Best University in Columbus for Network Systems Administration Degrees

School Information

Several of the schools offering programs in network systems administration in or near Columbus, OH, are for-profit institutions. Based on distinction and proximity to the city, the following college is considered a top school for network systems administration studies in the Columbus area:

  • Winner: Marion Technical College, located approximately 34 miles from Columbus, is the closest public institution to that city providing studies in network systems administration. Students can take courses in computer networking or pursue an associate's degree in computer information technology with a networking major.

School Info Chart

Category Marion Technical College
Distinction Received the William Over College Access Collaboration Award for providing high school students with access to college credits and exploration of career opportunities (2009)*
Location Marion, Ohio
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $4,422 (in-state); $6,532 (out-of-state)**
Network Systems Administration Degrees Offered Associate's
Network Systems Administration Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 12**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 20%**
Noteworthy Marion Technical College is a Cisco Networking Academy location

Sources: *Marion Technical College; **NCES College Navigator

Marion Technical College

  • Co-op experiences available
  • Classroom instruction is combined with hands-on lab experiences
  • Studies prepare students to take national networking certification exams

Marion Technical College enrolls nearly 2,700 students in more than 30 programs through its six divisions, including information technologies. The information technologies division offers three distinct network opportunities, including computer networking courses, courses that prepare students to test for Cisco certification and an associate degree with a network emphasis.

Computer Networking courses focus on Microsoft certifications, including Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Certified System Administrator or a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. In Cisco Certified Network Administrator courses, students focus on computer networks using Cisco technology and learn about routing basics, network structures and WAN technologies. Students of the Associate of Applied Business in Computer Information Technology with a networking major program take courses in information technology, programming and network security as well as complete a cooperative experience and a capstone.

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