IT Network Specialist – Online Accelerated Cohort

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: STEM
  • Program Code: 10-150-2
  • Offering: Online
  • Degree Type: Accelerated (Associate)
  • Start Dates: January

About the IT Network Specialist – Online Accelerated Cohort Degree


The Accelerated Online program is an 18- to 20-month, cohort-based program where students take technical courses from the IT Network Specialist associate degree and IT Networking and Infrastructure Administration technical diploma. You work with the same set of students and instructors for the duration of the program, reducing redundancy and using the same learning tools throughout. 

This is an excellent environment for adult learners, career changers, displaced workers, and students with existing degrees. To complete the associate degree, general education courses are taken outside the structure of the cohort.

Certification preparations in this degree include:

  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP-DCV)
  • Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA)
  • AWS Cloud Foundation (AWS CP)
  • AWS Associate Architect (AWS SA)
  • Windows Client (MCP)
  • CompTIA (A+, Network+ and Security+)
  • Testout Microsoft Server Certifications - Install and Storage, Networking

Admission to this program requires an interview with an IT Networking instructor. To initiate that process, please fill out the form below. You will be sent an email with the contact information for the instructor.

Program Application Form (link)

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IT Networking and Infrastructure Administration

Through hands-on coursework, you will set up network operating systems and work with emerging technologies. Certification preparations in this program include: VMware Certified Professional (VCP-DCV), Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Windows Server and Client, and CompTIA (A+, Network+ and Security+).

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This program prepares you for industry-sought certifications, including CompTIA’s A+, Network +, Security+ and Mobility+ Device Administrators (iOS, Android and Windows), Microsoft Certified Professional in Windows Desktop, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Support Technician (MCITP), Apple OSX Certified Support Professional (ACSP), HDI-SCA, HDI-DST and ITIL Foundation.

Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
IT-107 Social Networking and Business Communications 3
ITNET-101 Network Communications (Network+) ^ 3
ITNET-110 Managing Windows Desktop (Client) Operating System ^ 3
ITNET-131 Introduction to Networks (Cisco 1) ^ 3
ENG-197 Technical Reporting
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
ITNET-112 MS Server Administration 1 ^ 3
ITNET-132 Routing/Switching Essentials (Cisco 2) ‡ ^ 3
ITSEC-124 Network Security (Security+) 3
ITSUP-102 CompTIA A+ Essentials 3
ITNET-111 MS Server Administration 2 ^ 3
ITNET-133 Scaling Networks (Cisco 3) ‡ ^ 3
ITNET-154 Scripting for Network Administrators ^ 3
ITNET-159 Cloud Infrastructure Services 3
MATH-123 Math With Business Applications ‡ ^
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
ELECTIVES (Three 100-level credits needed) 3
ITNET-157 Virtualization Technologies ^ 3
ITNET-198 Network Specialist Internship ‡ 1
ITNET-199 Integrated Project - Network Specialist 2
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
SOCSCI-197 Contemporary American Society
(or) Any 200-level HIST or SOCSCI course

‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the IT Networking and Infrastructure Administration diploma.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times and locations, visit the full course catalog (link).

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.

2021-2022 Program Card

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Implement computer networks
  • Implement client systems
  • Implement server operating systems
  • Implement network security components
  • Develop technical documentation
  • Troubleshoot network systems

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities are strong. This associate degree program prepares you for entry-level positions with opportunities for advancement. The program also prepares you for many industry-sought certifications.

Possible Careers

Cisco Certified Network Associate
Desktop Support Specialist
IT Field Technician
Junior Network Administrator
Network Technician
Network Specialist
Junior Network Engineer
Junior Network Analyst/Specialist

Admission Requirements

  • One year of high school-level algebra or one semester of college-level algebra
  • Admission to this program requires an interview with an IT Networking instructor. To initiate that process, please fill out the form on this webpage. You will be sent an email with the contact information for the instructor.


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Last updated: 08/30/2021