No online master's degree programs in internetworking exist, but there are online master's programs in computer information systems that offer a concentration in computer networks. These programs offer courses in topics including network design and network security.
A few schools do offer online bachelor's degree programs in information systems with a specialization in internetworking. The student can obtain course materials, lectures and reading assignments through the school's website at any time, and they submit tests and assignments via the Internet. Some courses can be taken on campus if the student prefers.
Usually completed in four years, these programs are designed to give students foundational knowledge in the operation and creation of information systems, with classes covering computer hardware and software and programming. Students learn about networking through courses that explain communication protocols, LAN concepts, network design and IP addressing.
The internetworking component engages students with the technical and security complications of connecting multiple small computer networks into larger networks. Admission to a bachelor's degree program requires a high school diploma or GED. Schools often give preference to applicants whose academic history includes courses in math and the natural sciences.
Bachelor's degree programs, whether online or conventional, include general education requirements. Students may have to complete courses in composition, mathematics and accounting beside the mandates of their major.
Examines the communication protocols, architectures and topologies used in computer networking and internetworking. Topics include error detection and correction, wired and wireless Ethernet, flow control, network services and future applications.
Students in this course become acquainted with networking models and LAN concepts, which involves router setup, network layers, cabling requirements and IP addressing.
Students learn to design small to medium-sized networks that meet capacity, security and scalability standards. Coursework addresses network structures and the process of identifying user needs.
Explores techniques for tuning converged networks to provide optimal performance. Topics include Voice over IP, Quality of Service (QoS) implementation and wireless LAN management.
Graduates of an online bachelor's degree program in information systems are best prepared for careers as computer network engineers or computer network administrators. Employment in these two job categories is expected to grow 8% from 2014-2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). Growth will be driven by the continuing expansion of computer networks and the need for qualified professionals to implement new technologies. The median salary of computer network administrators was $77,810 as of May 2015.
Would-be network administrators who want to improve their employment prospects can consider earning certification. Certain online programs offer Cisco and Microsoft certification.
Students have the option to obtain a bachelor's degree in information systems with a specialization in internetworking completely online since a master's degree in internetworking does not exist. Courses the student can take include computer networks, network design and network optimization.