Computer Network Administration


Solve problems and oversee function and maintenance in organizations, security firms, government, and more with your Computer Network Administration degree. Your diligence for efficiency, attention to detail, and persistence through challenges is rewarded and recognized at St. Ambrose.

SAU also offers majors in Computer Science and Cybersecurity. And our 4+1 program allows you to earn your undergraduate degree and a Master of Science in Information Technology Management in five years, saving you time and tuition.

Our graduates work at Bandag Inc., Command Business Systems, Equistar Chemical, Deere & Company, MA Ford Manufacturing, and many others.


Ambrose Advantages

  • Hands-on Learning and Internships
  • Answer Real-World Challenges in Capstone Project
  • Student-Focused Faculty

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Our faculty keep pace with the ever-changing world of technology and work beside you so you gain the industry knowledge that matters today and the skills and tools that will matter tomorrow. Small classes encourage curiosity and questioning. Real experience in the workplace makes you job-ready in this continually growing and evolving industry.

Read our fact sheet on Computer Network Administration (pdf)


More Information on the Computer Network Administration Program

What will I learn?

Delve into the wide-ranging world of Computer Network Administration with a curriculum that supplies both the intricate understanding of the IT world and the critical business communication and management skills needed to succeed in it. Courses include programming, networks and data communications, legal and ethical issues, forensics, computer and network security, technical writing, business communication, and management. You will complete a capstone project working with SAU's IT department in our modern server room.

Our internship program offers quality, experiential learning with workplace partners invested in your success. SAU students have worked side-by-side with network and technology experts at a number of regional and national corporations, including the National Security Administration, Google, Deere & Company, Arconic (formerly Alcoa), and Genesis Health Systems.

In addition, we offer majors in Computer Science and Cybersecurity.

Many of our students choose to continue their education at SAU. Our Master of Science in Information Technology Management prepares IT professionals to effectively analyze, create, and manage information systems that meet the needs of your organization. And with our 4+1 program, you can earn both degrees in five years, saving you time and tuition.

All of our programs are strengthened by our CIS Alumni Advisory Council. These alumni are successful, working IT professionals and industry leaders from across the U.S. They are invested in the university and care about our students. Their job on the council is to offer input and feedback on our curriculum and give advice on industry trends, which ensures your education is relevant and strong.

What are some job possibilities?

Computer network administration professionals may work as network administrators, systems administrators, network engineers, or systems integration senior technicians.

At an entry-level job, network administrators can earn nearly $50,000/year. With more experience, your salary can jump into the mid-60s.

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Tim Yara '18 is an enterprise systems engineer for SAP, a leading global software company.  "SAU offers outstanding majors that are specifically driven to the technology field," Tim said. "Within the industry, you will be using the skills you learn in the courses. That's what helped me get where I am today, working for the leading software company in the world."
  • David Bloom '08 is a software engineer at Apple, Inc., and previously has worked for Cue and Google. As an undergraduate at St. Ambrose, he found himself searching for glitches in programming, and one discovery led to an internship at Google, which ultimately led to a job. He also interned overseas at Opera, one of the oldest internet browser services in Norway.
  • Liz (Toye) Trilikis '99 is a digital platform manager in the Caterpillar Global Services division and for the past 7 years has been a leader in Caterpillar's eCommerce Division, chiefly responsible for a global Commerce platform & Order Management system.
  • Mitch Myers '86, a vice president of customer success at BMC Software in Plano, Texas, is confident the computer science and business classes at SAU helped him "learn how to learn. It was less about specific skills such as programming and more about learning how to think about business and strategies." 
Faculty

Kevin Lillis, PhD, Chair and Professor

Sayonnha Mandal, PhD, Asst. Professor
Gary Monnard, PhD, Professor

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Network Administration (42 credits)

All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

All CIS majors/minors must pass CSCI 140 and CSCI 270 with a C or better.

