B.S. in Technical Management - Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) Technical Specializations

Worldwide Embry-Riddle Associates Technical Management

In partnership with Microsoft, ERAU is proud to offer this exciting new bridge between one great career and another.  This partnership brings the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (or MSSA) within our acclaimed Bachelor of Science in Technical Management (BSTM) degree program, at selected military bases within the US.  As an BSTM – MSSA student, you’ll be part of a cohort of students studying a selected area of applied information technologies specialization based on the schedule of classes at your military duty station or affiliated ERAU teaching site.  You’ll take five technically-focused software and systems courses and one Math course to complete the Specialization; along the way, you’ll be able to complete the rest of your BSTM  degree requirements in either traditional face-to-face, online or hybrid class formats.

In addition, if you’re a qualifying active duty Service member or recently separated Veteran, you may be eligible for additional career-enhancing services, direct from Microsoft – including the possibility of a job interview with Microsoft or one of its Technology Partner companies.

If you’re already enrolled in our BSTM program, great! You can switch to the MSSA specialization, provided you meet its specific enrollment requirements.

Leaving active duty to go into the private sector, you know that your skills, credentials and education are critical to your successful transition to a new way of life.  Employers see a college degree as a demonstration of your knowledge, motivation, and persistence — qualities that will set you above and apart from the pack.  The Bachelor of Science in Technical Management program will appeal to your background, interests, and talents and give you a competitive edge in your career, too.  This curriculum was developed to give you the knowledge and skills you’ll need to marshal the resources of any organization toward its goals. Over the course of this program, you’ll learn to organize, plan, staff, and coordinate physical assets as well as personnel.  When combined with the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy specialization courses, this gives you unrivalled cutting-edge knowledge, skills and abilities combined with business and management savvy!

Prerequisites not previously met may be taken from open elective courses.

The Bachelor of Science in Technical Management curriculum offers general education, common undergraduate business core, plus eight majors and minors that take students deeper into their areas of interest, including: areas of Technical Management, Project Management, Management of Information Systems, Information Security, Occupational Safety and Health, Engineering Sciences, Facilities and Construction Management, and Human Resources Management.

Graduates may go on to managerial/supervisory careers in Aviation-related and Non-Aviation-related public and private fields. 

As part of the college of business undergraduate degree, students will take a comprehensive exam in MGMT 436 (Strategic Management).

Technical Management students who wish to continue on to a master's degree may enroll in the BSTM to MSM, MMIS, MSISA 4+1 program as outlined in this program.


General Education

General Education
Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Humanities, and Social Sciences may be chosen from the list below, assuming prerequisite requirements are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified.
Communication Theory and Skills
ENGL 123English Composition3
HUMN 330Values and Ethics3
Humanities elective (lower or upper level)3
Social Sciences
ECON 210Microeconomics3
ECON 211Macroeconomics3
Physical and Life Science lower-level elective
Physics/Biology/Meteorology/Chemistry, etc.6
MATH 111College Mathematics for Aviation I +3
MATH 112College Mathematics for Aviation II3
or MATH 320 Decision Mathematics
Computer Science
CSCI 109Introduction to Computers and Applications3
+ To be eligible for Microsoft’s enhanced career services support, you’ll need to complete at least MATH 106. If you’re going on to complete the ASTM (or BSTM) degree, you will need to complete MATH 111 to meet degree program requirements.
Total Credits36


Common Business Core
MATH 211Statistics with Aviation Applications3
or MATH 222 Business Statistics
MGMT 201Principles of Management3
MGMT 221Introduction to Management Information Systems3
MGMT 311Marketing3
MGMT 312Managerial Accounting3
MGMT 314Human Resource Management3
MGMT 332Corporate Finance I3
MGMT 371Leadership3
MGMT 390Business Law3
MGMT 436Strategic Management3
RSCH 202Introduction to Research Methods3
Total Credits33
Choose Major:21
Technical Management Major
Project Management Major
Management of Information Systems Major
Information Security Major
Occupational Safety and Health Major
Engineering Sciences Major
Facilities and Construction Management Major
Human Resources Management Major

