Computer Systems Administration Specialist

Program Number: 10-154-7

  • Two-year Associate Degree program
  • Information Technology Program Cluster
  • Center for Agriscience and Technologies
  • Program offered at the following campuses:
    • Truax, Madison
  • Cohort Curriculum Sheets:

About the Program


The Information Technology-Computer Systems Administration Specialist degree program is a two-year program where students learn the fundamentals of data networking, operating systems support and systems integration to prepare for your information technology career. Understand the role of other network operating systems such as Novell Netware and UNIX. A guided on-the-job internship with an area employer helps students find the jobs they desire.


Students will learn the skills to obtain key industry certifications while working towards a degree as a Computer Systems Administration Specialist. Students will challenge themselves to learn the technologies valued by area employers including Microsoft Windows system administration for both client and server systems. Use the core program courses coupled with additional training and job experience to obtain the valued Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).

Program outcomes state what a graduate needs to be able to do with the essential knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors acquired in a specific Madison College program. The program outcomes communicate expectations to students, as well as other academic institutions and potential employers. The identification and assessment of program outcomes support Madison College's efforts in documenting student learning and provide a context for the faculty's academic planning.


Admissions Requirements for All Applications Submitted for the Current Academic Year

You must meet Admissions Requirements (see below). To apply for the program, follow the admission procedures, including submitting the completed application, application/processing fees, and transcripts.

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (HSED or GED)
    • HSED/GED scores must have a total of 230 (2300) with each area at least a score of 40 (400)
  • GPA of 2.0
    • Minimum of 1.50 GPA on a probationary status
    • College GPA is also considered
    • If high school GPA is lower than 2.00, but college (minimum of 12 credits) is higher, student is eligible for admittance
    • If person has been denied, for either the high school or college GPA being lower than 1.50, establishing a "new" GPA with 12 credits of 2.00 or higher will allow admittance in a subsequent semester
  • Recommended minimum working computer knowledge of Windows

Definitions and Guidelines

We only transfer in equivalent college work if the grade is a C or better. (We do not transfer in C- graded course work).

Advanced Standing cannot exceed 50% of the required credits for the program.

If a student wishes to take 10-107-98 Networking and Communications 2 as an elective, it must be completed within one (1) year of taking 10-107-197 CCNA1&2.


The program prepares graduates to test for the following certifications:

  • CompTIA A+
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTP)
  • Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) with the Windows Server specialization



Typical job duties include: install, configure, administer and operate client and server systems including Microsoft Windows 2003 server, Windows XP, email services, Netware and Linux. Perform technical troubleshooting of computer systems and networks. Integrate the hardware and software required to support new initiatives. Install, maintain and troubleshoot Internet connectivity for services such as email, web and other Internet applications. Be responsible for critical system backups and plan for the restoration of computing services in the event of disasters. Demonstrate initiative as a member of an information technology team.

Entry level positions can include:

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
  • Systems Administrator
  • Print Operator
  • Operator (State and Private)
  • Master Console Operator
  • Data Processing Operations Technician (State)
  • Technical Support Services
  • Help Desk
  • Networking Services
  • Network Installer

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Network Administrator
  • Computer Operations Shift Supervisor
  • Data Center Manager
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)


  • Bethesda Lutheran Homes & Services
  • Clearly Building Corporation
  • North Central Group
  • State of Wisconsin - Dept of Administration
  • TDS Corporate Services
  • Weather Central
  • Wisconsin Early Childhood Association