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Computer Networking Specialization - Microsoft AAS Degree

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Lone Star College launches Microsoft IT Academy Program to help equip students with 21st century skills for success. The Microsoft IT Academy bridges the world of education and work. We are committed to providing our students with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills so they can pursue higher education, and secure jobs that contribute to the statewide economy and their communities.

Some students are recent high school graduates who want to turn their interest in computers into a career. Others already have careers in information technology but want to earn Microsoft certification or add to their current desktop, application or server skills by learning more about networking. There are also students who are turning unemployment into an opportunity to learn new skills to reenter the workforce. No matter what your background is, the Microsoft IT Academy is a great fit for anyone interested in information technology.

The computer networking specialization – Microsoft Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded for successful completion of the 60 semester credit hours required in the degree plan. A certificate is available which will provide an opportunity to acquire technical skills in two to three semesters.

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Please contact Donna Ivey at Donna.Ivey@lonestar.edu  or call 281.290.3468 for more information.


Please contact Lisa Hall at Lisa.M.Hall@LoneStar.edu or call 281.312.1773 for more information.

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Please contact Terry Bryant at Terry.Bryant@LoneStar.edu or call 281.618.5623 for more information.

Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the Network and System Support Certificate Level I program may be applied to this degree.

First Year

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
ITSC 1301-or-COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers-or-Introduction to Computers 3
ITNW 1325 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies 3
ITSC 1371 IT Essentials 3
ITSC 1372 IT Foundations 3
Second Semester Courses 15 Credits
ITMT 1378 Windows Configuration 3
ITMT 2371 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 3
Elective Technical Elective1 3
Elective Technical Elective1 3
POFT 1301 Business English 3
Third Semester Courses 6 Credits
Elective Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective2 3
Elective Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy & Culture2 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
ITMT 2372 Administering Windows Server 3
ITMT 2373 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 3
Elective Math Elective3 3
Elective Technical Elective1 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
ITSC 1315 Project Management Software 3
Elective Technical Elective1 3
ITSC 2372-or-ITSC 2380 Technical Skills Portfolio4-or-Cooperative Education - Computer and Information Sciences4 3
Computer Networking AAS, Microsoft Track Program Total 60 Credits


  1. Tecnical Elective - Choose from: ITCA, ITMT, ITCC, ITNW, ITSE, COSC, ITSW 1304, ITSW 1307, ITSW 2xxx, (ITSC 1301 or COSC 1301 may NOT be taken as a technical elective).
  2. Choose from the AAS Core
  3. MATH 1314 or higher
  4. Capstone Course

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Career Options

Median wage: $82,5951

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Information Technology (IT) Manager2
  • Network Administrator2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2016
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.