Bachelor of Science in Cloud and Systems Administration
High demand for system administrators makes now the perfect time to build your résumé with certifications and a bachelor’s degree in cloud and system administration. WGU’s online B.S. Cloud and Systems Administration degree program will arm you with the certifications and credentials you need to turn your experience and passion for technology into an administration IT career.
When you complete this program, you will not only have your bachelor’s degree; you will also have completed an impressive suite of industry certifications, including the Amazon AWS SysOps Administration-Associate—all included in your low tuition and incorporated right into your coursework! Earning certs on the path to your degree gives you credentials that will boost your résumé right away, even before you complete your degree program.
We won’t waste your time. You don’t need to rehash things you already know. WGU’s innovative learning model allows you to prove your existing skills and knowledge so you can move quickly through the subjects you’ve already mastered, giving you time to focus on what you still need to learn. Learn more about WGU’s competency-based model here.
Who the Program is For:
- Established IT professionals seeking a bachelor's degree and certifications needed to advance their careers in cloud and systems administration.
- IT professionals who aspire to careers like systems administrator, computer systems analyst, cloud support specialist, AWS support administrator, and more.
- Individuals who have completed some college coursework, have earned high-level IT certifications, and/or have applicable work experience.
- Tech-savvy, self-motivated students able to work independently and committed to success.
Plan to work hard. Our most successful students spend at least 20 hours a week on their studies. Your own study schedule will be flexible, but this is a rigorous program. You should be self-motivated and prepared to commit fully to your studies. Click here to learn how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
Businesses of all sizes and in all industries now rely on cloud services to store, share, and manage their valuable digital assets. This dramatic move to the cloud in recent years has led to a sharp increase in demand for skilled professionals trained to manage and administer information systems, with a focus on cloud and emerging technologies. WGU’s online Bachelor of Science in Cloud and Systems Administration degree program was designed with input from industry experts to ensure you learn best practices to manage system infrastructure and secure data through effective IT policies and procedures. In addition to core IT skills, the program focuses on cloud technologies, security, networking, scripting, emerging technologies, and server administration.
This program consists of 122 competency units (CUs, the WGU equivalent to the traditional credit hour), including a capstone project. Most students begin their program with some IT experience, and students who have taken college courses or received a degree from another university may be able to transfer credits, significantly shortening the time to graduation. Your current certifications may also waive some required courses. An evaluation of your transcripts from prior colleges will be needed to determine whether you will be able to apply transfer credits toward your WGU degree program.
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
Information Technology Fundamentals
Business of IT
Network and Security
Scripting and Programming
Network Policies and Services Management
Network Reliability and Fault Tolerance
Cloud Deployment and Operations
Core Subject Areas
These lower-division courses may be cleared through transfer credit:
Introduction to Communication
English Composition I
Critical Thinking and Logic
Introduction to Geography
Intermediate and College Algebra
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Introduction to Humanities
Introduction to Biology
Natural Science Lab
Integrated Physical Sciences
What You'll Earn
This program incorporates several industry-recognized certifications, giving you a competitive advantage in the real-world job market. You will study for and complete the following certification exams at no extra cost:
- Amazon AWS SysOps Administration–Associate
- Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012
- LPI Linux Essentials
- CompTIA Linux+
- CompTIA A+
- CompTIA Cloud Essentials
- CompTIA Cloud+
- CompTIA Network+
- CompTIA Security+
- CompTIA IT Operations Specialist
- CompTIA Systems Support Specialist
- CompTIA Cloud Admin Professional
- CompTIA Linux Network Professional
- CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist
- CompTIA Secure Cloud Professional
- Project+ (CompTIA)
- Axelos ITIL®* Foundation
- CIW Site Development Associate
Note: Your current IT certifications may waive some required courses in your degree program. Click here to see which IT certifications may transfer to WGU. Contact an Enrollment Counselor with any questions.
* ITIL® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.
The B.S. Cloud and Systems Administration program culminates in a capstone project. The capstone project allows you to take what you've learned and showcase your knowledge by solving a significant, real-world business problem.