Gain expertise in the burgeoning field of client/server management.

The University of Mary's Systems Administration certificate program will equip you to take a leadership role in overseeing client/server operations. Under the mentorship of field experts with combined decades of industry experience, you'll delve into the specifics of installing, configuring, maintaining, and securing wide-scale network operating systems, including Windows Server and Linux.

We work in close collaboration with an advisory board of industry leaders to ensure that our certificate curricula remain immediately applicable to evolving workforce needs.

Free Curricular Resources

Our students enjoy privileged access to no-cost course materials, lab experiences, and industry certification trainings through the University of Mary's partnerships with CISCO, CompTIA, and Amazon Academy.

Take the First Step

Get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission.
We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

Median annual salary for network and computer systems administrators

Program Length

9 credits/3 courses/4 months


  • Online

Tuition Per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Graduates of our Cyber Security Foundations program interested in entering the field of computer operations management
  • Established IT professionals looking to diversify their skillsets

Career Paths

  • Database Administrator
  • IT Department Manager
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Operations Management Specialist

What You’ll Learn

As you progress through our systems administration program, you'll:

  • Build competency in essential programming utilities as well as operating systems fundamentals.
  • Learn how to install and automate secure cloud environments built to support high availability of business systems and data.
  • Acquire the skills and knowledge you'll need to pass industry certification exams (Linux+, AWS Cloud Practitioner, Microsoft AZ-800).

Chart Your Course

We offer four stackable certificates in cyber security, each of which you can apply toward an online Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security Administration.

Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

We welcome students from various backgrounds, including transfer students from institutionally accredited colleges and universities recognized by the US Dept. of Education and those with military or career and work experience. 

How do I show my previous college, military, or work experience?

Official transcripts (if applicable) from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 should be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.

  • Did you graduate from the University of Mary? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
  • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to
  • Students with previous career or work experience can earn credits for prior learning.
    • You can choose to test for prior learning credits — we convert your test scores into college credit.
    • You can request a portfolio review for prior learning credits. You’ll assemble documentation to show your experience, which will be reviewed and evaluated by an experienced faculty member.
  • Military experience can count towards a degree.
  • All of our programs require you to fill out the general application form in addition to submitting the application fee and your transcripts.
  • Any program-specific requirements you’ll need to submit in addition to the items listed above can be found in our catalog.

At the University of Mary, we review every application on an individual basis, ensuring that the materials you submit are evaluated with care and attention. Reach out to us if you have any questions in filling out your application.

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