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Microsoft System Administrator Technical Diploma

Program Code: 301505

Prepare for a variety of entry-level systems administrations careers. With this technical diploma program, you'll learn aspects of data networking and security, data storage, network administration and operating systems software. You'll gain an understanding of Microsoft Windows Server, Windows client systems and virtualization technologies. Plus, you can work to obtain industry certifications to enhance employment opportunities. Typical job duties include the installation, configuration, administration and operation of client and server systems including Microsoft Windows server and Windows client. All credits from this program may be applied toward the Network Specialist-IT Associate Degree.

Follow Your Path

All credits in this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
• IT Systems Administrator, 101502


Employment Potential

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

• Computer User Support Specialist

• Network and Computer Systems Administrator

• Software System Developer


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to
• One year of high school algebra completed.
• User level familiarity with one or more computer operating environments.
• Ability to use computer keyboard and mouse.
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021
Green Bay
Sturgeon Bay
Students following the study plan below will complete the Microsoft System Administrator Technical Diploma in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-150-163 IT:NETWORK:CISCO 1 ...cable characteristics and termination, structured cabling systems, OSI reference model, IP addressing and subnetting, network architectures and basic protocols, Ethernet switches, basic router operation and configuration.
10-150-175 IT:NETWORK:NETWORK ESSENTIALS...develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of client OS installation, configuration, administration, and troubleshooting; network connectivity; standard system maintenance procedures; command line introduction; and basic PowerShell script writing.
10-804-133 MATH & LOGIC ...Students will apply problem solving techniques from discrete mathematics.Topics include symbolic logic, sets, algebra and base number systems (Prerequisite: Next Gen Arith score greater/equal to 250 AND Rdg score greater/equal to 250; OR TABE A 9/10 Math greater/equal to 12.7 AND Rdg greater/equal to 8.8; OR TABE 11/12 Math greater/equal to 780 AND Rdg greater/equal to 573; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor 920-498-5444).
10-150-165 IT:NETWORK:MICROSOFT SERVER 1 ...Acquire necessary skills for supporting and configuring Windows Server including installation and configuration of an Active Directory Domain. Account administration, group policy management and core server roles and features are identified while preparing for MCSA Exam 70-410. (Prerequisite: 10-150-175, IT:Network:Network Essentials)
10-150-192 IT:NETWORK:POWERSHELL...introduction to PowerShell concepts and how it is used for managing Microsoft networks; develop fundamental understanding of Windows management through the use of native command-lets, programming logic, and script development. (Prerequisite: 10-150-175 IT: Network: Network Essentials, Corequisite: 10-150-165, IT:Network:Microsoft Server 1)
10-150-187 IT:NETWORK:MICROSOFT SERVER 2 ...acquire necessary skills for administering Windows Server environment including Active Directory management, Group Policy, backup and recovery; PowerShell remoting, and infrastructure management; and security concepts while preparing for MCSA Exam 70-411. (Prerequisite: 10-150-165, IT:Network: Microsoft Server 1, 10-150-192 IT: Network: PowerShell)
10-150-190 IT:NETWORK:MICROSOFT SERVER 3 ...advanced Windows Server administration including advanced Active Directory management, infrastructure, desktop/server deployment; Hyper-V, VDI, PowerShell automation tasks, high availability and other advanced server services while preparing for MCSA Exam 70-411(Prerequisites: 10-150-187, IT:Network:Microsoft Server 2).
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

• Install and configure the OS, Active Directory, Group Policies, IIS and security.
• Install and perform administration of remote workstation.
• Deploy enterprise software.
• Install and configure Terminal Services, multi-domain management and migration.
• Analyze and manage administration scripting, performance monitoring, and network security.


Industry Credentials

Graduates of this program may work toward the following industry certifications:
• Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist-Windows Client and Windows Server (MCTS)
• Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate-Windows Server (MCSA)

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. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit