Network Administration Certificate

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Today’s information systems are built using networked components. This upper division certificate in Network Administration provides students with the knowledge and experience necessary to analyze, design, maintain and administer networked based information systems for a variety of organizations.

All upper level IS and Management courses used to satisfy these program requirements must be taught through the IS department at UMBC.

Courses required to complete the certificate are below. Course descriptions can be found in the Course Catalog. The printed course catalog contains the official listing of program requirements and takes precedence over information listed on this site. Should you discover a discrepancy between the printed catalog and any information posted on this site, please contact the Department of Information Systems for instructions.

Courses: 15 upper level credits

  • IS 450 – Data Communications and Networks (credits: 3)
  • IS 451 – Network Design and Management (credits: 3)
  • IS 452 – Internetworking (credits: 3)

At least 2 of the following:

  • IS 430 – Information Systems & Security (credits: 3)
  • IS 451M – LAN Management Using Microsoft (credits: 3)
  • IS 451U – LAN Management Using UNIX (credits: 3)
  • This upper division certificate is only available to currently enrolled degree-seeking undergraduate students at UMBC. Your major can be from any of those offered at the university. Non-degree seeking students are unable to declare participation in any IS undergraduate certificate program.
  • Certificates do not require departmental permission. Please use the Undergraduate Declaration of Major, Minor, and Certificate Form to add a certificate.
      • Notice of successful completion is placed on the transcript at time of graduation. There is not a separate certificate document.
  • An Important Note: Although we do not require department permission, before submitting the form to add a certificate please contact IS Director of Undergraduate Programs, Richard Sponaugle,, for information and prerequisites. Some individual courses may require permission to enroll, and it is important to discuss the timing of offerings and prereqs before submitting the form for the Network Administration certificate.
  • Upper level courses taken to satisfy an IS certificate requirement may not also be used to satisfy the required upper level IS elective course in the IS or BTA majors. All upper level courses count toward the 45 upper level credits required to graduate from UMBC.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • IS 451M and IS 451U are hands-on courses taught in a computer classroom using Microsoft Server (451M), and Unix (451U) to facilitate system management and networking. The design, building, management, security and technical issues involved in a local area network will be covered.