List of Accredited Online Degrees

Online Network Administration Degree Grad
An online networking administration degree will prepare you for a career in a growing computer-based field. Companies are expanding their use of technology—particularly for mobile devices—and experienced administrators are needed. Network Administrators are responsible for the daily operations of the networks that allow organizations to function.

You'll learn how to administer and troubleshoot computer and IT network systems. You'll study network architecture, network administration and data security. For a more specialized program, you could also concentrate on cybersecurity issues where you'll learn how to engineer methods for protecting corporate enterprises or mobile systems from hackers and viruses.

Your skills can be used in nearly any industry, so whether you want to work for a nonprofit or a major international business, you should be able to find a position that matches your needs.

THE CAREER PATH

As a graduate holding an online network administration degree, you can pursue a career in one of many different fields. Healthcare, education, financial businesses, the government and IT firms represent some of the biggest employers. In these fields, your work will likely focus on networking and communications, as well as assisting other employees. Small businesses and research firms may also require a knowledgeable networker.

No matter what field you work in, network administrators must perform a wide variety of tasks to support the sustainable maintenance of organizational networks and systems. Some of these tasks can include:

  • Maintain all computer hardware, systems software, applications software, and all configurations
  • Develop and implement computer and systems security policies and procedures
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Conduct research to gain information about products and processes
  • Analyze project data to determine requirements and specifications.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for network and computer administrators is expected to soar 28% in the coming decade. Salaries are impressive with a national median of about $69,000 and may be as high as $124,000. The Bureau also notes that job opportunities will be more prevalent for those who have at least a bachelor's degree, although you may need a master's degree or additional certification to become a network administrator.

WHO IS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE?

A network administration career is for professionals who are interested in working with all aspects of organizational networks and systems, as well as the departments and colleagues that they impact. Professionals who seek these careers tend to have organizational skills, the ability to multi-task, and the knowledge to diagnose and troubleshoot potentially complex problems. And, since network administrators are often vital to the success of their organizations, they must be prepared to resolve problems or address issues during their off-hours. 

Network administration is a career path that opens up many opportunities for professional development and promotion, and individuals seeking a career in network administration must be ready to educate themselves for their entire career on new advancements in technology with new certifications. As long as they can communicate well with others, think critically to solve complex problems, cooperate with others, and can interact with various levels of computer systems and programming, network administrators can be successful in any realm that they desire.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR?

An online networking degree is also commonly called a computer networking or information networking degree. As these names suggest, your program of study will be heavily focused on computer science. Expect an online networking administration degree to include core courses in information technology (IT), networking server administration, databases, programming, network systems administration, telecommunications, computer security and web development. These degree programs will also introduce students to the most relevant programing languages in the industry as well as project and team management strategies.

Most network administrators validate their professional skills and knowledge through certifications in the products that they have used or for certain strengths. The best programs will incorporate courses to prep you for various leading private vendor certifications. The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) in Server Administrator is one such certification, as is Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification (CCNA). You can earn these certifications by taking specific classes, such as Cisco Networking Academy I and II, or through tests. Check with your program of choice for more information on available certifications and the educational pre-requisities needed to complete them.

Network administration programs often include courses like:

  • Network Design & Management
  • Fundamentals of Operating Systems Administration
  • Scripting & Programming
  • Computing Ethics & Security Policy
  • Network Security Challenges

In addition to education, it is common to gain experience through other supportive technical positions before entering a managerial role. A position in network administration can also lead to further advancement in the computer sciences.

COST

According to GetEducated’s rankings, online bachelor’s degrees in computer science usually average around $50,000. Total cost varies with additional expenses like materials, supplies, and further educatinon such as certifications. Specific certifications related to network administration can vary widely in their cost, and employers may be willing to cover the cost of certification for qualified employees.


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List of Accredited Online Degrees

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BS - Network Technology: Microsoft (ABET-accredited)

Because virtually every business requires computer networks that are secure, efficient, and powerful, network-technology skills are highly valued across all industries. Capella University's on...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    180
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

BS - Network Technology: Cisco (ABET-accredited)

Because virtually every business requires computer networks that are secure, efficient, and powerful, network-technology skills are highly valued across all industries. Capella University's on...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    180
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

MS - Network Defense

Capella University’s Master’s in Network Defense program prepares information security professionals to assess, develop, and implement solutions to safeguard the information assets and...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    48
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

MS - Network Management

Prepare to lead teams and expand your career opportunities as you develop the skills to design, implement, and maintain diverse network environments that meet business needs. With this online Mast...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    48
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology / Network Administration

The B.S. in IT—Network Administration degree program is designed for experienced network server administrators who need a bachelor’s degree and certifications to advance their careers....

