School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology - Network Management

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Have you already earned an IT-related diploma? You’ve configured, overcome challenges and provided solutions, you know how to make IT work, and are now ready to learn why IT works. You want to design and integrate complex network solutions. The BAIST program will provide the skills and knowledge to take you to the next level. BAIST – Designing IT!”

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Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology – Information Systems

Prepare for career opportunities as a senior systems analyst, designer or project leader.

Sep 01, 2022

Quick Facts

Credential: Degree

NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education. Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for Open Studies. Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program. It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in. View courses

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Network Management Major

This major involves highly specialized preparation geared toward managing the planning, installation and operations of computer networks in very large enterprises.  After graduation, you will be prepared for career opportunities as a network manager, network engineer or network administrator.

In this major you  will learn to:

  • use network operating systems, management tools and protocol analysis tools
  • design, analyze and manage networks, LANs and WANs
  • manage advanced server configuration, network LAN and advanced WAN protocols, and network hardware resources
  • provide network client support, and monitor and optimize network performance

Practicum/co-op/work experience

Students must complete one academic year (two 4-month semesters) of mandatory work experience in their related major. Students must have successfully completed 8 academic courses prior to registering for their first work experience term.

Contact the BAIST internship co-ordinator to have the planned work experience evaluated: BAISTinternship@nait.ca.

  • Length: two 4-month semesters (8 months total)
  • Type of Experience: directly related to the major area selected.
  • Salary: will vary by employer, usually based on your prior education and experience. Average earnings in 2014 were approximately $30.00 per hour.
  • Relocation: Students can complete their work experience anywhere.

A representative of the BAIST program will visit your work site and supervisor at some point in the middle of each work term.

To complete each 4-month term of work experience, a student must complete each of the following:

  • the employer student evaluation pamphlet provided by this program
  • a 20- to 25-page research project report
  • a student journal report providing feedback on projects worked on and a review of the learning experience

Enter the workforce with confidence

Network Management major graduates will typically be employed in positions such as:

  • IT manager
  • network analyst
  • security
  • design
  • engineer

Typical employers

Retail, manufacturing, energy and high-tech companies, and civic, provincial and federal governments

For more information on roles, duties, career paths, salaries and more, visit:

Hear from our BAIST students and grads:

"I wanted to further my career options and build on my diploma from BCIT. NAIT offered a seamless transition to a degree, helping me reinforce the concepts I’ve learned previously and apply them in more relevant and meaningful ways!"

- Noah Larmor (Bachelof of Applied Information Systems Technology '22)

"If you are looking to be in the IT field or learn about it BAIST is a very good program to take. I came in hoping to improve my Networking knowledge since I did not have much experience in that field and I can see I have learned a lot so far in this first semester and not just Networking."

- Zach Kemp (Bachelof of Applied Information Systems Technology '23)

Navigate your educational path

The Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology (BAIST) program is a 4-year degree based on a 2+2 model.

  • Years 1 & 2 - Spent obtaining a diploma in a field related to your major concentration of study. See How to Apply for accepted equivalent diplomas.
  • Years 3 & 4 - 2 semesters of academic courses in a major area of study and 2 semesters of credit work experience, which rounds out your applied degree.

Additional Requirements and Considerations

In order to have the best opportunity for success, the Network Management program recommends that students have the following skillsets prior to applying:

  • Network Fundamentals
  • Network Protocols - TCP, IPv4 IPv6
  • Microsoft OS - Windows 10, Server 2012, 2016, Active Directory
  • Virtualization - HyperV, ESXi
  • Infrastructure Technologies - Cisco
  • Programming/Scripting
  • IT Security

Advanced credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses), Credential Recognition (for completed certificates, diplomas or degrees) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit & Credential Recognition: In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Recognition of Prior Learning website and on the Request for Transfer Credit or Credential Recognition form (pdf), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 3 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of A- in the course(s) or program

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 3 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of A- in the course(s) or program

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

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