Computer Network and System Administration

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My Michigan Tech: James Hax

Small class sizes, personal relationships with professors, and great learning opportunities? Plus the time of your life on the Keweenaw? That’s Michigan Tech for James.

Design and maintain networks. Fend off hackers.

Michigan Tech will prepare you to design, build, and maintain the computing and communication infrastructure in an enterprise environment.  Median starting salary $65,000, with 95% job placement rate.

As a CNSA major, you’ll learn to build and troubleshoot computer networks, manage massive databases and storage systems, and work with industry-standard operating systems, all with an eye toward the security, privacy, and safety of people, businesses, and facilities.  You’ll graduate ready to work in one of today’s most challenging and exciting careers: computer network design and security.  Focus your studies on computer/network security, information technology management, or network engineering.

Enjoy 24-hour access to the computer network lab and the virtual cluster. Learn network architecture, system management, programming languages, and communication protocols. Acquire the skills you need to head straight to a fulfilling job.

Be Ready for What Tomorrow Needs:

  • Provide infrastructure and IT services for real clients in the IT Oxygen Enterprise.
  • Play hack-and-defend “capture the flag” in class and in national competitions through the cybersecurity student group Red Team.
  • Build relationships to further your career in the Association of Information Technology Professionals.

Create the Future with Careers In:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Network engineering
  • Application development
  • Enterprise business systems
  • Information technology

Huskies Get Hired By:

  • Cerner Medical
  • IBM
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • NASA
  • US Department of Defense
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Progressive Insurance
  • Harley Davidson
"My colleagues are consistently impressed with all of my background knowledge and my ability to hit the ground running. After working in the field, it’s obvious to me that the CNSA program is light years ahead of most schools." Matthew Wilson, 2010, Information Security Specialist at Valvoline

Customize your Degree:

Focus areas available in:

  • Cybersecurity
  • IT Management
  • Network Engineering

Minors available in:

  • Cybersecurity

Accelerated Master's:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Health Informatics

Take Courses Like:

  • Storage Area Networking
  • Digital Forensics
  • Wireless System Administration
  • Database Management
  • Computer and OS Architecture
  • Cybersecurity

Learn more about computer network and system administration at Michigan Tech!