Network Administration and Security

Network Administration and Security

Earn a great living wage. Make a difference. Earn your Bachelor's in Network Administration & Security at Green River College. Reach your potential in high-demand careers such as network and systems administration, information security, and computer support.

  • Earn a degree designed around the skills and certifications employers want.
  • Hands on, applied learning with the latest technologies.
  • Small class sizes and dedicated faculty who care about your success.
  • Day and evening classes available with full- or part-time scheduling.
  • Our program includes wrap-around support services, including resume services, internship resources and scholarships.

Median pay for Computer Support Specialists, Network and Computer System Administrators, and Information Security Analysts is $48,900, $72,560, and $86,170 per year.

Start your journey towards a new and exciting career by contacting an advisor today!

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Entry Requirements

Incoming students must have earned associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution that includes 20 credits of general education courses. Students who do not have an associate’s degree or higher but have completed some college coursework or have prior work experience are encouraged to meet with an advisor in the Information Technology department to develop an education plan for entry into the program.

A cumulative GPA of 2.0 from all college coursework is required. Students must also have earned a minimum grade of 2.5 in all technical courses including those in Computer Science and Information Technology. Lastly, the following courses, equivalent experience or certifications are strongly recommended before entering this program:

  • IT 102 Introduction to Programming
  • IT 114 CompTIA A+ Certification Preparation
  • IT 131 Networking Fundamentals
  • IT 160 Windows Server Administration I
  • IT 190 Linux Administration I
  • IT 210 Introduction to Routing and Switching
  • IT 240 Windows Server Administration II

Sample Schedule

Quarter 1

  • Network Security
  • Virtualization and
  • General Education course

Quarter 2

  • Enterprise Routing and
  • Scripting for Linux and
  • Project Management

Quarter 3

  • Network Security
    & Firewalls
  • Advanced Technical
  • General Education course

Quarter 4

  • Intro Forensics and
  • Mobile Devices and
    Wireless Threat
  • Professional Ethics

Quarter 5

  • Designing/Supporting
  • Analysis
  • General Education

Quarter 6

  • Capstone Course
  • Diversity in the
  • General Education

Our degree program starts twice a year, and follows a cohort model: students progress through the degree program together. The fall cohort start is built with full-time students in mind who take classes during the day. The winter cohort is built with part-time students in mind who take classes two evenings a week.

Cost of Attendance

At Green River College, earning a bachelor’s degree has never been more affordable. The estimated price if you attend full time as a Washington state resident is approximately $2,400 a quarter , plus books and course fees. For a detailed breakdown, visit our tuition and fee chart.

How we compare to other Washington universities:

Annual Tuition and Fees Comparison for Washington Residents
Green River -BAS Degree $7,677.12
Evergreen State College $8,364.00 
Western Washington University $8,610.75
Washington State University $11,966.00
University of Washington $11,839.00

Meet the Team

Sheila Capps, Program Manager

Sheila Capps

Sheila Capps has happily worked in the fields of education and technology for her entire career. The common denominator among all of her jobs is that they have been student-focused, and her overarching goal is to support and foster student success. As Program Manager, Sheila engages new students, advises and provides wrap-around support services to current students, and mentors and cheers students on to graduation. Sheila's certifications include Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).

Alan Carter, Faculty, Program Director

Alan Carter

Alan taught Microsoft, Novell, and custom courseware throughout the United States for 15 years before joining the faculty at Green River College and teaching information technology courses for the past 10 years. He has also installed and supported complex networks while working as staff for regional and national value added resellers. In addition, Alan published several bestselling technical books, including Windows NT 4.0 MCSE Study Guide (IDG Books Worldwide, 1998) and Windows 2000 MCSE Study System (IDG Books Worldwide, 2000). Alan's certifications include Cisco CCNA, CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+.

Tim Mason, Faculty

Tim “Dr. T” Mason

Tim has taught Microsoft, Unix, Linux and programming courses for the past 15 years and now teaches full-time at Green River College. He has served as Founder and COO of, a predecessor to current cloud storage providers, as a Chief Information Security Officer for an international cryptographic provider, and as a Chief Cryptologist for the Department of Defense. Tim's certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), OSSTMM Professional Security Tester Accredited Certification (OPST), CompTIA Security+, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITILv3).

Krish Mahadevan, Faculty

Krish Mahadevan

Krish currently teaches server and client technologies in Windows and Linux. He has an extensive background in electrical and automotive systems engineering, having worked at Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Mich igan, and at Cummins Incorporated in Charleston, South Carolina , specializing in real-time embedded systems programming. Krish's certifications include Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Digital Forensic Examiner (DFE).

Simone Jarzabek, Faculty

Simone Jarzabek

Simone started her career at Boeing Company working as a Systems Administrator and as a Technical Project Manager. Prior to joining the faculty at Green River College, she taught Information Technology for 13 years at ITT Technical Institute and Highline College. Simone received her M.A. in Information Technology and Digital Forensics from American Public University, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, and a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from University of Puget Sound .