Dec 01, 2020  
2015 - 2016 CNM Catalog, Volume 48.1 
2015 - 2016 CNM Catalog, Volume 48.1 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Computer Information Systems (AAS), Systems Administration Concentration

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School of Business & Information Technology (BIT)


Systems Administration focuses on design, implementation, management and troubleshooting computer systems in a business environment. The required courses in the program cover all objectives needed to prepare for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exams. Areas covered are Enterprise/Server Support and Client Support in the Windows environment.

Students will receive instruction and hands-on training on subjects that include; installing operating systems, managing performance, implementing security, disaster recovery, directory services, virtualization of servers and desktops, troubleshooting hardware and software, and many more advanced computing technologies.

Educational Option Information

This program can be completed:

  • Part-time or full-time. Full-time students can complete the program in four terms.

This educational option can be started:

  • Any term.

Primary course location:

  • Main Campus.

Additional requirements:

  • Students are expected to purchase textbooks and USB flash drives.
  • Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Career and Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

Other licenses or industry certification opportunities are available with this educational option:

  • Microsoft: MCP, MCSA
  • CompTIA: A+, Network+, Security +, Server+

Many of our courses are transferrable to baccalaureate degree programs, and CNM has Transfer Agreements with many colleges in New Mexico and beyond.

Career Information

CNM’s Systems Administration concentration is current and relevant to today’s technology needs and its graduates may find work with any organization that depends on computers or any organization with an Information Technology Department. Common job descriptions include the keywords computer network management and maintenance and typical job titles are System Administrator, Server Manager, Support Technician, Computer Help Desk, Desktop Support Technician.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Program Proficiencies and/or Prerequisites

Students must demonstrate proficiency in these areas either by placement exam scores  or specific course work.

Term 2

Term 4

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems, Systems Administration Concentration 62-64 credit hours

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