Join the global elite group of data center professionals from IBM, Commscope, Schneider Electric, Time Warner Cable, Sudlows Limited, Unilever, Capital One, University of Melbourne, Microsoft to name a few.
Data centers are complex facilities that are expected to deliver faultless service and financial results in a world of rapidly changing technologies, business pressures and environmental expectations.
In order to achieve this, data centers need highly capable leaders and managers – individuals who are capable of dealing with business complexity and technological change with the knowledge and skills to ensure their teams deliver against consistently challenging objectives.
The Masters Degree in Data Center Leadership and Management is a unique program, which has been designed in collaboration with the industry to advance data center professionals worldwide. No other program offers data center professionals this high level leadership and management education tailored to the data center sector.
The program harnesses CNet’s unique insight into data center operations and expertise in business leadership and management. Topics have been selected on the basis of feedback from the industry and data center professionals who are themselves involved with delivering the program alongside other hand-picked specialists. The content of the Masters is reviewed and refreshed each year to ensure it reflects the constantly evolving nature of the sector.
Delivery of the program is through distance learning, meaning that learners can study at times that are convenient to them. They can also easily communicate with their tutors and each other wherever they are in the world.
Primarily this three year program is based around supported online distance learning via a learning management system, providing flexibility and complete interaction every step of the way. Learners will be supported by the CNet team, specialist academic staff and industry specialists, all with the aim of creating an enriched shared learning experience. There is an optional Bootcamp held bi-annually in Cambridge, UK for those that can attend.
On average, learners commit the equivalent of approximately 10 hours of study to the program per week during trimester time, however this study can be taken at your own pace and undertaken at a convenient time for you. However, the deadlines that are given for your assessed work are strict and must be met.
Masters Degree Application Process
View a brief step-by-step guide to the application process here.
If you have any questions or require assistance at any point during the application process, please contact the CNet team.
The first year of the program enables you to develop your expertise in three key themes that are at the heart of any business: leadership, sustainability and financial management. The program starts with an introduction to leadership in the data center sector, exploring different approaches to leading in a complex and dynamic business. You will then go on to look at issues of sustainability and design, from the business management perspective. Leaders also need a sound understanding of money issues, so financial management is also included coupled with how financial considerations influence you as a leader.
Data Center Leadership
Sustainable Design for High Capacity Data Centers
Finance for Decision Making
The second year takes your expertise to the next level. You will start off by exploring key data center issues of infrastructure management, security and disaster recovery, in particular looking from the perspective of the business. To be successful, a data center business is dependent upon its people, so you will explore human resource management, organisational behaviour and strategies for maximising performance in teams. You will also develop your understanding of decision making, which is particularly important in critical services
Data Center Infrastructure Management, Security and Disaster Recovery
HRM and Organisational Capability Development
Decision Making in Critical Services
The final year expands your horizons even further, giving you the chance to develop your thought leadership and address specific business issues. First, in the “Contemporary Issues in Leadership and Management” module, you will explore themes in the data center sector and gain an in depth understanding of issues that are important to you. Next, you will develop your research skills, giving you the expertise to frame, plan and deliver research - this will provide a platform for your academic studies and will also enable you to develop new, credible and robust knowledge in your business. Finally, you will put all of your learning into practice by developing and delivering a major project (“dissertation” or “thesis”). You can look at this as a piece of work which could address a live issue in your workplace, or be based on a theme in the data center sector as a whole. Your major project will be one of the defining moments of your Masters Degree program and could open the door to further study or career development.
Contemporary Issues in Leadership and Management
Research Methods & Post Graduate Major Project
This Masters Degree is suited to leaders and senior managers working in data center facilities wishing to form the elite group of worldwide data center professionals.
This program has been designed for people in leadership and management positions within data center facilities. CNet Training will consider all applications individually, taking into account each applicant’s experience and qualifications. We encourage you to apply if you:
It would be advantageous if you have a first or second class degree from a UK university, or equivalent from an overseas university.
Those applicants for whom English is not a first language will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
As a distance learner, you will also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.
The aim of this Degree is to unite the existing knowledge and skills of data center professionals with essential new learning centered around leadership and management within a data center environment and award a top level degree qualification.
You will also gain the following:
What is an Associate College?
An Associate College status confirms a long-term working relationship with the University with the intention of providing quality education opportunities with a commitment to lifelong learning. CNet Training has worked closely with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge, UK, for a number of years and this status confirmed the company’s full responsibility for the design and delivery of the world’s only Masters Degree in Data Center Leadership and Management. The Masters Degree qualification is still awarded by ARU with a full graduation ceremony, and this high level qualification continues to be recognized with the same integrity of all the other ARU qualifications.
The Associate College status carries with it robust quality and academic standards, which CNet Training is proud to uphold. ARU undertake on-going inspections to ensure the Masters Degree program continues to reach desired quality standards, and, being a CNet Training program, it also conforms to the ISO standard that CNet Training adheres to. This quality focus ensures learners can be confident that they are receiving the best education possible.
What are the Benefits of the Associate College Status for CNet Training?
Anglia Ruskin University is an officially recognized University see – https://www.gov.uk/check-a-university-is-officially-recognised/recognised-bodies.
All their courses are accredited to meet the standards expected of Bachelors and Masters degrees in the UK and Internationally. Plus, the Masters Degree in Data Center Leadership and Management was approved by an expert panel including specialists from the industry and UK universities.
If you have any specific queries about the Master Degree program you can now speak with one of the Tutors – simply email us to arrange a suitable date and time.
If you have any specific queries about the Master Degree program you can now speak with one of the previous Graduates – simply email us to arrange a suitable date and time.
“This global leading opportunity is a result of the combination of CNet Training, recognized as the global leader in data center training and education, and Anglia Ruskin University’s award-winning high-quality work-based learning. CNet Training is an Associate College of Anglia Ruskin University providing responsibility for full design and delivery of the program. The degree provides a unique education and personal development opportunity for those working within a data center to advance their knowledge to master degree level. Individuals can become part of the ultimate elite group of highly qualified data center professionals and the industry can benefit from the enhanced knowledge and expertise that will be channeled into it.”
“The DC manager version of me that started out on the Masters Degree three 3 years ago is virtually unrecognizable to the one that exists today. It’s fair to say that my company has already gained back its investment in the Masters Degree in leaps and bounds, and I can honestly say the entire experience has set me up in a really good way for the rest of my career. ”
“The Masters Degree in Data Center Leadership and Management distance course is well organized and thoughtfully prepared. The course is demanding and requires high level of self-discipline and persistence. In return, it offers deep insights in leadership, and inspires students to develop their leadership capabilities. It has been designed for the data center industry and is great value for emerging leaders and their organizations. After 3 years of hard work and dedication I finally got confirmed my Masters Degree qualification. It was a great experience and I’m proud to be one of the very first Masters in Data Center Leadership and Management worldwide.”
“As I finish this part of my continual learning process I just wanted to thank you all for your help and support with what has been a fantastic journey. Your passion, coaching and mentoring throughout the program kept me going and encouraged me to develop and strive to succeed – it was tough at times but you were always there to help. I look back on what was an unbelievable learning experience and one that has had a big impact on my life, both professionally and personally.”
“I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the amount of resources made available to distance learners. It’s the first course of this kind where I didn’t FEEL like a distance learner. The team do an incredible job of bridging the gap that typically exists in this type of relationship. The effort and passion of the Anglia Ruskin team shine through, giving the experience of a joint endeavor.”