Required (21 credits):
CSCI 140 Foundations of Computer Science
CSCI 185 Script Programming
CSCI 270 Networks and Data Communications
CSCI 365 TCP/IP Fundamentals
CSCI 435 Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing
CSCI 470 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communication
CSCI 475 Capstone Seminar

Choose 5 (15 credits):
CSCI 250 Introduction to Cybersecurity
CSCI 281 Discrete Structures
CSCI 375 Network Forensics
CSCI 415 Computer and Network Security
CSCI 425 Computer Forensics
CSCI 450 Network Operating System Topics (may be repeated with different topic)
CSCI 480 Topics in Computer Science
CSCI 490 Independent Study in Computer Science
CSCI 499 Internship in Computer Science (1-3 credits)

Communication Component – Choose two (6 credits):
COMM 306 Group Dynamics and Methods
COMM 326 Communication and Technology
COMM 327 Organizational Communication
ENGL 218 Technical Writing
ENGL 315 Written Business Communication

Exit Survey
During the last semester before graduation, Computer Network Administration majors are required to complete a CIS Department Undergraduate Exit Survey.

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan of study for students to graduate in four years with a degree in Computer Network Administration. This plan assumes the student has not satisfied the foreign language requirement (three years of foreign language in high school).

Year One

FallCreditSpringCredit
†CSCI 140 Foundations of Comp. Sci. 3 †CSCI 270 Networks and Data Communications 3
CSCI 250 Intro to Cybersecurity 3 Humanities 3
†COMM 129 Intro to Public Speaking (Gen Ed) 3 IL 101 Information Literacy (Gen Ed) 1
†ENGL 101 English Composition (Gen Ed) 3 KIN 149 Wellness Concepts (Gen Ed) 1
Creative Arts (Gen Ed) 3 PHIL 100/200 Level (Gen Ed) 3
    Natural Science (Gen Ed) 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 14

Year Two

FallCreditSpringCredit
CSCI 281 Discrete Structures 3 Electives 6
*CSCI 185 Script Programming 3 *CSCI 450 Networking OS 3
THEO 100/200 Level (Gen Ed) 3 Theo, Phil, Catholic Studies, Justice (Gen Ed) 3
Foreign Language 101 if needed (Gen Ed) 3 Foreign Language 102 if needed (Gen Ed) 3
KIN Activity 1-2
CSCI 499, Internship 3    
Total Credits 16-17 Total Credits 15

Year Three

FallCreditSpringCredit
*CSCI 365 TCP/IP Fundamentals 3 *CSCI 415 Computer and Network Security 3
Electives 6 THEO/PHIL/CathStudies 300-400 level 3
Elective, non-CIS 3 Elective, non-CIS 3
*WI-ENGL 218 Technical Writing 3 Electives 6
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

Year Four

FallCreditSpringCredit
*CSCI 470 Adv. Networks and Data Comm. 3 *CSCI 475 Capstone 3
*CSCI 435 Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing 3 COMM 327 Organizational Communication 3
# Humanities (Gen Ed) 3 Elective, non-CIS 3
Elective, non-CIS 3 Electives 6
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

WI=writing intensive
† CIS Department majors/minors must pass this course with a C or better
‡ This course may be repeated for credit provided the programming language is not repeated
# Must be taken from two different departments
* Needs prerequisite

MSITM 4+1

The MSITM 4+1 is an accelerated program that allows you to earn your undergraduate and advanced degree in only five years, saving your time and money. You can start earning credits toward the MSITM your junior year and up to 18 graduate credits may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

You can apply to the MSITM program in the spring of your sophomore year. Accepted students will be allowed to register for MSITM graduate classes the following semester. Current St. Ambrose students, as well as new transfer students, are eligible to apply provided they have met the following:

  • Currently enrolled at St. Ambrose University as a CS, Cybersecurity, or CNA major
  • Have a faculty advisor from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Will have completed 60 credit hours by the end of the term in which the application is submitted
  • Have a GPA of 3.2 or greater

Academic Performance

If you earn a "C" in any graduate course, or your cumulative GPA drops below a 3.0, you'll be required to meet with your academic advisor and the MSITM program director to evaluate your standing in the program and plan of study.

