Systems Administration Certificate

Curriculum CIS.SYA.CERT (C407Y)

The certificate in Systems Administration prepares students for employment as system administrators, system analysts, support personnel and Information Technology (IT) technicians. Prepares students for industry certification exams in IT infrastructure, including Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) in IT infrastructure, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) in Windows Server and MCSA in Linux on Azure.


At the successful completion of the Systems Administration Certificate, the graduate will be able to:

  • describe the hardware and software components of a computer in order to understand their function, dependencies and interactions;
  • install Windows client operating system with configuration necessary for use;
  • install Windows server software with configuration to share network resources and applications;
  • install Linux operating system with configuration necessary for use;
  • configure access controls, security and identity settings to protect network resources; and
  • create and execute backup and recovery plans which protect network resources from operational failures and errors.

Expected Background/Prerequisite Coursework:

Course NumberTitleCredits
CIS 101Computer Systems & Business Applications

3 credits


equivalent work experience

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
CIS 174Windows Client-Server Systems Administration

3 credits

CIS 176LAN Administration: Windows Server

3 credits

CIS 177Introduction to Linux

3 credits

CIS 222Administering Network Infrastructure #

3 credits

CIS 224Managing a Network Environment #

3 credits

CIS 228Administering Directory Services #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:18

Total Credit Hours: 18

See CIS course descriptions.

Coordinator: Michael Henson, Ext. 3354