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    8
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology / Data Networking and Security

The online BS in Information Technology / Data Networking and Security program through Liberty University equips students with critical knowledge in the field of data security. Students in this pr...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems / Data Networking

Liberty University Online’s Bachelor of Science in Information Systems — Data Networking program equips students for positions in a growing career field. Courses emphasize training in<...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Information Technology / Network Design & Security

Liberty University’s online Master of Science in Information Technology / Network Design and Security program improves upon your undergraduate knowledge of information technology or rel...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    36
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Information Technologies / Network & Telecommunications

The Network & Telecommunications concentration program focuses on computer networking essentials, such as managing LANs, WANs, network segments, and Internet and intranet systems, as well as U...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, Not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology / Networking

From remote workstations to shared servers and beyond, computer networking enables individuals to communicate and share information from across the office and the globe. The networking concentrati...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    90
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology / Network Administration

If you would like to pursue infrastructure design opportunities that require you to design and troubleshoot networks, consider this concentration.* *Kaplan Un...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    180
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Cisco Networks

The online Cisco Networks Postbaccalaureate Certificate’s curriculum provides you with the opportunity to: Study to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you s...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    27
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

PC Maintenance Technology - AS Degree

Penn Foster's PC Maintenance Technology program is designed to give students a foundational knowledge of system boards, installation of hard drives, troubleshooting, virus protection,&nbs...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Primarily 2-year, Private for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    1
  • Credit Type:
    Per 2 Year

Graduate Certificate in Network Security

The Graduate Certificate in Network Security program explores subjects such as network security, digital forensics, network infrastructures, and secure mobile networks. Students gain a t...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    12
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of General Studies / Information Networking & Telecommunications

The BGS degree serves as a bridge to numerous graduate degree programs and prepares students for employment in areas not requiring specific baccalaureate degrees. The courses required for Informat...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    124
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Information Networking & Telecommunication / Computer Networking

The BS in Information Networking & Telecommunication / Computer Networking program prepares graduates to work in telecommunications companies or in corporate, education, law enforcement, healt...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    124
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Information Networking & Telecommunications / Web Development

The BS in Information Networking & Telecommunication / Web Development program gives students access to web development, coding, database, e-commerce, video and animation, and/or artistic desi...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    124
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Certificate in Cisco Online Certification / Prep-Program for Cisco Certified Network Associate

The Certificate in Cisco Online Certification / Prep-Program for Cisco Certified Network Associate is designed to help students develop key network design, installation, and maintenance skills in ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    9
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Certificate in Internetworking

The Undergraduate Certificate in Internetworking gives students the knowledge and skills required to become computer networking...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    15
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Undergraduate Certificate in Data Networking

The Undergraduate Certificate in Data Networking offered by Liberty University is a program of study available to students in a completely online format. This program aims to equip students with t...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Graduate Certificate in Storage Area Networks

Regis University’s Graduate Certificate in Storage Area Networks program gives students a foundational understanding of access networks, storage area networks, enterprise storage and high av...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, Not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    12
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Associate in Applied Science in Computer Networking Technology

The online Associate in Applied Science in Computer Networking Technology is designed so that students understand the telecommunications industry and be able to install, troubleshoot communication...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    66
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Associate of Applied Business in Computer Technology

The online Associate of Applied Business degree in Computer Technology provides students with the core knowledge and skills needed for successful entry into the competitive computer industry with ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    4
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester

Network Administration & Cybersecurity Diploma

The online Network Administration & Cybersecurity Diploma provides the knowledge and skills needed to provide technical support necessary for computer networks in a business environment. The c...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Diploma
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    58
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester

Undergraduate Certificate in Microsoft Systems & Networks

The online Undergraduate Certificate in Microsoft Systems and Networks covers a variety of topics within different areas of systems and networks. Courses will teach the fundamentals, working knowl...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    2
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester

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