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

Network Equipment

Student and Professor at whiteboard

Student at computer

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 (Troy) 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)

Computer Information Sciences (CIS) majors/minors must pass CSCI 140 and CSCI 270 with a C or better.

21 credits required from:
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 Seminar12 credits selected from:
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 ScienceCommunication Component (6 credits)

Select two of the following courses: 
COMM 306 Group Dynamics and Methods
COMM 326 Communication and Technology
COMM 327 Organizational Communication
ENGL 218 Technical Writing
ENGL 315 Written Business Communication.Business Component (3 credits)
MGMT 210 Principles of Management

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 3
CSCI 101 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 *‡WI-MGMT 210 3
*CSCI 185 Script Programming 3 *CSCI 450 Networking OS 3
THEO 100/200 Level (Gen Ed) 3 Elective, non-CIS 3
Foreign Language 101 if needed (Gen Ed) 3 Foreign Language 102 if needed (Gen Ed) 3
KIN Activity 1-2 Theo, Phil, Catholic Studies, Justice (Gen Ed) 3
Elective, non-CIS 3    
Total Credits 16-17 Total Credits 15

Year Three

FallCreditSpringCredit
*CSCI 365 3 *CSCI 415 3
*WI-CSCI 435 3 *WI-COMM 306 or COMM 227  3
*CSCI 499 Internship 3 Electives, non-CIS 9
WI-ENGL 218 3
Elective, non-CIS 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

Year Four

FallCreditSpringCredit
*CSCI 470 3 CSCI 475 Capstone 3
THEO/PHIL/CATH 300+level 3 Electives, non-CIS 12
# Humanities (Gen Ed) 3
Electives, non-CIS 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

Undergraduate Scholarships

For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code is 001889.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics, contact the Admissions Office so we can help be sure you're getting what you need. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

First-Year Scholarships

Amounts are for first-year students entering St. Ambrose in the 2020-21 academic year.

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.

Your scholarship will automatically renew each year of your undergraduate studies, for up to four years, as long as you maintain satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree, a minimum 2.0 GPA, and remain a full-time student. 

FOR STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS

On Campus (Merit-Based Scholarships)

Ambrose Advantage Scholarships
Criteria: Iowa resident, Pell Grant eligible, 2020 high school graduate, min. unweighted GPA 2.8, admitted to SAU and FAFSA filed by Mar. 15
Award: Full Tuition

Trustee Scholarships
Criteria: unweighted 3.9 GPA and minimum 29 ACT or 1340 SAT score
Award: $25,000/year and invited to compete for a full tuition scholarship

Presidential Scholarships
Criteria: minimum unweighted 3.8 GPA and 28 ACT or 1310 SAT score
Award: $22,500/year

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $14,000-$20,000/year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
$12,000/year

On Campus (Additional Institutional Scholarships)

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

Freeman Pollard Diversity Awards
Criteria: ethnically diverse student
Award: $500-$1,000/year


FOR STUDENTS LIVING OFF CAMPUS

Off Campus (Merit-Based Scholarships)

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $12,000-$15,000/year (Iowa resident) or $13,000-16,000/year (non-Iowa resident)

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $10,000/year

Off-Campus (Additional Institutional Scholarships)

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

Freeman Pollard Diversity Awards
Criteria: diverse student
Award: $500/year

International Student Scholarships

At SAU, our international students can qualify for university scholarships and grants based on academic achievement, merit, and their performance and abilities in fine arts and athletics.

Below, you'll find a quick summary of financial awards, and we continually look for ways to make an Ambrosian education even more affordable and attainable. Recently, we began offering athletic scholarships for Marching Band and Esports.

If you have any questions or want to apply, please contact the International Student Admissions office. 

Institutional Scholarships (2020-21)
There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students are automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria, although some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible.

Academic Scholarship – $14,000-$20,000/year

Athletic Scholarships
We have many international student-athletes who are contributing and growing their skills as valued team players. As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student-athletes. The amount varies and is based on performance and ability. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody the value of developing both the mind and body.

To qualify for an athletic scholarship you must be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at playNAIA.org

To learn more about all of our athletic teams and opportunities – including Esports – click here

Fine Arts Scholarships

These scholarships are based on your performance and ability in art, music, or theatre, and you may qualify for the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required. Contact the Admissions office to apply or for more information. 

See below to learn more about outside scholarships and we encourage you to begin your search early.

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2020-21 academic year. 

St. Ambrose scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters only and renewable up to 120 credits of undergraduate study, which includes credits transferred to St. Ambrose from prior attendance. For example: If you transfer in with an AA/AS degree, you would receive a scholarship for two additional years at St. Ambrose.

Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa
Criteria: awarded to all Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society members transferring from a community college
Award: $15,500

OR

Transfer Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on GPA
Awards (Iowa residents):
3.5-4.00 GPA $15,000 
3.0-3.49 GPA $14,000
2.5-2.99 GPA $13,000 
2.0-2.49 GPA $11,000 

Awards (non-Iowa residents):
3.5-4.00 GPA $13,000 
3.0-3.49 GPA $12,000
2.5-2.99 GPA $11,000 
2.0-2.49 GPA $10,000 

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $1,000 per year (on campus); $500/year (off campus)

Dual Admission Scholarships
Criteria: participant in SAU/community college dual admission program
Award: $1,000 maximum

Freeman Pollard Diversity Awards
Criteria: Ethnically diverse student; FAFSA required. Additional aid available by application
Award: $1,000/year (on campus); $500/year (off campus)

Federal and State Aid

Iowa Tuition Grant
Criteria: based on financial need, Iowa residents only. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1, deadline July 1.
Award: $6,000

Federal Pell Grant
Criteria: based on financial need; file FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $6,195 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Criteria: based on financial need, priority to Pell Grant recipients. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study
Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $1,850

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student-athletes.

These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at playNAIA.org

With more than 29 varsity athletic teams and state-of-the-art facilities in which to play them, the Fighting Bees of SAU are bold contenders on any field. Watch this video

Fine Arts Scholarships

How do I qualify for a fine arts scholarship? 
Scholarships are awarded based on performance and ability in art, music and theatre. Review the various requirements below:

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.


Timothy Yara

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Network Administration and Computer Network Security,Enterprise Systems Engineer,Class of 2018


Tim is living his dream. It wasn't always easy, but at SAU, he never journeyed alone. Our faculty challenged him to examine every aspect of the field and build new skills, and they supported Tim when he struggled. His holistic education, drive, and academic success led to a highly-exclusive internship in Chicago and post-graduation, a full-time position. He is a enterprise systems engineer for SAP, a leading global software company.

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Kevin Lillis, PhD, Chairperson

Computer and Information Sciences
Ambrose Hall 429
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6429
LillisKevinM@sau.edu

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