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IT Systems Administrator - Associate Degree

Are you ready to take your first step towards an exciting career in IT? Our IT Systems Administrator program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in this dynamic and fast-paced field. Throughout the program, you'll gain hands-on experience configuring, troubleshooting, and maintaining computer systems, servers, and networks. You'll also learn how to develop effective strategies to protect against cyber threats, such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and encryption. In addition to the valuable skills, you'll gain in the program, you'll also have the opportunity to pursue vendor certifications that are highly valued by employers in the industry. Our expert faculty members are dedicated to helping you succeed, and our state-of-the-art labs and classrooms provide the ideal environment for learning. With our IT Systems Administrator program, you'll be prepared for a variety of exciting career opportunities in IT support and network administration in industries such as healthcare, finance, and government. Don't wait any longer to take the first step towards an exciting career in IT. Enroll in our IT Systems Administrator (IT Network Specialists) program today and start building the skills you need to achieve your goals.

Program Code: 101502
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Area of Study: Information Technology

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All credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Cisco System Administrator, 301506

All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Networking, 611504


  • Day
  • Evening
  • Full-time
  • Online: Some online courses may be delivered at specific times each week.
  • Part-time

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at
  • Submit high school, GED, or HSED transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable) to
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at or 920-498-5444.

What are my courses?


Students following the study plan below will complete the IT System Administrator Associate Degree in the number of semesters shown.

Total Credits 61
  • Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.

Program Outcomes

  • Implement computer networks
  • Implement client systems
  • Implement server operating systems
  • Implement network security components
  • Develop technical documentation
  • Troubleshoot network systems

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

with 100% in field

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

  • Network Support Specialist: designs and configures networks, installs hardware and software components, and maintains network performance.
  • Systems Administrator: develops security procedures, assigns access rights, installs application software, and configures user profiles.
  • Successful completion of the course work in this program will prepare a student to pursue vendor certification.

Employment opportunities with additional education

  • UNIX/LINUX Administrator
  • PC Support Specialist
  • Help Desk Technician
  • IS Certifications, such as MSCE, A+, Network+, Linux+, Security+, VCP-DCV, and CCNA
  • Network Analyst
  • Microsoft Network Administrator
  • Network Certifications such as, CCENT, CCNA, Linux+, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, VMware Certified Professional, EMC2

What's next after graduation?

Start here. Finish at a four-year.

NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.

What else do I need to know about the program?


Programs in the College of Business at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP's accreditation process follows the Baldrige model. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.

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Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses.

Learn more about upcoming study abroad opportunities.

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Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.