Network Administrator

Associate in Applied Science Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5104 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 24388


Program Description
SUNY Ulster is a Cisco Regional Academy and is also a member of the Microsoft IT Academy program. This program is designed to include the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) sequence, and the Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). Program graduates will be prepared for the CCNA, CCNP, and MCSE examinations. The College has a classroom and hardware lab on the Stone Ridge campus dedicated to the Network Administrator curriculum.

Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the AAS Network Administrator Degree program, a student will be able to

• Understand the fundamentals of computer Networking;
• Successfully undertake the CISCO CCNA examination;
• Successfully undertake the Microsoft MCP examination;
• Successfully undertake the CISCO CCNP examination;
• Successfully undertake the Microsoft MCSE examination;
• Be qualified for employment in the field as helpdesk/repair depot technicians.


Employment Potential
Upon completion of this program, students will have earned an Associate in Applied Science degree. They will be qualified for such positions as entry-level network administrator, intermediate help desk, and personal computer or network support personnel.

Graduates of the program can earn the following additional certificates: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) from CISCO; Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MSCE) and Mircosoft Certified Professional from Microsoft; A+ Certification in hardware and NET+ from COMPTIA.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment
  • MAT 098 Basic Algebra, CIS 100 Introduction to Computer Information Systems (or equivalent computer experience)

Developmental Assistance Available
For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements, or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, Patrik Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

Karl Wick
Coordinator, Network Administration
Office: Hardenbergh Hall, HAR 109
Phone: 800:724-0833, ext 5177 or


Anita Bleffert-Schmidt
Coordinator, Computer Science and Computer Information Systems
Office: Hasbrouck Hall, HAS 212 A
Phone: 800:724-0833, ext 5195 or

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here

Click on the Course Number for the course description.

NOTE: First and second semesters are the same for the Mircosoft and the CISCO options. The third and fourth semester for each option is listed below.

First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
CIS 116 Operating Systems and Utilities 3
ENG 101 College English I 3
MAT 120 Computer Mathematics


NET 101 Networking Fundamentals I 3
NET 102 Networking Fundamentals II 3
Semester Credits 15
Second Semester
CIS 215 Microcomputer Hardware and Telecommunications 3
NET 103 Local Area Networks 3
NET 104 Wide Area Networks 3
NET 170 * Installing, Configuring, and Administering MS Windows Server and Professional 3
Elective ** Liberal Arts Elective 3
Semester Credits 15

Cisco Option
Third Semester
NET 202 Advanced Router Configuration 3
NET 204 Building Remote Access Networks 3
Elective * NET/CIS/CSC Elective 3
Elective Natural Science Elective 3-4
Elective Social Science Elective 3
Semester Credits 15-16
Fourth Semester
ENG 227 Technical Writing 3
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
NET 206 Configuring LAN Switches 3
NET 209 Optimizing Converged Networks 3
PHI 210 Professional Ethics 3
Elective * NET/CIS/CSC Elective 3-4
Semester Credits 16-17
Cisco Option Total Credits 61-63

Microsoft Option
Third Semester
NET 222 Implementing and Administering MS Windows Network Infrastructure 3
NET 224 Implementing and Administering MS Windows Directory Services Infrastructure 3
Elective * NET/CIS/CSC Elective 3
Elective Natural Science Elective 3-4
Elective *** Social Science Elective 3
Semester Credits 15-16
Fourth Semester
ENG 227 Technical Writing 3
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
NET 234 Managing a Windows Networking Environment 3
NET 236 Active Directory Design and Internet Security and Acceleration Server (AD Design & ISA) 4
PHI 210 Professional Ethics 3
Elective * NET/CIS/CSC Elective 3
Semester Credits 17
Microsoft Option Total Credits 62-63
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.

* Prerequisite sequences: NET 101, 102, 103, 104. NET 102 and CIS 116 are the prerequisites for NET 170.
For the Cisco option third and fourth semester: NET 202, 204, 206, 209.
For the Microsoft option third and fourth semester: NET 222, 224, 234, 236.

** Oral Communication, Public Speaking, or Desktop Publishing is recommended.
*** ENG 101 is a pre/co-requisite for all history courses and 200-level sociology courses.