IT - Network Specialist
61-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
Program Code 10-150-2
Network specialists create and maintain computer systems essential for day-to-day business operations, ensuring network security and connectivity. Install and troubleshoot network and client operating systems, configure routers and switches, and manage remote clients and devices. Explore cloud security, cost and core services, and understand and implement virtualization in an enterprise.
How Long It Will Take
Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in two years.
You can begin this program in the fall or spring semester.
How This Program Is Offered
This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting. Evening completion options are available.
What Makes This Program Unique
- Leverage current industry-standard tools including Microsoft Server, AWS Cloud, VMware vSphere virtualization, Cisco routers and switches with IOS, Linux OS Server and wireless equipment.
- Complete real-world business challenges in state-of-the-art labs that use the latest Cisco routers and switches and other current business-class hardware and software.
- Learn how to automate tasks with PowerShell, bash and Python scripting languages.
- Local and national competitions allow you to demonstrate competencies and engage with students from other colleges and universities.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.
You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.
How To Apply
- Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
- Submit official high school transcript.
- Complete placement assessment.
- Complete Computer Skills Assessment.
Deadlines To Know*
Fall 2020 Start
- Submit application by August 3, 2020
- Complete checklist items by August 10, 2020
Spring 2021 Start
- Submit application by January 5, 2021
- Complete checklist items by January 11, 2021
* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.
Financial Aid Eligibility
As a program student, you are eligible to receive:
- Financial aid loans
- Other forms of assistance
Learn more about financial aid.
The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.
Learn more about tuition and fees.
$59,000 – $94,000 annually
Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.
Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.
If you have excellent communication skills – both technical and non-technical -- enjoy interpreting data, are a logical thinker and detail oriented, a career as a network specialist might be right for you. Those who work in this field are tasked with monitoring network equipment, and maintaining, installing and configuring computer hardware and software.
- Network Administrator
- Network Engineer
- IT Technician
- Systems Administrator
Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.
High School Dual Credits
Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.
Transfer Opportunities After WCTC
WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.
|College||Program Name||Credit Awards|
|Cardinal Stritch||Any Bachelor Degree in the College of Business and Management||60+|
|Colorado State University-Global Campus||Any Bachelors Degree||up to 64, 10% tuition discount|
|Concordia University - Wisconsin||Any Bachelors||Up to 84|
|Franklin University||Any Bachelors Degree||Junior Standing|
|Grand Canyon University||Any Bachelors||10% tuition discount|
|Lakeland University||Any Bachelors Degree||Junior Standing|
|Mount Mary University||Bachelor Degree||Junior Standing|
|Ottawa University||Bachelor of Arts or Science||up to 80, and 35%+ tuition discount for WCTC grads|
|Purdue Global||Any Bachelors||credits vary, 20% tuition discount|
|UW-Green Bay||Organizational Leadership - Bachelor of Applied Studies||Block of 60 credits|
|UW-Oshkosh||BS Leadership and Organizational Studies||credits vary, 100% online|
|UW-Stout||BS Management (100% online)||up to 60|
|UW-Stout||BS Career, Technical Education & Training (100% online)||up to 60|
|UW-Stout||BS Information and Communication Technologies||up to 60|
|Wisconsin Lutheran College||Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership||50-70|
- Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
- Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
- If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.