Applied Information Technology

A.S./B.S. in Technical Management Specialization Applied Information Technology (AIT)

Be on your way to earning your MCSA and MCSE in Server & Cloud Technologies! 

The Applied Information Technology (AIT) Specializations provide students in the ASTM or BSTM degree programs the opportunity to gain in-depth, hands-on experience with market-leading software and systems technologies.  Currently it provides three different Specializations, each consisting of five 3-credit courses. Each Specialization paves the way for successful students to earn valuable Microsoft Certified Professional credentials, which can greatly enhance a student’s employment prospects as an IT professional.

  • Many IT jobs and career paths require an industry-recognized credential, such as Microsoft’s certifications
  • Many IT professionals find that current, high-demand credentials, such as Microsoft’s certifications, can lead to 10%, 15% or even 25% greater salaries
  • Most IT certifications entitle their holders to membership within a world-wide community of practitioners

The AIT includes academic and technical training, certification testing and practical exercises aligned to meet the urgent needs of the IT industry.

Career Opportunities

The program is specifically designed to meet the IT industry’s high demand for:

  • Cloud Applications and E-Business Developers
  • Server and Cloud & Data Center / Data Warehouse Administrators
  • Database and Business Intelligence Managers
  • Technical Systems Analysts and Administrators

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Embry-Riddle’s ASTM and BSTM programs offer three specializations: Server & Cloud Administrator, Database & Business Intelligence Administrator and Cloud Applications Developer. Each specialization requires 15 undergraduate credit hours, consisting of five Information Systems Technology Applications (ISTA) courses.

See the Course Catalog for descriptions and prerequisites for the courses in each Specialization.

The Server and Cloud Administrator Specialization helps you build the skills you need to design, provision, manage and maintain server systems and support applications and data hosted on those infrastructures.  Through its virtual labs you’ll install, configure and manage clusters of Windows Server 2012 systems and the services they provide. You’ll also learn how to deploy servers and their services into Private and Public Clouds, as well as to provide access control, information security, and robust failover and business continuity support with such architectures.  Hands-on experience with Microsoft Azure provides the platform and technologies you’ll use to explore data center operations and support in the public cloud.  Throughout your courses you’ll use advanced systems automation and management tools as you monitor operations, tune for performance, and plan for growth and expansion of server and cloud infrastructures.
The Cloud Applications Developer Specialization teaches you how to design, write, build and support applications programs (or “apps” in today’s parlance) by making them available on the Web.  First, you’ll build your programming skills in C#, and expand on these as you use ASP.NET and the Model-View-Controller framework to migrate your app concepts into the cloud. You’ll learn to design, program and deploy apps that need to access organizational databases, provide end users with multimedia services and interact with their multimedia devices, and provide mobile computing and information services.  Throughout, you’ll gain the conceptual frameworks and the hands-on skills you need to position your app as a product, license and brand it, and make it available through channels like the Windows App Store.
The Database and Business Intelligence Administrator Specialization helps you design, build and support the database infrastructures that delivery the information storage, retrieval and transaction processing needs of today’s e-commerce, e-business and e-government infrastructures.  First, you’ll build a solid foundation in SQL and Transaction-SQL server installation, operation, maintenance and support skills. Next you’ll study data warehouses, and how to support, troubleshoot, load balance, and provide failover and recovery services for them.  Exploring data modeling and reporting concepts and techniques further prepares you to implement and support data intelligence and analysis capabilities, which almost every organization large or small needs today.

Frequently Asked Questions

This program is open to all students who meet Embry-Riddle Worldwide admissions standards and complete the course pre-requisite. For students who are new to computing or information technology (as users or as students), we strongly recommend that you prepare for and take the MTA Exam that is associated with your chosen specialization.  Study materials are free, and you’ll be provided with one free exam voucher upon application.

Students accepted into the program will typically complete the five-course program over five sequential nine-week terms.

To earn a certification a student must pass one or more Microsoft exams administrated by a third party as part of the normal Microsoft testing structure.  Students will use Microsoft Official Courses (MOC) as part of their Embry-Riddle course.  These MOC's are designed to assist students with passing Microsoft exams; commercial training companies often package the course and the exam in one fee.  But, the purpose of the ERAU courses are to expose students to a university-level understanding of the material.  The exams are not embedded in the ERAU courses but exam vouchers may be part of the course materials bundle.