Electives/MSSA Technical Specializations

Transfer Credit -or- COB Minor-or- MGMT Electives12
If technical transfer credit is not applicable, the 12 hours can ONLY be used toward College of Business (COB) minors. If no minor is chosen, then MGMT electives 200-300-400 level courses.
* Not applicable to Engineering Sciences Major
Open Electives (Lower or Upper Level) may be used for Minors in other departments or MSSA Technical Specialization.18
* (15 credits of Open Electives, all upper level, are required for the Engineering Sciences Major).
*** (15 credits: Choose MSSA Technical Specialization)
Specialization Learning Path Cohort: Each 18-week cohort will only concentrate on one technical specialization, which is shown in the schedule of offerings for each specific military base hosting this program. Once students are enrolled with the appropriate base and its scheduled set of courses, students and fellow classmates – the cohort – may take MATH 106 and five ISTA courses that serve the appropriate specialization.
If multiple Specialization learning paths are taken, total credit hours to complete the BSTM degree will exceed 120 credit hours.
*** Microsoft Software and Systems Academy Specializations:
Database & Business Intelligence Administrator (Not currently available for enrollment.)
Cloud Applications Developer
Server and Cloud Administrator
Cybersecurity Administrator
Total Degree Requirements120

Minnesota student residents refer to State of Minnesota Course Requirement statement for Humanities requirements.

Technical Management Major

Technical Management Major
MGMT 320Business Information Systems3
MGMT 321Aviation/Aerospace Systems Analysis Methods3
MGMT 391Introduction to Project Management3
MGMT 394Information Security Management3
MGMT 420Management of Production and Operations3
MGMT 444Principles of Supply Chain Management3
MGMT 449Strategic Marketing Management3
Total Credits21

Aviation Management Major

The Aviation Management Major is designed to provide students interested in pursuing a management discipline in the aviation, defense, and aerospace  fields with a detailed and relevant flow of courses.

The Aviation Management Major, in conjunction with the BSTM core and elective course requirements, will provide students with an excellent well-rounded educational experience that should lead to exciting growth career opportunities.

Students taking courses in this Major will receive a depth of knowledge in a wide array of aviation, airport, and airline management areas.  In addition, this major features a course that will concentrate on today’s trends, opportunities and problems in air transportation. The aviation-related management courses should be both rewarding and challenging to the students participating in this Major.

MGMT 408Airport Management3
MGMT 419Aviation Maintenance Management3
BSAB 412Airport Planning and Design3
BSAB 415Airline Management3
BSAB 425Trends and Current Problems in Air Transportation3
BSAB 426International Aviation Management3
BSAB 450Airline/Airport Marketing3
Total Credits21

Project Management Major

Project managers who can deliver desired results on time and on budget are a valuable business resource. Learners who choose this major are often interested in pursuing project manager, lead, or coordinator positions with aviation-related and non-aviation related organizations.

This major combines theory and techniques used by professional project management practitioners in a digital global environment to allow students to develop the skills to effectively lead and manage complex projects.
The project management major teaches knowledge and skills to help participate in and lead the management of a variety of project types.

The degree includes instruction on a variety of project management-related topics, including the nine project management knowledge areas and the five processes designated by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The degree is also designed to foster critical thinking, analysis, and communication skills. 

Project Management Major
MGMT 321Aviation/Aerospace Systems Analysis Methods3
MGMT 391Introduction to Project Management3
MGMT 394Information Security Management3
MGMT 424Project Management in Aviation Operations3
MGMT 427Management of the Multicultural Workforce3
MGMT 461Global Project Management3
MGMT 462Project Management Advanced Concepts3
Total Credits21

Management of Information Systems Major

As information systems become more advanced and increasingly global, the need for Information Systems specialists increases as well.  

The Management of Information Systems (MIS) major focuses on the business processes of organizations and the information technology utilized in those organizations.

The program prepares students to learn to design, implement, and maintain effective information systems in organizations. The MIS major is designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for information systems development and support positions.

In conjunction with the Technical Management degree curriculum, this program gives students a foundation for supervising or managing different components of the organization’s information systems.

Graduates of this program may find new opportunities in aviation and non-aviation related fields. MIS jobs, such as business analyst and chief technology officer, are reported to be among the most recession-proof jobs.

