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New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Level 6)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


MIT Manukau


Want to help get New Zealand moving again?

Graduates with the skills to secure Information Technology (IT) systems are critical to the economy. Make sure you have the right skills to advance your career in IT security.

Learn how to manage and secure databases and networks, and get the skills to find and fix problems.

When you graduate, you will be ready for a well-paid job in IT support or systems administration. You will also have the skills to quickly move into more advanced roles, such as senior system administrator or application support analyst.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below eight courses (120 credits):

561.645 Professional Practice in IT (15 credits)

561.647 Information Security (15 credits)

562.616 Automated System Deployment (15 credits)

562.617 Messaging and Services (15 credits)

563.683 Change and Project Management in IT (15 credits)

565.689 Advanced Server Services (15 credits)

565.690 Network Infrastructure (15 credits)

565.691 Directory Services (15 credits)

Career opportunities

This programme was developed after wide consultation with schools, industry, and community stakeholders to include cutting edge information and communication technologies, IT knowledge and skills. This combination of technical and core skills will prepare you for employment in a range of IT technical support roles or as a pathway more advanced roles or further study.

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to gain employment in entry level roles such as IT technician, help desk, Tier 1 and 2 desktop support, systems administration, or in applications support. Graduates also have the background to progress into more advanced roles such as senior system administrator or application support analyst roles.

Further training or study

Bachelor of Digital Technologies (Level 7) Majors in Networking, Software and Web Development and Data Analytics

Entry criteria

Applicants are required to complete Year 12 or equivalent of secondary school.

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

IELTS test: Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); Cambridge English Examinations: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

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