Microsoft Networking Technology (AAS)

Program Information

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Microsoft Networking Technology program is designed to develop skills needed to implement a network infrastructure and install, configure, monitor, optimize, and troubleshoot Windows server and Windows client workstations. Courses in the program are also designed to help prepare for Microsoft Certified Product Specialist (MCP) examinations.

Typical tasks of a Microsoft Networking Administrator include developing a local area network, installing and configuring software, creating and managing user and group accounts, analyzing and optimizing system performance, troubleshooting system and printing problems, interoperating with various operating systems, and working as a system administrator.

This program requires students to complete prerequisites. Download the Course Check Sheet or see a program advisor for details.

Sequence Notes:

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Advising Notes:

CIS105 is a program prerequisite that is not included in the total credits for this program. Students might consider taking one or more general education courses during summer sessions to have a more manageable number of credits during each semester.

Name SID


Recommended Course Sequence

Semester I 14-15 Credits Grade Sem/Year

CIS105 may be waived by Program Director based on student background and experience; such students should plan to take an Oral Communications course this semester (instead of Semester 4) to even their credit load between terms. Other students might consider taking this general education course during a summer session.

CIS105 Survey Computer Info Systems OR



COM100 Introduction to Human Communication OR 3    
COM110 Interpersonal Communication OR 3    
COM225 Public Speaking OR 3    
COM230 Small Group Communication AND


Permission of Department and Division

CIS 121AB Microsoft Command Line Operations OR 1    
CIS 221AB Microsoft Power Shell 1    
CIS102 Interpersonal and Customer Service Skills for IT Professionals 1    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

Any Restricted Elective selected from list below. 3-4

ENG101 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG107 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
MA ANY Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area. 3-5    
Semester II 16-18 Credits Grade Sem/Year

Students who test exempt from CRE101 should plan to take an additional Restricted Elective course this semester to better balance credits between terms.

BPC170 Computer Maintenance: A+ Exam Prep Level I 3    
CIS 126AA UNIX Operating System: Level I OR 1    
CIS 126BA UNIX Operating System: Level II OR 1    
CIS 126CA UNIX Operating System: Level III OR 1    
CIS 126DA UNIX Operating System OR 3    
CIS 126DL LINUX Operating System 3    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

Any Restricted Elective selected from list below. 3-8 

CRE101 College Critical Reading


Equivalent as indicated by assessment.

NS ANY Any approved General Education course from the Natural Sciences area. 4    
Semester III 15-17 Credits Grade Sem/Year

CIS190 is an option that is not available at GCC. Students may inquire at other Maricopa Community Colleges if interested in this option.

MST140 and MST150/150++ are scheduled at GCC so that both may be completed in the same semester.

CNT 140AA Introduction to Networks OR 4    
MST140 Microsoft Networking Essentials 3    
MST 150 Microsoft Windows Professional OR 3    
MST 150EI Configuring Windows 8 OR 3    
MST 150SV Microsoft Windows 7 Configuration OR 3    
MST 150XP Microsoft Windows XP Professional 3    
ENG102 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG108 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
SB ANY Any approved General Education course from the Social Behavioral Sciences area. 3    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

Any Restricted Elective selected from list below. 3-4

Semester IV 13-21 Credits Grade Sem/Year
A total of 14-15 credits of Restricted Electives are required for the degree. Complete enough additional elective courses this semester to reach that minimum.  Course to meet Oral Communications area is required this semester unless completed in an earlier semester. 
Enrolling in more than 18 credits will require special permission. Students having that many credits remaining to complete should consider taking one or more courses during a summer session.
MST 158DA Windows Server Administration OR 4    
MST 158DB Installing & Configuring Windows Server 4    
MST 155 Implementing Windows Network Infrastructure OR 3    
MST 155DA Windows Server Network Infrastructure Configuration OR 4    
MST 155DB Configuring Advanced Windows Server Service 4    
MST 157 Implementing Windows Directory Services OR 3    
MST 157DA Active Directory Windows Server Configuration OR 4    
MST 157DB Administering Windows Server 4    
HU ANY Any approved General Education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. 3    
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication OR 3    
COM110 Interpersonal Communication OR 3    
COM225 Public Speaking OR 3    
COM230 Small Group Communication 3    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

Any Restricted Elective selected from the list below. 0-4

Restricted Electives 14-15 Credits Grade Sem/Year
A total of 14-15 credits of restricted electives selected from list below required for the program. Courses selected cannot apply in both Required Courses and Restricted Electives area. 
Total of all credits completed toward the program (Required Area, General Education and Resticted Electives) must meet a minimum of 60 credits. 
RE ANY Restricted Electives
BPC171 Recycling Used Computer Technology (1) 3 
(BPC171 may be repeated) 
BPC270 Computer Maintenance II: A+ Technician Prep 3 
CIS238+++ Any Advanced Linux System Administration(any module) 3 
CIS239++ Any Linux course (any module) except CIS239DC 3 
CIS240 Local Area Network Planning and Design (3) OR
CIS240++ Any Linux course (any module) (3) 3 
CIS270 Essentials of Network and Information Security 3 
CIS15+ Any CIS programming language (3) AND/OR
CIS15+++ Any CIS programming language (any module) (3) 3 
CIS16+ Any CIS programming language (3) OR
CIS16+++ Any CIS programming language (any module)(3) 3 
CIS280 Current Topics in Computing (3) OR
CIS280++ Current Topics in Computing (any module) 1-3 
Students may select no more than four (4) credits combined from CIS282AA-AC, CIS290AA-AC and CIS296WA-WD courses. 
CIS282++ Volunteerism for Computer Information Systems: A Service Learning Experience (any suffixed course) (1-3) OR 
CIS290++ Computer Information Systems Internship (any suffixed course) (1-3) OR
CIS296++ Cooperative Education (any suffixed course) (1-4) 1-4 
CNT+++++ Any CNT Cisco Network Technology course 4 
ITS+++++ Any ITS Information Technology Security course 3-4 
MST141 Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 3 
MST152 Microsoft Windows Server (4) OR
MST152++ Any Microsoft Windows (any module) (4) 4 
MST244 Microsoft SQL Server Administration 3 
MST259 Designing Windows Network Security 3 
MST298A+ Special Projects (any suffixed course) 1-3 
CWE198++ Career Work Experience (any suffixed course) 1-3

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