System Administration Track

The Information Technology (IT) major is a jointly offered program between the College of Management (CM) and the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The BSIT consists of a common core of ten courses, a track of four to six courses in a particular area of specialization (the system administration track requires four courses), a common capstone course, and three professional electives.

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Career Paths

The IT major is designed to offer a top notch program that addresses the Commonwealth’s IT workforce needs through a collaboration between CM and CSM. This degree provides a pathway from the bachelor’s degree to IT position in the public and private sectors, profit, and nonprofit. Exercises assigned throughout the BSIT are designed to be the kind that a student might encounter in his or her work: collaboration, competence, and outcomes assessment are the hallmark characteristics of the program.

System Administration (SA) focuses on the deployment and maintenance of computer systems and networks. The system administration track concerns issues related to the selection, installation, configuration and maintenance of Linux- and Windows-based systems (including shell programming and scripting, heterogeneous systems, remote management, the legal issues of system administration, as well as the design and implementation of policies and automated administration regimes) and Internet-working environments. As organizations keep investing in their information systems, talents are needed to help design, deploy, manage, and safeguard these systems.

Advising Notes

  • College of Management students should see general advising from the University Advising Center until they have earned 60 credits and selected a track. Students seeking advising regarding track courses should see a faculty mentor for their chosen track (names available in the college advising offices respectively). Advising for degree exceptions and policy overrides should go through the advising office for the college in which the student is enrolled (CM students should go to M-5-610), as appropriate.
  • Students should plan to take the track courses over the course of two years (four semesters) to ensure a wide selection of required and elective courses in the concentration. Some track courses may be offered once a year and are subject to sequencing due to prerequisites, making this time allowance necessary.
  • The prerequisites for these courses are strictly enforced; students should plan their schedule early and carefully.