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System Administration Undergraduate Certificate Online Undergraduate Certificate Program


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24/7 Access to Coursework

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

April 10, 2020

Classes Start

May 11, 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.

Academic Excellence and Recognition

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Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

US News & World Report Best Online Programs Bachelor's Badge 2020

Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report

Military Friendly School Badge

Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community

Top Degrees MBA Program Designation Badge

Named among the top MBA programs by Abound/Colleges of Distinction

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:

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

Tuition & Costs

Continuing your education is an investment in your future. Learn more about our affordable tuition rates.

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