Microsoft System Administrator

Microsoft System Administrator

Technical Diploma

Increasingly today, server automation offers businesses the chance to conserve resources by letting machines communicate and complete tasks without human intervention. This has created the need for IT professionals who specialize in servicing these network environments, which are largely based on Windows Server operating systems.

A Closer Look

Microsoft system administrators install, configure, administer, and operate client and server systems. They have a strong grasp of PC hardware and software troubleshooting as well as a broad spectrum of network administration tasks. They are experts in the basics to the more complex—from user accounts, file system security, and printer management to network monitoring and performance tuning, web services, and directory services.

Although the inner workings of network administration and server automation often go without notice, the skilled IT professionals who oversee this important technology allow organizations to greatly boost productivity and efficiency.

What You'll Learn

Managing and troubleshooting network environments based on the Windows Server operating system is a growing field of expertise in IT. Mid-State’s Microsoft System Administrator program covers some of the newest and most rapidly expanding technologies in this area.

We seek feedback from local employers to ensure course content is always up to date. As a result, you will have the skills and knowledge employers are looking for. The program consists of four courses, and students who finish can apply those credits directly toward Mid-State’s IT Network Specialist program.


  • BYOD Technician
  • IT Help Desk Specialist
  • Network Operations Specialist
  • Mobile Security Specialist
  • Server Deployment Specialist
  • Technology Support Specialist
  • Telecommunications Technician

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Microsoft System Administrator program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Dr. Gibson received her PhD from Nova Southeastern University. She has 10 years of experience in programming and networking and keeps her skills fresh by taking classes in Cisco, cloud computing, and network administration.

“The words of Benjamin Franklin inspire my approach to teaching: ‘Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.’”


Casey earned his associate degree from Mid-State and has over 10 years of experience in IT with an emphasis on networking, from carrier grade to enterprise networks. He maintains his skills and industry connections as a member of the central Wisconsin developer group and is involved in the open source community.

“I teach because I want to make a difference.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $1,732.92
  • Books: $437.60
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $2,170.52

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is NOT eligible for Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10154102 Hardware Essentials I 3.00
(3 Credits)
Term: 2
10150120 Server Administration-Beginning 3.00
10150165 Network Server Scripting 3.00
(6 Credits)
Term: 3
10150121 Server Administration-Intermediate 3.00
(3 Credits)
Total Credits: 12