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Schools for Aspiring Network Systems Analysts: How to Choose

Network systems analysts provide technical support, troubleshoot problems and design computer systems. Candidates for a network systems analyst career typically hold a bachelor's degree in information technology or information systems.

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A bachelor's degree in information technology or a related field and industry-specific experience are assets to becoming an analyst for a business or data processing organization. Many 4-year universities offer bachelor's programs and master's programs in these topics.

Top 10 Schools with IT Programs in the US

The following schools offer IT programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Graduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 4-year, Public Master's $40,625
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts 4-year, Private Bachelor's
Master's
$46,400
Stanford University Stanford, California 4-year, Private Bachelor's
Master's
$45,729
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, California 4-year, Private Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
$11,220 In-state
$26,322 Out-of-state
University of Illinois--Urbana Champaign Champaign, Illinois 4-year, Public Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
$15,023 In-state
$28,213 Out-of-state
Cornell University Ithaca, New York 4-year, Private Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
$29,500
University of Washington Seattle, Washington 4-year, Public Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
$15,207 In-state
$27,255 Out-of-state
Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey 4-year, Private Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
$43,450
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia 4-year, Private Master's
Doctoral
$13,452 In-state
$27,872 Out-of-state
University of Texas-Austin Austin, Texas 4-year, Public Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
$10,934 In-state
$20,762 Out-of-state

Source: *NCES Navigator

School Selection Criteria

Network system analyst training programs train students to design and troubleshoot computer network issues. Here are some things to consider when reviewing prospective information technology courses:

  • It is often possible to combine studies in related fields such as business, management information systems, or business administration with an IT focus, so consider your long-term career goals.
  • Look into work experience and internship opportunities because employers in the IT field tend to prefer candidates who have relevant IT work experience.
  • Investigate research opportunities at your short-listed schools as these tend to provide a great way to develop additional programming and software development skills.

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Information systems or information technology bachelor's degree programs offer courses that apply directly to a career as a network analyst, including network security, network management and application development. Some programs allow students to focus on specific industries, such as health information systems.

Master's Degree Programs

Those interested in acquiring a corporate position can seek MBA programs that offer a concentration in information systems. Master's degree programs are also available in computer science and information systems.

Internet technology programs are usually available at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. These programs prepare students for a career in designing, installing, servicing and maintaining computer networks.

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