Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA)

A.S./B.S. in Technical Management Specialization Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) 

In partnership with Microsoft, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University -  Worldwide is proud to offer 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.

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA)

The MSSA is a full-time, 18-week program that includes a solid theoretical foundation and uses practical, hands-on exercises, virtual labs and certification testing to prepare students for challenging IT jobs in any industry. Successful completion of the MSSA results in a pathway towards Microsoft certification, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University credit toward a Technical Management degree and a job interview with Microsoft or an approved Microsoft Technology Partner. The MSSA is currently open to military service members who are within six months of separation or retirement. It is also open to recently transitioned veterans.

Career Opportunities

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

  • Cloud Apps and Business Systems Developers Software Developers and Testers
  • Server and Cloud Administrators
  • Technical Program Managers
  • Database and Business Intelligence Developers
  • Cybersecurity / Information Systems Security analysts and administrators

Embry-Riddle’s ASTM and BSTM programs offer three specializations: Server & Cloud Administrator, Cloud Applications Developer, and Cybersecurity Administrator. Each specialization requires 15 undergraduate credit hours, which include five systems courses.

Upon completion of the specialization, students are well-positioned to complete the remaining Associate of Science in Technical Management degree requirements in either traditional face-to-face, online or hybrid class formats and progress to a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management degree.

Career Search Assistance and Enhancement

In addition to the course work, the MSSA offers a variety of career enhancement opportunities through Microsoft and partners it selects that help MSSA students with career planning and job search strategies and skills-building, with resume writing and interview techniques. Microsoft also provides interaction with IT industry leaders; and a job interview with Microsoft or a Microsoft-approved hiring partners.

Locations

ERAU will only offer the MSSA at the following Embry-Riddle Worldwide campuses. Additional locations will be announced on this page. Applications are currently being accepted at the following locations:

If you are interested in this program and believe you can meet the program criteria and pass the entrance exam for this program and want to learn more, please follow the steps listed on this page.

MSSA Specializations

Embry-Riddle’s ASTM and BSTM programs offer three MSSA specializations: Server & Cloud Administrator, Cloud Applications Developer, and Cybersecurity Administrator. (The fourth specialization, Database / Business Intelligence Administrator, is currently under development and planning for launch sometime soon.) Each specialization requires students to earn 15 undergraduate credit hours consisting of five applied information technology courses in a specific discipline.

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 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, one 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 cybersecurity 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!

Get More Information

All interested students must attend an MSSA Orientation Session at their local Education Center. Contact your local ERAU campus for more information.

Apply for the MSSA

Step 1 — Determine Eligibility

Contact your installation Employment/Career Skills Office or Transition Program to determine eligibility.

If you’re not eligible — or if you’re not located at an MSSA location – consider our Applied Information Technologies Specializations instead — same great courses offered via Online and EagleVision Home!

Step 2 — Contact Embry-Riddle
Inquire with your local Embry-Riddle Worldwide campus to learn program and financial details.

Or, contact our Enrollment Operations Center at 800-522-6787, or email to worldwide@erau.edu 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.

View the Catalog listing for the A.S./B.S. in Technical Management Specialization Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA).

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Apply for the MSSA

Step 1 — Determine Eligibility

Contact your installation Employment/Career Skills Office or Transition Program to determine eligibility.

If you’re not eligible — or if you’re not located at an MSSA location – consider our Applied Information Technologies Specializations instead — same great courses offered via Online and EagleVision Home!

Step 2 — Contact Embry-Riddle
Inquire with your local Embry-Riddle Worldwide campus to learn program and financial details.

Or, contact our Enrollment Operations Center at 800-522-6787, or email to worldwide@erau.edu 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.

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