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.

The time it takes to complete a BYU-Idaho online program depends on how many credits (or course hours) a student takes each semester. Most courses are worth two or three credits each. A certificate is comprised of 15-19 credits. An associate degree is comprised of 60 credits. And a bachelor's degree is 120 credits.

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 admission requirements can apply to begin the next available semester. Visit our Online Admissions page for information about qualifications, application deadlines, and how to apply.