Best Online Bachelor’s in Network Administration

Find top-ranked online bachelor’s in network administration degree programs for students wanting to combine their technical skills and business management acumen and to qualify as computer systems administrators, IT directors, information systems managers, and computer systems analysts.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Network Administration
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Frequently Asked Questions About Network Administration Degrees

A bachelor’s degree in network administration gives students the opportunity to combine their technical skills and business management acumen. Topics cover management and leadership as well as security and information systems, preparing students to provide tech services to a variety of businesses and organizations.

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Classes can be taken online or on campus and include subjects like computer science, software security, routing and switching, and defensive network security.

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Most programs require 120 credits and take about four to five years to complete, though there are numerous fast-track programs that allow you to earn your degree at an accelerated pace.

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After graduation, students will qualify as computer systems administrators, IT directors, information systems managers, and computer systems analysts.

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Best Online Bachelor's in Network Administration

How do we determine the best online computer science bachelor's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Network Administration Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Utica College

    #2604 institution's historical influence
    #837 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    4K

    Utica, NY

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Cybersecurity

    Concentrations

    • Network Forensics and Intrusion Investigation
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    Southern New Hampshire University

    #1468 institution's historical influence
    #1034 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    84K

    Manchester, NH

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Information Systems

    Concentrations

    • Data Validation and Decision Making
    • Networking and Security
    • Project Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  3. #3

    Arizona State University

    #131 institution's historical influence
    #1312 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    74K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Tempe, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Information Technology

    Concentrations

    • Networking
    • Information Systems
    • Security
    • Required Credits: 111-120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    Thomas Jefferson University

    #428 institution's historical influence
    #568 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Philadelphia, PA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Information Technology

    Concentrations

    • Cybersecurity
    • Data Analytics
    • Data Management
    • IT Project Management
    • Networking
    • Software Development
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    Wilmington University

    #2943 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    11K

    New Castle, DE

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer and Network Security

    Concentrations

    • Digital Forensics
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Upper Iowa University

    #1869 institution's historical influence
    #319 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/21

    Fayette, IA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Information Technology

    Concentrations

    • Cyber Security and Computer Forensics (SEC)
    • Network Management (NET)
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Murray State University

    #1786 institution's historical influence
    #410 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1142/24

    Murray, KY

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Cybersecurity and Network Management

    Concentrations

    • Cybersecurity
    • Wireless Communications
    • Network and Systems Administration
    • Required Credits: 102-104
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Excelsior College

    #2202 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    6K

    Albany, NY

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Information Technology

    Concentrations

    • Network Operations
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    California Baptist University

    #2100 institution's historical influence
    #1289 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/21

    Riverside, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  10. #10

    Liberty University

    #1070 institution's historical influence
    #116 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Lynchburg, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Information Systems

    Concentrations

    • Data Networking
    • Data Networking And Security
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Lindenwood University

    #2487 institution's historical influence
    #1325 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/22

    Saint Charles, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Information Technology

    Concentrations

    • Applications Development
    • Networking
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 24-48 months
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Florida State College at Jacksonville

    #4033 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    17K

    Jacksonville, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BAS in Computer Systems Networking
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Bellevue University

    #3661 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    9K

    Bellevue, NE

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Systems And Network Administration
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Roger Williams University

    #2136 institution's historical influence
    #741 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    5K

    Bristol, RI

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Cybersecurity and Networking
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Colorado Christian University

    #3913 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Lakewood, CO

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Information Technology

    Concentrations

    • Networking
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  16. #16

    Park University

    #2469 institution's historical influence
    #640 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    8K

    Parkville, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Information and Computer Science

    Concentrations

    • Computer Science Concentration
    • Cybersecurity Concentration
    • Data Management Concentration
    • Information Technology Concentration
    • Networking and Security Concentration
    • Software Development Concentration
    • and Web Development Concentration
    • Required Credits: 46-58
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Hodges University

    #6095 institution's historical influence
    #392 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    61%

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    <1K

    Fort Myers, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Cybersecurity / Networking
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Point University

    #3772 institution's historical influence
    #169 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    35%

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    995/18

    West Point, GA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Information Technology

    Concentrations

    • Network Administration
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 48 months
    • Format: Online
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  19. #19

    Herzing University

    #4582 institution's historical influence

    Online Degrees

    BS in Technology

    Concentrations

    • Computer Networking
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 36 months
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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