Network and Security Administration (BS)

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Network and security administrators keep the network up and running—and secure. System administration today changes much faster than typical textbook and coursework certifications. That’s why we have a nimble, hands-on approach at DSU. When you study network and security administration (offered on campus and online) at DSU, you’ll be ready.

Benefits of studying network and security administration at DSU

At DSU, we’ll teach you all the basics: networking, business management, cyber security, virtualization and forensics. We'll help you develop networking and security skill sets that will provide a foundation for a life-long career. Graduates will also have a solid business management background, so you can be a more effective communicator and leader.

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 in Network and Security Administration, 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 (like the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and capture the flag) and a wealth of research opportunities. Grants and scholarships are also available for network and system administration students.

Integrated technology

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 College of Computing 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.

We also offer an associate degree for network and system administration. This two-year program will teach you the basics needed to start working in the field—with easy options for continuing with the bachelor’s track degree.

Possible job titles

  • Systems Administrator
  • Network Systems Engineer
  • Penetration Tester

Next steps

See what classes you’ll be taking with our plan of study.

Schedule a campus visit to meet network and system 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.