Concentration in Computer Networking 

 NOTE: beginning June 1, 2012, applications for this concentration will no longer be accepted.  Applicants are advised to apply for the new Master of Professional Studies (MPS) concentration in Computer Networking.  
Program Description  

Mission: Creating individuals with the skills, knowledge, and creativity to succeed in the 21st century!

Fort Hays State University (FHSU) is pleased to offer a concentration in the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) in Computer Networking. The Masters of Liberal Studies is a 31-hour interdisciplinary graduate program that is offered on-campus and on-line. It consists of a 10-hour core, an 18-hour customized plan of study and a 3-hour culminating project. The Computer Networking concentration is offered through the Department of Informatics. All required courses are offered through distance learning and do not require campus visits. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited or otherwise approved school and an overall GPA of 3.0. Once you have been admitted to this concentration, please follow the MLS Checklist and carefully read The MLS Student Handbook.

Core Courses

The core is built around the theme "Ways of Knowing: A Foundation for Understanding and Exploring the Emerging Knowledge Society." This theme is explored in the following on-line courses:

IDS 801 Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies (1 hour)
IDS 802 Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective (3 hours)
IDS 803 Emerging Knowledge Society (3 hours)
IDS 804 Information Literacy (3 hours)

Computer Networking Courses:
Undergraduate Leveling

The Computer Networking Concentration assumes a fundamental expertise in network design and implementation. Students who do not have this expertise may develop it by taking non-graduate leveling courses in Internetworking. (F=Fall, S=Spring, U=Summer)

INT 291 Internetworking I* (Potential non-grad leveling course)(F, S, U)
INT 292 Internetworking II* (Potential non-grad leveling course) (F, S, U)
INT 293 Internetworking III* (Potential non-grad leveling course) (F, S, U)

Computer Networking Core:

INT 695 Advanced Routing (F)**
INT 696 Securing Converged WANS (S)**
INT 697 Advanced LAN Switching (F)**
INT 698 Optimizing Converged Networks (S)** #

Computer Networking (three electives needed):

INT 662 Modern Telephony (F virtual only)
INT 664 Wireless and Cellular Systems (S campus only)
INT 672 Advanced Linux For Networking (F virtual only)
INT 678 Seminar in INT: Linux For Networking (S virtual only)
INT 678 Seminar in INT: Unix System Administration (S virtual only)
INT 678 Seminar in INT: INT Project Management (F, S virtual only)
INT 680 Network Architecture and Data Communications I (F)
INT 681 Network Architecture and Data Communications II (S)
INT 684 Foundations of Information Systems Security (F virtual only)
INT 685 Fundamentals of Network Security (F virtual only)
INT 686 Intermediate Network Security (S virtual only)
INT 891 Capstone in Network Security (S virtual only)
INT 872 Readings in INT (By permission and arrangement)
INT 876 Professional Topics in INT (As approved by advisor)
INT 879 Internship in INT (By permission and arrangement)
INT 876 Professional Topics in INT (By permission and arrangement)

On-Campus Courses:

Applicable Fort Hays State University courses offered solely on-campus include (all three hour)

INT 664 Wireless and Cellular Systems (S)

MIS 602 Information Systems Design and Development

** Advanced Routing, Securing Converged WANS, Advanced LAN Switching, and Optimizing Converged Networks are the courses providing preparation for the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) exam. To take these courses a student must have completed INT 291, 292, and 293 or passed the CCNA examination.

# This course typically serves as the culminating course for the masters degree. Students are urged to contact Professor Kevin Shaffer ( to discuss potential culminating projects in advance of enrolling in the class. Students intending to pursue a doctorate degree may want to complete a thesis in substitution of other elective courses.

Courses listed on the schedule as INT 876 Professional Topics in INT/ Instructing: Internetworking I, Internetworking II, Wireless and Cellular Systems, Fundamentals of Network Security are offered for instructors attending FHSU’s Cisco Academy trainings or trainings at other specified Cisco Academy training sessions. These courses may be approved by the student’s advisor.

The number of online course offerings will grow to fit student and employer demands. Each of the distance learning courses listed is offered fully on-line and does not require a physical presence on campus. Most of the course activities are completed when the student chooses to study and work on academic projects. Each of the courses will have specific deadlines for projects, labs, tests and other activities. Students taking on-line courses will benefit substantially from having high-speed Internet access such as: DSL, Cable, or Ethernet. Additional offerings are available on-campus.

Additional Contact Information

Professor Stephen Schleicher –
Department of Informatics
Fort Hays State University
Hays, Kansas 67601-4099
Telephone (785) 628-5373
Web site:

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