Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Worldwide Campus offers an exciting new bridge between two great careers by educating transitioning U.S. military personnel in the latest technologies through classroom, hybrid, and project-based learning.
The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy includes a solid theoretical foundation and uses practical, hands-on exercises, virtual labs, and certification testing to prepare students for challenging I.T. jobs in any industry. The program is currently open to military service members who are within six months of separation or retirement and recently transitioned veterans.
The program meets the I.T. industry's high demand for:
- Software Developers
- Systems Administrators
- Cloud Applications Specialists
- Server and Cloud Administration Specialists
- Software Testers and Software Quality Assurance Specialists
- Technical Program Managers
Career Search Assistance and Enhancement
In addition to the course work, the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy offers various career enhancement opportunities through Microsoft and select partners. MSSA students will receive training in career planning, job search strategies, resume writing, and interview techniques. Microsoft also facilitates mentor relationships with I.T. industry professionals. A job interview with Microsoft or a Microsoft-approved hiring partner is offered to all students predicted to pass the second term classes. Note: Microsoft Career Placement Services are only available to MSSA students.
The program offers two MSSA certificates: Server & Cloud Administrator and Cloud Applications Developer, which apply to the A.S. and B.S. Technical Management degrees. Each certification requires students to earn 15 undergraduate credit hours consisting of five applied information technology courses across two nine-week terms.
View the catalog listings for the Associate in Science or Bachelor of Science in Technical Management with Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) specialization for descriptions and prerequisites.
Apply for the MSSA
Step 1 — Determine Eligibility
Contact your installation Employment/Career Skills Office or Transition Program to determine eligibility.
Step 2 — Contact Embry-Riddle
Inquire with your local Embry-Riddle Worldwide campus to learn about the program and financial details. MSSA is offered at the following locations:
Server and Cloud Administrator
- Camp Pendleton (CA)
- Colorado Springs (CO)
- Fort Campbell (KY)
- Norfolk/Hampton Roads (VA)
- Schofield Barracks (HI)
- Camp Pendleton/Oceanside (CA)
- Camp Lejeune (NC)
- Colorado Springs, (CO)
- Fort Bragg (NC)
- Quantico (VA)
- San Antonio (TX)
- San Diego (CA)
Contact our Enrollment Operations Center at 800-522-6787, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Step 3 — Apply for Admission
Local Embry-Riddle Worldwide campus staff can guide you through the application process.
Step 4 — Pass the MTA Exam
Take and successfully pass the appropriate Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exam using the voucher provided.
Step 5 — Complete Admission and Registration Requirements
Complete the math and English skills assessment exams (required for enrolling) and schedule a meeting with your Embry-Riddle academic advisor to plan your courses.
- Collaboration Between Embry-Riddle, Microsoft Will Continue to Help Service Members Transition to New IT Careers. Read more about the MSSA