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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees

Network and Security Administration (AS)

Earn your associate degree in network and security administration

Choose to complete your Associate of Science in Network and Security Administration degree 100% online or on Dakota State University’s campus. With an associate degree from DSU, you’ll learn the fundamentals of computer systems and security to install, maintain, and secure inner-connected networks. Through hands-on learning, you’ll build the skills to administer and troubleshoot network security and infrastructure systems like firewalls, operating systems, servers, routers, and switches.

This program will prepare you for a career in system administration with cybersecurity skills in defensive hacking, penetration testing, and network forensics. You’ll be equipped to implement and safeguard any organization’s computer system and network infrastructure, making you ready to become a valuable IT professional.

Online or on-campus courses

The network and security administration associate degree program is offered 100% online or on campus. Whether you are a traditional student or a working professional, the flexible program allows you to complete your degree in the way it works best for you, online or on-campus, and as a full-time or part-time student. You’ll receive exceptional hands-on experience and expert instruction in all of our courses.

Complete your associate degree in as little as 18 months

Fast-track your education with the option to complete your associate degree in network and security administration in only 18 months. If you choose the accelerated option, you’ll take courses as a full-time student, averaging 15 credits each semester over four consecutive semesters. Courses are offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, allowing you to complete your degree in two years or less.

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Advanced technology resources

As a DSU student, you’ll have hands-on access to enterprise-grade networking gear and servers, which are the most current technology resources for learning network and security administration. The virtual and physical labs provide hands-on projects, preparing you to manage and protect network devices within any industry immediately after graduation.

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Belong at DSU

At DSU, you can be involved in many different clubs and organizations centered around your interests. Join clubs like CybHER, the Defensive Security Club, or Gaming Club to peak your computing passions and boost your resume. Students also compete and place among the top in the nation in network defense competitions like the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition or Esports.

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Bachelor’s degree completion

After completing your associate degree, seamlessly transfer all of your credits toward a bachelor’s degree in network and security administration. DSU offers degrees at every level –  associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral – so there are no limits to your education and career.    

Career possibilities

Our graduates are recruited to work within various industries including business, education, manufacturing, software, finance, and insurance. As an IT network and security professional, you will play an important role in managing and securing technology and data assets.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the AS degree in Network and Security Administration, students will:

  • Understand and implement security controls.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot functional network use (e.g., performance and traffic).


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