Rochester Institute of Technology
Masters of Science in Networking & Systems Administration
The MS in Networking and Systems Administration (NSA) is designed to provide both the knowledge and the technical skills needed to successfully compete in this exciting field. It addresses current and future issues and technologies in networking and systems administration through both theoretical and practical aspects.
The program explores organizational and technological issues including: enterprise scale networking, emerging network technologies, open source trends, LoRA, network processing, wireless, high performance computing, network programming, block chain, mobile ad hoc networking, cloud computing and security.
Students must have solid backgrounds in computer programming (C++ required); in networking and systems administration theory and practice; and in statistics. Students whose undergraduate preparation or industrial experience does not satisfy these prerequisites can make up this deficiency through additional study. The graduate program director will make recommendations on prerequisite course work. Formal acceptance into the program may be possible, though the applicant must complete bridge program courses.
Bridge courses are not part of the required curriculum for the master’s degree. Grades for these courses are only included in the student's GPA if courses are completed after matriculation. Bridge course work can be designed in a variety of ways. Other courses can be substituted, or courses at other colleges can be applied. Contact the graduate program director for approval.
This program may be completed on a full or part-time basis, through on-campus instruction and online learning. Students can complete the program in two years.