An instructor stands next to a student who is sitting at a computer

Launch your career in network administration or engineering

Develop the expertise to excel in your networking career. Prepare for generalist positions, such as network administrator, or specialist careers, such as network engineer, at NOVA.


Information Technology: Network Administration Career Studies Certificate

Gain a broad background in networking technologies, administration and support with NOVA's Career Studies Certificate (CSC) in Information Technology: Network Administration. In this program, you'll learn how to expand and maintain a company's physical network and ensure your company stays connected. You'll also learn to analyze hardware and software, troubleshoot issues, and be able to make recommendations for improvements. Coursework for this certificate prepares you for the Windows Server, Security+, Linux+, and Network+ certifications.

One Year
Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Woodbridge, Online
Curriculum Details

Information Technology: Network Engineering (Specialist) Career Studies Certificate

Learn how to build and maintain daily operations of computer networks in NOVA's Career Studies Certificate (CSC) in Information Technology: Network Engineering (Specialist). You'll get the focused training you need to install and configure local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs), optimize WANs, support higher levels of network performance and more. You'll also be prepared to sit for the CISCO Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) certification exam.

One Year
Alexandria, Annandale, Manassas, Woodbridge, Online
Curriculum Details

Why Study Networking at NOVA?

Skilled Networking Faculty

You'll learn from information technology faculty who are experts in the latest technologies, networking, computer operating systems, and telecommunications.

Relevant Networking Courses

you'll take classes that help you develop practical skills for your future career and work with the most current technologies, platforms, and systems.

Affordable Networking Programs

You'll receive an affordable networking education. You may even qualify for prior learning credits (PCLs) or NOVA scholarships to help fund your networking certificate.

Program Details

Network Administration

Are you a big picture person? Maybe Network Administration is the right career for you. Responsible for expanding and maintaining a company's physical network. You will be ensuring that your company stays connected. Throughout the program students will learn to analyze hardware and software, troubleshoot issues and be able to make recommendations for improvements. The network administrator program immerses you in course work that sets you up for 3 industry certifications. Already have certs? Great! We’ll give you credit, reducing your costs and time to completion.

Network Engineering Specialist

Like to take a focused approach? As a Network Engineering Specialist you are responsible for building and maintaining the daily operation of computer networks that companies and organizations utilize. These networks typically include an intranet, extranet, local area network (LAN), and wide area network (WAN). The program prepares you to optimize WANs through internet access solutions that reduce bandwidth and lower WAN costs, and provide remote access by integrating remote dial-up access with remote LAN to LAN access, as well as supporting higher levels of performance required for new applications such as internet commerce and multimedia. This C.S.C. prepares you to sit for the CISCO Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) certification exam, which opens doors and brings lifelong career opportunities. Take the next step in a career for the future, enroll in one of our programs today.

NOVA Information and Engineering Technologies


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award information technology: networking certificates.

Networking Program Career Outcomes

By studying networking at NOVA, you'll develop the technical, critical thinking, and communication skills to be successful in networking careers. You'll be prepared to stand out for job opportunities such as networking specialist, computer network architect, or network and computer systems administrator.

Credits and
Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.


Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

Your Next Steps to NOVA