skills and gain hands-on experience. These labs will provide a safe environment for you to learn in. You can try out network set-ups and exploits. You can use enterprise-level hardware like routers, switches, firewalls, and VoIP phones to practice real-world configurations. Or, you can practice defensive hacking and network forensics—safely.
Students in this program may be eligible for the Fast Track program. Contact the Dean of the College of Business and Information Systems for more information.
Get your degree online
Our network and security administration program is also offered completely online. Learn more about our online network and security administration program.
Want to learn more about our network and security administration bachelor’s degree? Our four-year program will help you go further.
Possible job titles
- Systems administrator
- Network systems engineer
- Information security consultant
- Security administrator
- Systems analyst
- Network administrator
- Information technology administrator
See what classes you’ll be taking with our plan of study.
Schedule a campus visit to meet network and security administration professors and students in the department and see the campus.
You can always contact us with any questions—or just to talk about what is possible.