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Establish your expertise in networking and cloud systems and get ready to play a vital role in everyday business operations with the Network and Cloud Computing specialization. Learn to plan, design, configure, troubleshoot and administer networks in environments ranging from small, local networks to enterprise-wide integrated cloud infrastructures. Study topics like cloud migration, cloud and server administration, internetworking architecture design, Linux administration and system assurance and security.
After graduation, you’ll be prepared to pursue a career in the field of cloud and network administration.
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|IT4545 Cloud Concepts, Architecture, and Management||Learners gain an understanding of foundational cloud concepts including on demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, elasticity, measured service. Learners develop hands-on proficiency with an industry-standard cloud platform (Microsoft Azure). Learners also analyze the benefits and economic advantages of cloud computing, as well as strategies for transitioning from on-premise infrastructure to cloud infrastructure. Learners design security measures in accordance with regulatory compliance requirements (HIPAA, GDPR, PCIDSS, etc.).
Prerequisite IT2280, IT3358.
|6 quarter credits|
|IT4525 Cloud Computing Fundamentals||Learners in this course develop the skills to analyze, plan, design and implement fundamental cloud solutions. Learners acquire and apply knowledge of implementation strategies specific to cloud network, compute, and storage. Learners also implement security, monitoring, and logging solutions, along with special cloud workloads such as AI and machine learning. Concepts of cloud migration planning and cloud cost optimization are also discussed.
|6 quarter credits|
|IT4575 Linux Operating Systems||Learners in this course demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of the Linux operating system. Learners use command line tools and software packages, and practice hardware configuration, file management, process management, and file editing. In this course, learners apply knowledge of advanced topics specific to the Linux operating system. Learners administer the Linux system, script, and implement network configuration and security.
Prerequisite Completion of or concurrent registration in IT3280.
|6 quarter credits|
|IT4157 Internetworking Architectures||Learners in this course develop their understanding of the design and integration of multi-protocol networks (local area networks and wide area networks) to form an enterprise network. Learners design intranets/internets, virtual local area networks (VLANs), and firewalls using different internetworking devices and media. In addition, learners evaluate the planning, methods, procedures, and tools necessary to prevent vulnerabilities in networked systems and analyze the procedures used to validate and restore network services following an incident. Learners also strengthen the skills needed to manage, operate, and maintain networked, managed, and linked systems and peripherals. Learners who have received credit for IT4150 or IT4155 may not take IT4157.
|6 quarter credits|
|IT4803 System Assurance Security||This course is an overview of information assurance and security topics for network administrators who must implement security strategies to protect their organization from exposure to the Internet; network designers also create security-conscious designs. Learners identify and apply strategies to guard against hackers and forms of viruses, use firewalls and gateways, and build authentication skills and encryption techniques. Learners identify methods for attacking a network system and validate defenses against them. Upon successful completion of this course, learners are prepared to take the exam for the Security+ certification.
|6 quarter credits|
*Course has prerequisite(s). See catalog for details.
The Network and Cloud Computing specialization is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to administer networks in a variety of environments.
The curriculum addresses planning, designing, configuring and troubleshooting networks in environments ranging from small, local networks to enterprise-wide integrated cloud infrastructures. Specific topics include cloud migration, cloud and server administration, internetworking architecture design, Linux administration, AI and machine learning, and system assurance and security.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
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Program eligible for Experiential Learning
Use your experience: bring your real-world projects into the courseroom to complete assignments and demonstrate what you're learning.
The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors. See GuidedPath cost information below.
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$365 per 1000-2000 level credit $415 per 3000-4000 level credit, $175 resource kit fee, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, effective July 10, 2023, and is subject to change. Your price will vary depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. Books, supplies, and other fees are not included in this estimate. GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. New or recently revised program estimates are based on comparable programs.
Capella is committed to transparency in its tuition and pricing. In addition to tuition, you will be responsible for additional costs, which may include an application fee, travel expenses, and practicum costs. A resource kit fee of $50-$200, charged quarterly or per billing session, covers the cost of required books, software, and other course materials. Click here to review program-specific fee amounts in our University Catalog.
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*Additional fee of $50 assessed each quarter you request documented credit.
**Learners who submit IAC-IT documented credit for the CISSP, CISM, CISA, CEH and SSCP can be awarded a maximum of 5 specialization courses through documented credit. They may be able to submit petitions for the remaining credits allowed for CPL in their curriculum.
Applicants to the BS in Information Technology, Network and Cloud Computing program must provide the following information for admission:
SAT and ACT are not required for admission.
International student requirements
If you live outside the U.S. or aren’t a U.S. citizen, you may be considered an international student.
To meet the requirements for Capella admission, you must:
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