Check out https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/certification-overview.aspx for the latest information on certifications, the technologies they apply to, the exams you need to pass and the courses you should consider taking to earn these respected credentials.

Students are encouraged to complete the courses focused on learning the material (e.g., answering job interview questions) as opposed to focusing on the exams themselves (e.g., testing knowledge).  Students will likely be required to continue studying beyond the duration of the course to pass Microsoft exams and earn Microsoft credentials although some students with IT experience may be able complete the exams immediately after taking the courses and do well.  The purpose if these courses is to provide students both a depth and breadth of knowledge in the subject and therefore it must be noted that these courses are not "exam prep" courses but have substantial value in preparing the student to pass official Microsoft exams.


The combination of Microsoft professional certification and an Embry-Riddle degree is a clear pathway to career success. Many jobs are only open to applicants holding current certifications; Microsoft’s own hiring data indicate that earning a relevant MCSE can result in 10%, 15% or even 25% increases in salary for IT professionals. IT professionals with other industry-leading credentials see similar career-enhancing benefits.  A recent PayScale.com study noted Embry-Riddle among the top universities in the nation where tuition dollars translate into substantial financial rewards in the workplace. Combining an Embry-Riddle degree with Microsoft certification can provide a significant boost to anyone’s career.

To earn a certification a student must pass one or more Microsoft exams administrated by a third party as part of the normal Microsoft testing structure.  Students will use Microsoft Official Courses (MOC) as part of their Embry-Riddle course.  These MOC's are designed to assist students with passing Microsoft exams; commercial training companies often package the course and the exam in one fee.  But, the purpose of the ERAU courses are to expose students to a university-level understanding of the material.  The exams are not embedded in the ERAU courses but exam vouchers may be part of the course materials bundle.

Check out https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/certification-overview.aspx for the latest information on certifications, the technologies they apply to, the exams you need to pass and the courses you should consider taking to earn these respected credentials.

Students are encouraged to complete the courses focused on learning the material (e.g., answering job interview questions) as opposed to focusing on the exams themselves (e.g., testing knowledge).  Students will likely be required to continue studying beyond the duration of the course to pass Microsoft exams and earn Microsoft credentials although some students with IT experience may be able complete the exams immediately after taking the courses and do well.  The purpose if these courses is to provide students both a depth and breadth of knowledge in the subject and therefore it must be noted that these courses are not "exam prep" courses but have substantial value in preparing the student to pass official Microsoft exams.


Tuition is Embry-Riddle -Worldwide’s standard tuition rate. Instructional and testing materials are an additional cost. Financial assistance is available for qualified students and may include military tuition assistance, VA benefits and federal financial aid.
View the Catalog listing for the A.S./B.S. in Technical Management Specialization Applied Information Technology.
Earn credit toward your degree plus highly sought after Microsoft Certifications.

Apply for the AIT

Step 1 — Contact Embry-Riddle
Inquire by calling 800-522-6787 or emailing worldwide@erau.edu.  You may also reach out to your local Embry-Riddle Worldwide campus or Online Academic Advisor.

Step 2 — Apply for Admission to Embry-Riddle

New ERAU students — Local ERAU Worldwide Campus staff can guide you through the application and financial aid process. You’ll also need to complete the Math and English Skills Assessments as part of your application, and schedule a meeting with your Embry-Riddle Academic Advisor to plan your path towards degree completion.

Existing ERAU students — you’ll need to make a Degree Program Change to select your chosen AIT Specialization in your existing ASTM or BSTM degree program. Your Academic Advisor can assist you.

Step 3 (Optional) — Pass the MTA Exam
Your preparation for this exam is a great first step in getting ready to begin your applied information technologies studies; passing the MTA exam, and earning your MTA Certificate, are important steps to help you succeed.  ERAU and Microsoft will provide you with one free MTA exam voucher. Although preparing for, taking  and passing the MTA is highly recommended, it is optional. If you do take and pass the MTA, be sure to submit a copy of your MTA Certificate to complete your application for your chosen Specialization!

Step 4 — Complete Admission and Registration Requirements
Complete the math and English skills assessment tests and schedule a meeting with your Embry-Riddle academic advisor to plan to your courses.