MS in IT Network Management

Degree Overview

Our online master’s in information technology program with an emphasis in network management combines advanced technical expertise with management and leadership skills to prepare you for management of complex IT networks. The M.S. in IT—Network Management will give you the competency and flexibility to create and maintain a competitive edge in today’s rapidly changing and highly competitive IT environment.

Who the Program is for:

  • Experienced IT professionals seeking to move into IT management positions
  • Individuals with “real-world” IT networking experience who seek in-depth knowledge and skills in network management
  • Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.

This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how your program works.

What You’ll Learn — Areas of Study:

In this online master’s in IT program, you’ll acquire technical and management skills through a practical, competency-based degree program. This program includes the following areas of study and completion of a capstone project.

Risk Management
Current and Emerging Technology
Cyberlaw, Regulations, and Compliance
Technical Writing
Power, Influence, and Leadership
Advanced Networking Technology
Network Security Challenges
Disaster Recovery Planning, Prevention and Response
Information Technology Management
Technological Globalization

Total Program: 33 Competency Units (credit equivalents)

More details about your challenging course of study

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Questions & Answers

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This program will provide you with the IT network management skills you need to succeed. The IT program is best suited for experienced professionals with bachelor’s degrees in information technology or information systems with an emphasis or coursework in advanced networking concepts. If you have significant experience in IT networking, you can use your knowledge to move more quickly through the required subject area assessments. However, this is not an “easy” program. You are a good candidate for our online IT degree only if you are prepared to work independently, study hard, and pass the required assessments.

As a WGU student you progress through your program by passing assessments. In consultation with your mentor, you set the pace at which you prepare for and take the assessments. Consequently, some WGU students with strong academic or career experience in the fields are able to go faster than the standard rate of progress. However, doing so isn’t easy. Many of the assessments are quite challenging, and students sometimes overestimate the knowledge they possess when they enter a program. On the other hand, a highly-motivated, self-disciplined individual is precisely the kind of student who does well at WGU. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to discuss whether you’re the kind of student who might go faster.

As a WGU student, you take and complete assessments. You’ll prepare for your assessments by engaging various learning resources including textbooks, web tutorials, and online courses. You will determine what learning resources are best for you in consultation with your mentor using your personalized Degree Plan. You can learn more by exploring the WGU Experience. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor who can explain this program in greater depth.