Applied Information Technology

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

Be on your way to earning your Microsoft or (ISC)2 Certifications! 

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 industry-leading 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 or (ISC)2 certifications
  • Many IT professionals find that current, high-demand credentials, such as Microsoft or (ISC)2 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
  • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Administrators

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Embry-Riddle’s ASTM and BSTM programs offer three specializations: Server & Cloud Administrator, Cybersecurity 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 2016 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.
The Cybersecurity Administrator Specialization helps you build the foundation of knowledge and skills to help organizations keep their information systems safe and secure. Using the System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) courseware and activities from (ISC)2, on the of the premier thought leaders in information systems security, you'll build a solid foundation of policy, procedure and systems best practices for cybersecurity. Then, using hands-on virtual labs and exercises, you'll apply that knowledge to a virtual Cyber Range lab environment as you work to secure Microsoft Windows Server 2016 systems from attacks and exploits. You'll also see how cutting-edge cyber forensics tools help you, as a cyerbsecurity administrator, build the case to keep your organization in compliance with cyber laws and regulations, and keep the cybercriminals out -- all while still getting business done! 

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.

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

Microsoft or (ISC)2 certifications are earned by passing one or more exams administrated by a third party.  ERAU’s Applied Information Technology courses are based upon Microsoft or (ISC)2 official curriculum content, and are designed to assist students with passing exams; but please note, the purpose of the ERAU courses are to provide students a solid grounding in the topics covered, and are not “test prep” training courses.  

The external certification exams are not embedded in the ERAU courses, nor is the cost of the exam bundled together with other required or supplemental course materials. ERAU may be able to provide the exam voucher(s) to students at a discount from retail.  As an AIT student, you’ll need to separately arrange with the testing service (such as PearsonVue) to schedule, pay for, and take your certification exam(s).

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 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.

Many certification training programs are aimed at experienced IT professionals who seek formal certification of their knowledge and skills. These “boot camp” courses do not typically take someone new to IT and help them build basic, conceptual knowledge, and learn to apply that knowledge in practical ways to build new skills.  Instead, ERAU’s Applied Information Technology program is geared to students just starting out in their study of IT topics and skills.

And unlike commercial certification company programs, as an ERAU AIT student, you earn undergraduate credit hours for each course you take. Those credit hours can contribute to your degree, or to an academic Certificate of Completion. Either of these attests to your successful learning, which gives you time to get on-the-job experience in your chosen Specialization before you take your formal Certification test.

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  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.  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.