Linux System Administration
The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Linux System Administration program is designed to help prepare students for a variety of industry-recognized Linux certification exams as well as provide practical hands-on skills for the workplace. The program includes a core of Linux classes including Linux operating system basics, system administration, network administration and network security. The courses in the program will help develop a student's knowledge and skill level in preparation for employment or to improve current professional skills. Students who complete this program may seek employment in a variety of environments. The program helps prepare students for the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA), Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), and CompTIA Linux+ certification exams. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Network and Systems Administration is also available.
This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.
Students who pursue this Certificate of Completion (CCL) should have a basic level of computer literacy including navigating the internet and computer systems or take CIS105 as indicated in the required courses. Students with the requisite skills may have the CIS105 requirement waived by permission of the Program Director.
Courses within any of the following prefixes must be taken within five (5) years prior to completion of the program to be applied toward this award: AIM, BPC, CIS, CLD, CNT, CSC, ITS, and MST.
This program replaces: CCL/5225 Linux Networking Administration
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Automate system tasks utilizing Linux shell scripting.
- Demonstrate the ability to install Linux.
- Create, manage, and delete user accounts, groups and permissions.
- Apply troubleshooting techniques to prevent and address system issues.
- Monitor system functions and security through the use of a variety of system tools and logs.
- Install and maintain software packages.
- Describe and navigate the Linux file system hierarchy.
- Create partitions and file systems, and manipulate access to them.
- Demonstrate configuration and troubleshooting of Linux networking, including network protocols, client and server systems.
- Configure and troubleshoot Linux security, including permissions, SELinux, access control lists (ACLs), digital certificates, and firewalls.
- Configure automation services.
- Create and maintain shell scripts.
Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.
Computer and Information Systems Managers
$134,640 Show expanded career information for Computer and Information Systems Managers
Computer Network Architects
$120,240 Show expanded career information for Computer Network Architects
Computer Network Support Specialists
$60,110 Show expanded career information for Computer Network Support Specialists
Computer Systems Analysts
$99,340 Show expanded career information for Computer Systems Analysts
Information Security Analysts
$101,570 Show expanded career information for Information Security Analysts
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$79,670 Show expanded career information for Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
Term 1 Term 1
Term 2 Term 2
Term 3 Term 3
Term 4 Term 4
Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.
Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.
- CS = Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Linux System Administration (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm11?id=143807).
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.