CSNE Certification Program

Computer Systems and Network Engineering

The computer systems and network engineering program at MVNU includes the following requirements:

  1. Three approved certifications
  2. Three additional approved certifications or in place of each certification, two hours of course credit (CSC courses at level 2000 and above) may be substituted (0-6 Credit hours)

Thus all students are required to complete between 3 and 6 certifications.


Goal: Complete one certification per semester starting as soon as sophomore year, until complete

Your three to six certifications will need to be complete by graduation. In addition, it is required to have at least one networking certification prior to starting the Networking Practicum course, and at least one server related certification prior to starting the server practicum.

The time required to prepare for a certification exam is typically 3-6 months. It is thus suggested that you begin earning a certification each semester starting with first semester of your sophomore year.

Remember - you will not receive your degree in this major until this requirement is complete. If you all courses are complete, but not the certifications, you may be able to walk in the graduation, but you will not receive your degree until MVNU receives confirmation of completed approved certifications.

Certification list

The following certifications that are pre-approved for use in the program. If you wish to select a certification not on this list, you can submit an approval request to the CS department chair. The requisition must include the name and description of the certification, along with a URL for the organization providing the certification. This list is subject to change as we add more possibilities.

Organization Certification Exam Description
Cisco Systems CCENT* ICND1 This certification validates the ability to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security.
  CCNA Routing and Switching* ICND2 (+ICND1) Cisco Routers, Cisco Switches, Cisco IOS, IOS Licensing, IPv6, VLANs, ACLs, Etherchannel EIGRP, SNM, Netflow, WLAN, LAN and WAN
  CCT DCTECT Supporting Cisco Data Center System Devices
Microsoft MCSA* MCSA MCSA: Windows Server 2012
  Microsoft Technology Associate MTA The fundamentals of IT
CompTIA CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI* LX0-101 LX0-102 LX0-101 covers system architecture; Linux Installation and package management; GNU and Unix commands; devices, Linux filesystems, and filesystem hierarchy standard. LX0-102 covers shells, scripting and data management; user interfaces and desktops; administrative tasks; essential system services; networking fundamentals; security. Each exam counts as one certification
  CompTIA A+ A+ The exams cover maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers.
VMWare VMware Certified Associate – Data Center Virtualization VCA-DCV Define data center virtualization and provide use case scenarios of how vSphere and data center virtualization can provide cost and operational benefits

* The CS department has plans to offer seminars on these topics

Here is a nice list of other certifications:Complete List of Certifications.

Test Preparation

There are a variety of methods to prepare for an exam. Many books exist that can be used for study. Online and in-seat courses exist, which may be purchased at a (sometimes high) cost.

In order to facilitate preparation for certification exams, the CS department will offer (free) uncredited seminars each semestor to provide preparation activities for a specific certification exam. It is highly recommended that you participate in these. These will be official uncredited MVNU courses, and will appear on your transcript.

A schedule of certification preparation is being developed below. This will evolve over time as plan solidify. Consider the list below tentitive.

Seminar Semester Time Location
Cisco CCENT (ICND1) Fall 2014 Thursdays, 7-9 PM LLRC 036
Linux Spring 2015 TBD LLRC 036
Cisco CCNA (ICND2) Fall 2015 TBD TBD
Microsoft MCSA Spring 2016 TBD TBD


Certification exams typically cost between $100-$250 each. You will need to budget for this expense as part of your major.

Topic revision: r5 - 2014-09-03 - JimSkon
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