• Network Administration & Information Security

    This program provides graduates with a thorough knowledge of network operating systems, thereby enabling graduates to support fully client/server environments.

  • The Network Administration & Information Security option leads to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. This option will provide graduates with a thorough knowledge of network operating systems, thereby enabling graduates to support fully client/ server environments. In addition, students will be prepared to take certification examinations in UNIX and Windows.

  • In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.

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    Network and computer administrators are a critical part of nearly every business, school and organization. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, persons in these roles in 2012 earned an average of $72,000 each year. Additionally, nearly 43,000 more positions in this field are expected to be needed in the coming years.

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.

    Current Students
    Log in to My LaGuardia to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia's Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.

    Prospective Students
    Review the curriculum.

    Please note: Students will be held to the program and degree requirements of the year that they enter the College, unless the student changes their major in a different academic year. In that case, the student will be held to the current year requirements as listed in the catalog. Learn more.

    Degree Map
    Use the Degree Map and DegreeWorks to assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan in ePortfolio. See a full list of Flexible Core courses on the Pathways page.

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.

    In addition to the two-year degree in Network Administration & Security, LaGuardia offers a 15 credit certificate program.


    MAC232 UNIX Network Operating Systems 3 credits
    MAC233 Windows Network Operating Systems 3 credits
    MAC245 Network and Systems Security 3 credits
    MAC246 Advanced Network and Systems Security 3 credits
    MAC254 Advanced UNIX Administration 3 credits

    Through a new collaboration with Mastercard, LaGuardia Community College students majoring in Network Administration & Information Security will get a chance to apply for an apprenticeship-based program working alongside Mastercard cybersecurity experts.

    Full-time students (with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency) who have earned 30 credits and maintained a minimum 2.75 GPA towards their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Network Administration & Information Security, will be invited to apply for a specially designed summer bootcamp in Spring II, 2022. Twenty students will enter the bootcamp, which will feature curriculum in network administration, security, cyber intelligence, and product development, to help prepare the students for entry-level positions with Mastercard or other leading companies.

    From the cohort of students who complete the bootcamp, 10 students will be selected to work alongside Mastercard experts as paid part-time apprentices—gaining hands-on experience in how to protect, defend and respond to cybersecurity threats.

    Upon graduation from LaGuardia, those students selected for the apprenticeship program may be invited to apply for full-time job opportunities at Mastercard.

    Read on for a degree map and bootcamp topics.

    LaGuardia Community College—Mastercard Apprenticeship Curriculum Design

    Network Administration and Information Security AAS




    Semester 1: Fall Session I & II

    CSF101 First Year Seminar for Computer Science

    ENG101 English Composition I

    MAT115 College Algebra & Trigonometry

    MAC108 Programming with Python

    Flexible Core Course Option

    Semester 2: Spring Session I

    ENG102 English Composition II

    Life and Physical Sciences Course Option

    MAC227 Introduction to Cryptography and Applications

    MAC232 UNIX Network Operating Systems

    MAC250 Database Management Systems

    Semester 2: Spring Session II

    MAC233 Windows NT Network Operating System

    21st Century Skills Boot Camp
    Optional: Data Analytics Microcredential

    LaGuardia/ Mastercard

    LAGCC Semester 3: MC Apprenticeship Semester 1

    MAC237 Computer Security (at MC-Apprenticeship Credit - 3)

    BTM101 Introduction to Business (at MC-Apprenticeship Credit - 3)

    MAC245 Data Communication and Network (at LAGCC)

    MAC246 Advanced Network Security (at LAGCC)

    LAGCC Semester 4: MC Apprenticeship Semester 2

    MAC247 Advanced Systems Security (at MC-Apprenticeship Credit - 3)

    MAC257 Digital Forensics [Capstone] (at LAGCC)

    Flexible Core Course Option (at LAGCC)

    Flexible Core Course Option (Urban Studies) (at LAGCC)

    MAC254 Advanced Operating Systems (at LAGCC)

    Courses that will be credited for the Apprenticeship Program

    • BTM101 Introduction to Business (3 credits)
    • MAC237 Computer Security (3 credits)
    • MAC247 Advanced Systems Security (3 credits)

    LAGCC—Mastercard Bootcamp Program



    1: (Mastercard)

    Basic P&L knowledge, Payment technology 101

    2: (Mastercard and LAGCC)

    Data Analytics Foundation – using MS Excel

    3: (Mastercard)

    Product development – research; identifying customer needs and wants; how to deliver it to customer

    4: (LAGCC)

    Introduction to Cybersecurity, CIA Triad

    5: (LAGCC)

    Cybersecurity threats and attacks, Cybersecurity best practices in preventing against cybersecurity incidents

    6: (Mastercard)

    Professional/ Soft skills Development

    Mini Project: Innovative Cyber Solution Student Challenge Presentation

    Students graduating from the Network Administration and Security program, who maintain a 2.0 (or higher) GPA can seamlessly transfer to the Bachelor of Technology program at New York City College of Technology as Computer Systems majors.

    Visit the Articulation Agreements page to learn more about transfer opportunities.

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