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Programs / Information Technology / Network Technology (NET)

Program Summary

The four-year NET program focuses on the design, management, operation and installation of future complex information networks such as those that make up the Internet and cell phone networks. The program is multidisciplinary in nature, combining courses in computer and network technology with courses in physics, mathematics, business, communications, arts and social sciences. In this program, you will not only explore theories and concepts but also learn about their practical application. You will learn to design, manage, secure, operate, install and configure advanced IT networks. State-of-the-art networking labs offer hands-on training with real-world equipment. The NET program has a partnership with the Cisco Networking Academy, whereby students are trained to successfully write the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Professional (CCNP) certification exams to earn industry-recognized certification, which is in high demand in the job market.

As a student of today and a network professional of tomorrow, you need a well-rounded education and a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experience on which to build your career. You will move from design, installation and operation of advanced IT networks to reconfiguring networks to meet users’ needs and analyzing the role of IT networks in an organization.

The NET program also prepares you for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) certifications, as well as CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) certification following 2 years industrial experience. These certifications demonstrate your knowledge and skills in the management of small size to large scale networks. They bring valuable expertise and are considered as a huge asset by employers.

Laboratory facilities

State-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment are available at both institutions and are dedicated to the students in the program. Wireless network connections are also available if you wish to use your own laptop computer on campus. Because of the hands-on nature of this program, the number of students accepted each year is limited.

Co-op opportunities

A flexible co-op option allows you to gain at least 12 months of valuable work experience while studying for your degree. Co-op opportunities help you develop personal and professional skills in a number of settings, such as government agencies, technology companies and other private sector industries

Tuned into industry

Both institutions regularly consult with representatives from related industries in order to track changing trends in the IT field. This also helps you to build contacts for summer and future permanent employment.

There are few better places in which to study and live than Ottawa, the nation’s capital. With more than 1,800 high-technology companies and a wide range of governmental departments, non-profit organizations and research institutions, NET graduates are well situated to find employment in network planning, design and administration.

Information networks continue to grow at a fast pace and will play an essential role in tomorrow’s society. Expansion of these networks and the evolution of the technology that supports them will require a new breed of professionals with sophisticated knowledge, skills and hands-on training. The NET curriculum responds to this by offering a unique blend of computer and network technology courses with courses in physics, mathematics, communications, and business.

The NET program focuses primarily on the design, installation, operation and management of future complex information networks.

Once registered for this program, you will be considered a student at both Algonquin and Carleton. You will benefit from the outstanding facilities, teaching staff, resources and expertise that both institutions offer. Note: The program has been designed for full-time studies; to ensure the necessary student/teacher interaction, enrolment in the program is limited.


Successful completion of this four-year program gives you both a university bachelor’s degree and an advanced college diploma. This degree/diploma combination opens the door to a broad range of career opportunities with network design and installation companies, governments, finance companies, telecom operators, system integrators, educational institutions, private training companies and many other business enterprises requiring network design, management and operation.

Graduates from the Network Technology program also have excellent opportunities to pursue Master’s and PhD programs at Carleton University and at other universities.

What students are saying about Network Technology (NET)

The Network Technology program has provided me with invaluable skills and a strong foundation in IT. The high quality education and the practical skills I have learned have helped me excel in various work placements. In my recent placement, I had the opportunity to work at CENGN, and apply the skills I have learned to work on cutting-edge cloud and software-defined networking technologies.
Sam Robillard, Information Technology: Network Technology student

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