Course Restrictions

The following pairs of graduate/undergraduate courses include content that overlaps significantly and cannot both be taken for undergraduate credit:

  • CSCI 300 Systems Analysis and Design
  • CSCI 600 Systems Analysis in the Enterprise
  • CSCI 415 Computer and Network Security
  • CSCI 515 Computer and Network Security
  • CSCI 435 Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing
  • CSCI 640 Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Technology Management
  • CSCI 470 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communications
  • CSCI 570 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communications

4+1 Course Sequence for Computer Network Administration majors:

Required:

  • CSCI 140 Foundations of Computer Science
  • CSCI 185 Script Programming
  • CSCI 270 Networks and Data Communications
  • CSCI 365 TCP/IP Fundamentals
  • WI-CSCI 435 Legal and Ethical Issues of Computing (MSITM 4+1 students take WI-CSCI 640 Legal and Ethical Issues in IT Management)
  • CSCI 470 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communication (MSITM 4+1 students CSCI 570 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communications)
  • CSCI 475 Capstone Seminar

Select 12 credits from:

  • CSCI 281 Discrete Structures
  • CSCI 375 Network Forensics
  • CSCI 415 Computer and Network Security (MSITM 4+1 students take CSCI 515 Computer and Network Security)
  • CSCI 425 Computer Forensics
  • CSCI 450 Network Operating System Topics (may be repeated with different topic)
  • CSCI 480 Topics in Computer Science
  • CSCI 490 Independent Study in Computer Science
  • CSCI 499 Internship in Computer Science

-- MSITM 4+1 students can substitute any CSCI graduate course for any course in this section.

Communication Component, select two :

  • COMM 306 Group Dynamics and Methods
  • COMM 326 Communication and Technology
  • COMM 327 Organizational Communication
  • ENGL 218 Technical Writing
  • ENGL 315 Written Business Communication

-- MSITM 4+1 students can substitute any CSCI graduate course for any course in this section.

Business Component (3 credits):

  • MGMT 310 Principles of Management (MSITM 4+1 students take CSCI 740 Management of Information Technology)

Ready to apply? Click here for the MSITM application.

Minor in Computer Network Administration (21 credits)

CIS Department majors/minors must pass CSCI 140 and CSCI 270 with a C or better.

9 credits from:
CSCI 140 Foundations of Computer Science
CSCI 185 Script Programming
CSCI 270 Networks and Data Communications

2 courses selected from: 
CSCI 365 TCP/IP Fundamentals
CSCI 450 Network Operating System Topics
CSCI 470 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communication

Communication Component (2 courses selected from): 
COMM 306 Group Dynamics and Methods
COMM 326 Communication and Technology
COMM 327 Organizational Communication
WI-ENGL 218 Technical Writing
WI-ENGL 315 Written Business Communication

Scholarships and Grants

First-Year

St. Ambrose offers excellent scholarships and grants, work-study and other financial aid options! Full-time students may be eligible based upon your strong academic performance in college, your talent in fine arts or athletics or your demonstrated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code for the FAFSA is 001889.

First-Year Scholarships and Institutional Aid 2022-2023

There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria. The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using unweighted high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Please note, while St. Ambrose University has a test-optional admissions policy, standardized test scores are required for both admission to specific programs and/or eligibility for top academic scholarships. Scholarships and grants are renewable for four years of undergraduate study. 

Your scholarship will automatically renew each year of your undergraduate studies - up to four years - as long as you maintain satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree, achieve certain GPA requirements (see below), and remain a full-time student. 

