System Administration

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Overview & Requirements

This certificate is designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge of server and network administration to prepare for entry level positions, or an internship, in the system administration field.

What You'll Learn

Essential Knowledge and Skills (competencies)

  • Learn to install, configure, and troubleshoot network routers and switches.
  • Learn to install, configure, and troubleshoot Linux and Windows Servers.
  • Learn to describe and apply security principles and how they can be applied to both networks and servers.

Careers in this Field

  • Desktop/IT Support
  • Windows System Administrator
  • Linux Administrator
  • Network Support
  • Network Engineer
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
CIT 240 Networking 3
CIT 241 Network Design I 3
CIT 270 Systems Security I 3
CIT 352 Operating Systems I 3
CIT 353 Operating Systems II 3

For more information regarding the courses and requirements in this program, please visit the BYU-Idaho online course catalog, but please note that not all programs listed in the catalog are available online.

For any further questions regarding course scheduling or sequencing, please contact Pathway Student Support.

Our online degree program allows students the flexibility to finish their degree while balancing a busy life, so the time it takes to complete it varies for each person. Students can accelerate to graduation by taking courses year round, or take a semester off when needed. Students have up to eight years to complete a program.

BYU-Idaho Online Courses are designed around the BYU-Idaho Learning Model, with learning activities adapted to the online environment. The class progresses together through the semester and there is frequent interaction between students and with the instructor. Courses taught online and on-campus are based on the same learning objectives.

Students who meet the admission requirements can apply directly to an online degree program to begin the next semester. Once admitted, students can begin immediately working on program requirements. Students who did not come through the Pathway gate are encouraged to take GS 111: Introduction to BYU-Idaho in their first semester. This one-credit block course prepares students to succeed in the online environment as well as charting a course to graduation.