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System Administration Undergraduate Certificate Online Undergraduate Certificate Program


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Semester Schedule

Two 7-Week Terms Per Semester

Three Semesters Per Year

Credit Hours Required


Time Commitment

10-17 hours per course per week*

*Some courses in this certificate program may have prerequisites. Cost

Cost per Credit


$250 Active Duty Military


Fast & Free Application

Apply By

February 14, 2020

Classes Start

March 16, 2020

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Explore System Administration Undergraduate Certificate

Designed for individuals with a background in networking who are looking to expand into system administration, Champlain's online system administration certificate will allow you to enter the field with a credential employers will respect (and knowledge of 7+ key applications, platforms, and programming languages).

This certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program, or can be used as a stepping stone on the way to obtaining your online bachelor's degree in computer information systems, computer forensics & digital investigations, or cybersecurity.

Build Your Career Future

We understand how important it is for busy working adults to gain knowledge and expertise quickly, which is why our system administration certificate coursework is applicable to the workplace from day one. Whether you've already earned an undergraduate degree or you're currently pursuing your bachelor's degree, a system administration certificate is a great way to earn a credential in the field, get your resume noticed, and demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of knowledge.

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Gain New Skills with a Certificate

Computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow 12% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all new occupations, as a result of an increased business focus on cloud computer, data collection and storage, and information security.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019

Top Reasons to Pursue a Certificate

  • Enter a new field
  • Build new skills
  • Gain knowledge on your way towards a degree
  • Differentiate your resume
  • Earn a credential
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of learning
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Program Details

Learn more about Champlain's 100% online system administration undergraduate certificate, designed for working professionals.

Champlain's online system administration courses encompass the top skills needed by today's information technology professionals.

Required Courses:

  • TCP/IP
  • Windows Server Administration I
  • Linux Systems Administration I
  • Windows Server Administration II
  • Linux Systems Administration II

Plus Choose One Of The Following:

  • Linux Shell Scripting
  • Routers

Course Descriptions Below:

This course is a thorough review of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Suite, which is the de underlying de facto communications protocol standard suite of the Internet. Students will use the Wireshark software to analyze the operation of services provided by TCP/IP, troubleshoot common issues and gain an understanding of related security and management issues.



This hands-on course will cover the fundamentals, of current Windows server systems and network administration. Topics will include the basics of installing the operating system, adding and managing users and groups, installing and managing services, Windows security objects and permissions, disaster recovery, and migration from previous versions of the operating system.


CMIT-130, CMIT-140

A hands-on course covering key components of the Linux operating system. Through hands-on activities students will gain a working knowledge of the Linux operating system. Topics include installation and configuration of Linux, using common commands and graphical interfaces, installing common server applications, User and group account management, as well as performance monitoring and security systems.


CMIT-130, CMIT-140

This course will extend coverage of topics in NETW 250 Windows Server Administration I in order to cover the skills necessary to manage a Windows-based, server in a more complex environment. Students gain an advanced understanding of the Active Directory Structure and how it works. The course will also integrate advanced aspects of Windows security, as well as investigate Microsoft Exchange Server. Assignments will provide hands-on experience administering a virtual server environment.



We will extend coverage of topics in NETW 260 Linux System Administration I in order to provide students with the skills they need to deploy, configure and maintain secure Linux servers within the enterprise infrastructure. Many of the topics will provide in-depth coverage of topics including Apache Web Server, SAMBA, NFS, scripting, secure implementations, DNS, DHCP, and, user administration. Extensive lab exercises in a multi-server virtual machine environment will help students put their new skills into practice.



Students will see actual constructs of several Linux scripting languages (BASH, PERL, and TCL), and will contrast the various languages and associated techniques. Student will be required to write scripts for specific operating functions that relate to real world tasks. In addition to the specific syntax required for each language, efficient coding techniques (and documentiation) will be presented and implemented.


NETW-360, CMIT-135

This course covers the foundational enterprise networking technologies of switching and routing. Students will explore the protocols that provide these services and how they interact in modern networks. Students will also learn to install, configure, manage, secure, and troubleshoot network devices that perform switching and routing functions.


Complete NET-215 with a grade of C or better.

Graduates of the online system administration certificate program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:

  • Administration of both Linux and Windows servers.
  • BASH
  • Linux
  • PERL
  • TCL
  • Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Suite
  • Windows Server
  • Wireshark

Champlain College Online's technology faculty, led by Program Director Dr. Sérgio Tenreiro de Magalhães, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our system administration certificate curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s technology professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the field, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.

Alumni of the Champlain College Online undergraduate certificate in system administration program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Heritage Automotive Group
  • Northwestern Medical Center, Inc.
  • Progeny Systems, Inc.
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Vermont Information Processing, Inc.


Titles our alumni hold include:

  • Partner
  • IT Specialist
  • Security Operations Center Technician
  • Software Engineer 
  • Support Technician

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