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Program Information

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in System Administration degree program provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required for learning industry specific methodologies and recognized standards associated with computer system administration. Students will develop skills and knowledge required to execute system administration and management tasks. The curriculum combines coursework in system administration along with a general education component. For assistance in program planning, or to explore additional transfer options, students should schedule a time to meet with an academic advisor. This degree may transfer in part or in its entirety to baccalaureate institutions. Students should meet with a representative of the transfer institution when planning their program.

Developmental Courses

Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics, reading or typing/keyboarding. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.

  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    1. Design and develop plans for various project and operational needs.
    2. Successfully install and configure modern data center devices and technologies.
    3. Demonstrate the skills necessary to maintain system and environmental standards.
    4. Exhibit mastery of problem-solving skills to investigate and troubleshoot issues.
    5. Function as a responsible and ethical IT professional for organizations and society.
    • A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • Satisfy residency requirements.
    • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
    • Courses within the 45 credit program requirements must be completed within four years. Student may petition to extend the window beyond the four years.
    • Completion of specific degree requirements.
    • To complete your program, please submit the appropriate application found here.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.


    NOTE: You are encouraged to contact an academic advisor at 763-433-1230 for course planning assistance and information about transfer credit evaluation and transfer options.

  • 22 credits

    BUS 1103 OR BUS 1145 Human Relations in the Workplace OR Customer Service 3
    CNET 1100 Introduction to Information Technology 3
    CNET 1105 Introduction to Cybersecurity 1
    CNET 1212 Client Operating System 3
    CNET 1213* Server Operating Systems 3
    CNET 2110* Principles of IT Security 3
    CNET 2114 Fundamentals of Linux/UNIX 3
    CNET 2125*+ System Virtualization 3
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
    +prerequisite effective beginning Spring 2024

    23 credits

    Select 23 credits from the following:
    CNET 1000 IT Exploration 2
    CNET 2101* Introduction to Networks 3
    CNET 2220* Cyber Operations 3
    CNET 2230* Ethical Hacking 3
    CNET 2302*    Routing, Switching, and Wireless Essentials 3
    CNET 2305* Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation 3
    CNET 2390* IT Service Management 2
    CSCI 1101*  Introduction to Computer Science & Problem-Solving  3
    CSCI 1106* Fundamentals of Computer Science I 4
    CSCI 1201 Database Systems 4
    *Course has a prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
    ^ Course requires Instructor permission.
  • 16 credits

    Complete a minimum of 15 credits in at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) including the courses listed below.
    1. Communication
      ENGL 1120* OR 1121* 4
      CMST 1110 OR CMST 2215 OR CMST 2220 3
    2. Critical Thinking   
    3. Natural Science  
    4. Mathematical/Logical Reasoning  
       MATH 1200* OR PHIL 1105 3
    5. History/Social/Behavioral Sciences  
      ECON 2205 3
     6. Humanities/Fine Arts   
     7. Human Diversity   
     8. Global Perspective   
     9. Ethical/Civic Responsibility  
     10. People and the Environment
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • *Some occupations may require advanced education

    • Computer & Information Systems Manager
    • Network Administrator
    • Wireless Network Specialist
    • Computer Support Technician
    • Help Desk Specialist
    • Network Security Analyst
    • Computer Systems Administrator
    • Server Support Specialist

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