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Information Technology (IT) – Network Specialist

Associate of Applied Science│2 Years│63 Credits│Fond du Lac and West Bend Campuses│Eligible for Financial Aid

Learn valuable skills to provide network support at businesses and organizations with the Network Specialist associate degree program from Moraine Park Technical College.

Earn 2 IT Degrees At Once!

With only 12 additional credits, students can earn both the Network Specialist and Technical Support Specialist Associate of Applied Science IT degrees in only five terms. Interested students should follow the Dual Degree Network Specialist and Technical Support Specialist program guide.

Earn 2 IT Degrees At Once!

With an additional 21 credits, students can earn both the Network Specialist and Cybersecurity Specialist Associate of Applied Science degrees in only five terms. Students should follow the Dual Degree Cybersecurity Specialist and Network Specialist program guide.

Earn 3 IT Degrees At Once!

With an additional 30 credits, students can earn the Network Specialist, Technical Support Specialist and Cybersecurity Specialist Associate of Applied Science IT degrees in only six terms.  Students should follow the Triple Degree Cybersecurity Specialist, Network Specialist and Technical Support Specialist program guide.

The Network Specialist program prepares students to maintain security and integrity of a company’s network.

Although the duties of a network specialist may vary depending on the organization, students in MPTC’s Network Specialist courses are prepared to provide a wide-range of network needs, including network support, installation, administration and integration.

With instruction based on industry standards and certifications, students learn to implement computer networks and operating systems. A focus is placed on network security and troubleshooting. Integrated technologies are also a major component of this program. Courses in this program align with Checkpoint Secure Academy and help students prepare for the Comp TIA A+ certification and the Comp TIA Network+ certification. Students will earn the Google IT Support Certificate. The curriculum is aligned with industry-recognized standards and prepares students for certification in IT security.

  • Implement computer networks.
  • Implement client systems.
  • Implement server operating systems.
  • Implement network security components.
  • Develop technical documentation.
  • Troubleshoot network systems.

Coursework may be offered in a sequence and time frame to meet the needs of part-time and full-time students.

Potential careers include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Network Analyst
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Specialist
  • Network Manager
  • Network Integration Specialist

Median Salary for Recent Graduates: $49,136

Course Requirements

Course requirements are subject to change. Visit our catalog for up-to-date information.

Course Highlights

  • Virtualization
  • Principles of Information Security
  • Internet of Things
  • More

Moraine Park’s admissions starts with the online application. The admissions steps and financial aid process can take 4-5 weeks for some programs, so plan ahead.

View and begin standard admissions steps.

If you have any questions or need help with the process, please contact us at  admissions@morainepark.edu OR 920-924-3200, TTY/VP:Use Relay VRS.

Estimated Costs

Estimated costs below are based on the 2023-2024 school year. These fees look at the cost to complete all classes. Costs, textbooks and supplies subject to change. For more details, see Cost of Attendance.


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*Based on new books, rental, electronic, and used options may be available.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors such as total credits required, textbooks and the financial aid you receive. Some programs have additional costs such as uniforms, technology and equipment.

Please refer to the Tuition & Fee Information for enrollment fee information.

Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance (sometimes referred to as the “sticker price”) is the maximum amount of money it costs to attend college for one year and is used to determine your financial aid offering.

While attending Moraine Park during the 2023-24 school year, your estimated cost of attendance for one full year includes tuition of $4,375 (15 credits for fall and spring semester), fees of $338, food and housing of $4,052 (if living with parents, $9,614 if living on your own), books and supplies of $2,061, personal expenses of $2,245, and transportation of $2,007 for a total of $15,161. Your direct costs (those costs paid directly to the college) include tuition & fees. The indirect costs (costs not paid to the college) can vary from individual to individual and your own personal needs.

Network Specialist Student Voices

"Real nice, having three campuses with different fields centered around them really helps a lot if you want to just want to go to school and go home at the end of the day." - Philip Seim

High school dual credit provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, without leaving their high school classroom. The courses are taught by certified high school instructors using technical college curriculum, grading policies and textbooks.

Has previous life experience already helped you build knowledge and skills applicable to your studies? Applying previously earned credits to a program of study can save you both time spent in the classroom and money spent on tuition and fees.

Transferring here is easy! You can transfer in prior college work by submitting official college transcripts or get a free transcript review.

Financial Aid is provided to aid eligible associate degree and technical diploma programs with 28 credits or more. Processing can take 6-8 weeks after a student’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received.

Our recruiters on any of the three campuses are ready to help you plan your future!