Download helpful PDFs of this information here: First-Year Iowa Resident or First-Year Out of State Resident


IOWA RESIDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS

Iowa Resident On Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Trustee Scholar
Criteria: unweighted 3.9 GPA and minimum 29 ACT or 1340 SAT score. Must maintain 3.25 cumulative GPA in successive years.
Award: $25,000/year and invited to compete for an Ambrose Scholar full-tuition award

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $15,000-$21,000/year

University Grant
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $13,000/year

Iowa Resident On Campus Additional Institutional Aid

Ambrose Advantage
Criteria: Iowa resident, Federal Pell Grant eligible, 2022 high school graduate, min. unweighted GPA 2.5, admitted to SAU, and FAFSA filed by Mar. 15. To remain eligible in subsequent years, students must maintain 2.5 GPA and qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.
Award: Full tuition

Athletic Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $1,000/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500-$1,000/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year

Menke Parish Scholarship
Criteria: Diocese of Davenport parishioner, additional application required
Award: $1,000/year



IOWA RESIDENTS LIVING OFF CAMPUS

Iowa Resident Off Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $13,000-$16,000/year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $11,000/year

Iowa Resident Off Campus Additional Institutional Scholarships

Ambrose Advantage
Criteria: Iowa resident, Federal Pell Grant eligible, 2022 high school graduate, min. unweighted GPA 2.5, admitted to SAU, and FAFSA filed by Mar. 15. To remain eligible in subsequent years, students must maintain 2.5 GPA and qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.
Award: Full tuition

Athletic Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $500/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500-$1,000/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year



OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS

Out of State On Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Trustee Scholar
Criteria: unweighted 3.9 GPA and minimum 29 ACT or 1340 SAT score. Must maintain 3.25 cumulative GPA in successive years.
Award: $25,000/year and invited to compete for an Ambrose Scholar full-tuition award

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $17,000-$23,000/year

University Grant
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $13,000/year

Out of State On Campus Additional Institutional Aid

Athletic Scholarships
Critieria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Critieria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $1,000/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500-$1,000/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year

Menke Parish Scholarship
Criteria: Diocese of Davenport parishioner, additional application required
Award: $1,000/year



OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS LIVING OFF CAMPUS

Out of State Off Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $14,000-$17,000/year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $11,000/year

Out of State Off Campus Additional Institutional Scholarships

Athletic Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $500/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year

State and Federal Grants, Work Study

Grants are money that you don't repay, and they can come from government or private sources. SAU receives all financial aid funds directly - including loans and grants - then applies them to your account: once in the fall term and once in the spring term. Grants can be used to cover your tuition, books, and housing costs. You must apply for grants each academic year. If you have any loan funds in excess of your costs, you may receive a refund. If you are a first-time borrower, there is a 30-day hold on your first disbursement. For all of these grants, you must complete the Free Application Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1.


Iowa Tuition Grant
To be eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant, you must be a resident of Iowa as defined by the State Board of Regents and currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an undergraduate degree program at an eligible Iowa college or university (SAU is eligible). Iowa College Aid administers need-based college financial aid for Iowans, such as the Iowa Tuition Grant. FAFSA deadline is July 1.
Award: $6,800

Federal Pell Grant
Awarded to students of the highest need based on how much your family can contribute to your education. The U.S. Department of Education sets a Expected Family Contribution (EFC) threshold. Then, when you file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it computes where you land within that threshold and determines if you qualify for the grant and for how much.
Award: $6,345 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
To qualify, you must file a FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 15 and you must qualify for a Pell Grant. This grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students who have submitted all required documents for review and in time for the review to be complete. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant or SEOG, the awards will appear on your financial aid award letter. Award: $400 maximumFederal Work Study
Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $1,850

Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant 
Provides aid to students intending to teach in a high-need field at a school that serves low-income families (as determined by the U.S. Department of Education or a state education agency). Review criteria and all details here.
Award: up to $4,000

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.


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Kelly Burns

BA in Computer Network Administration,Modern Woodmen of America, Supervisor of Systems Administration,Class of 2013


You can't argue the value of an education based in the liberal arts, no matter which Computer Information Sciences program you pursue. It enriches your experience on campus and in the world – now and in the future – and most importantly, you gain those especially important "soft skills" employers crave in new hires and those they repeatedly promote, like Kelly.

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Kevin Lillis, PhD, Chairperson

Computer and Information Sciences
Ambrose Hall 429
518 W. Locust St.
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563-333-6429
LillisKevinM@sau.edu

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