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Network Support and Security, Associate Degree

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The Network Support & Security Degree at the Montana State University - Great Falls College prepares students for a career in supporting Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) with a focus on the skills required to understand and manage the operation of a small and large computer network.



Graduates from the Network Support & Security Degree at the Montana State University - Great Falls College are prepared to:

  • Utilize TCP/IP applications to prove their understanding of networking protocols used to control modern networking infrastructures.
  • Master the concepts of the theoretical OSI networking model.
  • Create, maintain, and troubleshoot both wired and wireless network infrastructures and infrastructure devices.
  • Employ and master the skills needed to create and maintain server based networks using both Microsoft Windows and Open source Linux server systems.
  • Develop and implement a logical troubleshooting and maintenance system for Personal Computing systems.
  • Prepare for networking support industry standard certifications such as: CCNA, CCNP, MCSA or MCSE, and CompTIA Network+.


Great Falls College MSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60-61 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Computers
  • Fund of Voice and Data Cabling
  • CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks
  • CCNA 2: Routing & Switching Essentials
  • Intermediate Algebra OR
  • College Algebra OR
  • Computer Repair and Maintenance
  • College Writing I OR

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements:
  • Submit your high school transcript (if from the United States) - If not from the United States proof that your high school completion is equilavent to an American High School Diploma.
  • Evidence of Financial Support

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6835 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6835 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    6835 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6835 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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