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Master of Networking and Systems Administration

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    2-3 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

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What you'll learn

About this course

This online Master of Networking and Systems Administration course provides advanced training in the design, implementation and management of computer networks.

Combining theory with industry-based content, the course is designed to prepare students for network and systems administration within a busy commercial environment.

Studying this course, you will cover topics such as network protocols, hacking countermeasures, and IT service management. This course will also let you specialise your qualification by choosing six electives.

Shorter programs

If you choose not to study the entire Master of Networking and Systems Administration, you may be able to complete an alternative program. This is beneficial for students who need to develop a specialisation or who prefer not to commit to the whole study period.

Depending on the units studied, you may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Networking and Systems Administration (32 points).


Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in computing from a recognised tertiary institution

Other attainments or experience may be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Applications for distance education and postgraduate courses are accepted all year round. Provided you are eligible for admission, your application will be held for consideration in the next available intake.

Areas of study

In this Master of Networking and Systems Administration, the subjects you will study include:

These core subjects:

  • Topics in information technology ethics
  • Internetworking with TCP/IP
  • Emerging technologies and innovation
  • Hacking countermeasures
  • Virtualisation
  • Professional communications

And three restricted electives from Group A: elective academic subjects:

  • Wireless networking concepts
  • Network and security administration
  • Internet technologies PG
  • Cloud computer
  • Network security
  • IT risk management

And three subjects from Group B: elective industry subjects:

  • Professional systems security
  • Managing mail servers
  • Practical internetworking
  • Server administration
  • Project management fundamentals
One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Master of Networking and Systems Administration from Charles Sturt University.

This Master of Networking and Systems Administration course is the ideal platform for advancement of your career within the IT and computing industry.

Depending on the chosen industry stream, graduates are qualified to pursue higher-level positions as a network administrator, network engineer or systems administrator.

Curious about where a career in IT could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Network Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • c

Payment options & support

Finance options

Courses that are not Commonwealth support places require students to contribute the full cost of their course. You may be eligible for a loan to help pay for tuition fees through the Commonwealth Government FEE-HELP program.

CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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