The Information Systems – Network and Systems Administration three-year diploma program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed for a career in deployment and management of major IT infrastructure installations. After two years of study, students can exit with a diploma in Information Systems – Hardware.

Both the two and three-year programs begin with an emphasis in computer hardware, troubleshooting and basic networking concepts. When combined with work experience, this skill set prepares students for a career in information systems hardware. The final stage of the program teaches the students to design, deploy and maintain advanced IT infrastructure projects. Students gain an in-depth knowledge of LAN/WAN administration, server room management, infrastructure security tools and techniques and enterprise computing environments.


The goal of the Information Systems – Network and Systems Administration program is to develop a graduate with the ability to:

  1. Design, deploy and manage information systems infrastructure.
  2. Interpret and effectively apply industry policies and procedures.
  3. Function as an effective member of a team.
  4. Provide computer technical assistance, support, and advice to customers and other users.
  5. Support local-area networks (LAN), wide-area networks (WAN), network segments, and Internet and intranet systems.
  6. Plan, coordinate, and implement the organization’s information security policy.
  7. Deploy and manage a help desk environment.
  8. Maintain a server room environment.

Career Opportunities

Given the current growth of the Internet, the widespread use of computers in the workplace and the advancement of information systems technologies and mobile computing, Information Systems – Network and Systems Administration graduates may find employment with information based businesses in both the public and private sectors. Opportunities for self-employment also exist.

Program Transferability

The Information Systems – Network and Systems Administration program allows an exit point after two years of study with an Information Systems – Hardware Diploma.

Further Studies

Graduates of the Information Systems – Network and Systems Administration program may have the opportunity to transfer credits to other academic institutions. A current list of post-secondary institutions offering admission and transfer credit to CNA-Q graduates who meet the entrance requirements is available from the Registrar’s Office or the Career Counseling and Resource Centre. Staff in both these offices will provide support and assistance to CNA-Q graduates seeking to further their post-secondary studies. For more information, please refer to the Program Articulation and Transfer Credit section in this Academic Calendar.

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School of Information Technology

4495 2067

Entrance requirements

  1. High school graduation certificate with the following:
    AverageMinimum 60%
    English Language (Grade 12 level)Minimum 60%
    Academic Mathematics (Grade 12 level)
    Minimum 60% 
    Three additional courses at the Grade 12 level
  2. The required score on the Academic English Placement (AEP) and Academic Math Placement (AMP). Students who present a valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form, received within two years, with an overall band 5.0 with no individual skill band below 4.5, are exempt from taking the AEP. For score requirements on other internationally recognized tests, such as TOEFL, contact the Registrar’s Office.
Note: Applicants who do not meet the entrance requirements and are 19 years of age or older, may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Clause.

Language proficiency Requirements

    1. An overall score of 65 or greater   on the Oxford Online Placement Test  (OOPT) or a passing score from another approved internationally recognized English language test, as validated by the Registrar’s Office 
    2. A valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, listening) below 4.5. 
    3. Successful completion of FL1090, a language development course.