Management of Information Systems Major
Select seven of the following:
MGMT 321Aviation/Aerospace Systems Analysis Methods3
MGMT 385Programming Concepts3
MGMT 392Database Management3
MGMT 393Computer Networks3
MGMT 394Information Security Management3
MGMT 422Information Technology Management, Strategy, and Governance3
MGMT 428Business Analytics and Data Intelligence3
MGMT 492Information Systems Project Management3
MGMT 494Aviation Information Systems3
Total Hours21

Information Security Major

The Information Security major is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in Information Systems. The curriculum focuses on addressing these information security needs in the marketplace.

Students completing this program can apply for a broad range of IT-related positions, such as security analyst, security auditor, security consultant, security risk assessor, security manager, information technology manager, information security officer, security trainer, and security systems designer.

Similar to other BSTM majors, the requirements for this major will be 21 credit hours. This major will cover the following areas:

Information Security Major
MGMT 386Fundamentals of Information Systems Security3
Select six of the following:18
MGMT 387Managing Risk in Information Systems3
MGMT 388System Forensics, Investigation, and Response3
MGMT 389Information Assurance and Information Quality3
MGMT 401Information Security Policies3
MGMT 402Legal Issues in Information Security3
MGMT 403IT Audit and Control3
MGMT 404Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning3
Total Hours21

Occupational Safety and Health Major

Creating and maintaining a safe work environment and protecting workers from hazards have become a critical issue in nearly every industry.

The Occupational Safety and Health major was developed to prepare students for supervisory or management positions relating to occupational safety and health in environmental compliance, ergonomics, industrial hygiene and toxicology, construction, fire protection, and systems design.

This program is geared toward students who are seeking new opportunities in the public or private sector, such as service or manufacturing industries, local, state, or federal agencies, and the military.

Occupational Safety and Health Major
SFTY 311Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health3
SFTY 315Environmental Compliance and Safety3
SFTY 321Ergonomics3
SFTY 355Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology3
SFTY 360Construction Safety3
SFTY 365Fire Protection3
SFTY 410Design of Engineering Hazard Controls3
or SFTY 420 Systems Design for Fire & Life Safety
Total Credits21

Engineering Sciences Major

(* See Transfer Credit and Open Electives requirements for Engineering Sciences Major)

The Engineering Sciences major is designed to help students develop a conceptual understanding of engineering, the engineering design process, technology, and technology-related concepts. This major is designed to give students a foundation for supervising or managing with an understanding of engineering tools and concepts.

The Engineering Sciences major requirements must be satisfied by completing courses from the following list as noted.

Engineering Sciences Major
ESCI 105Fundamentals of Engineering3
ENGR 119Graphical Communications2
PHYS 250Physics III for Engineers3
MATH 253Calculus and Analytic Geometry IV3
MATH 345Differential Equations and Matrix Methods4
Select two of the following:
Digital Circuit Design
Solid Mechanics
Fluid Mechanics
Total Hours21
Engineering Sciences Support
PHYS 150Physics I for Engineers3
PHYS 160Physics II for Engineers3
MATH 250Calculus and Analytic Geometry I3
MATH 251Calculus and Analytic Geometry II3
MATH 252Calculus and Analytic Geometry III3
Total Credits15

Facilities and Construction Management Major

The Facilities & Construction Management major will prepare students well for careers in the field because of the varied curriculum that addresses all facets of facilities and construction management. Completing this major qualifies graduates for work in a variety of roles at a construction jobsite.

Facilities and Construction Management Major
MGMT 391Introduction to Project Management3
MGMT 452Construction Estimating & Bidding3
MGMT 453Construction Scheduling & Control3
MGMT 454Facilities Mechanical and Electrical Systems3
MGMT 459Facilities & Construction Capstone3
Electives: (Select 2 courses from the following):
Construction Systems
Economics for Facilities & Construction Managers
Facilities & Construction Safety Systems
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Total Hours21

Human Resources Management Major

The Human Resources Management major was developed for students interested in pursuing careers in Human Resources Management. In addition to preparing students to work in public, private and non-profit sectors, students will be well prepared to obtain leading industry Human Resources certificates and credentials. Graduates in this major can seek employment in both aviation and non-aviation industries as compensation and benefits specialists, recruitment and retention specialists, human resources generalists, and other, related occupations. Human Resources Management is an ever growing field and spans all industry and geographic boundaries. As with the other BSTM majors, the requirements for the Human Resources Management major is 21 credit hours and will involve the following courses:

Human Resources Management Major
MGMT 314Human Resource Management3
MGMT 317Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 324Aviation Labor Relations3
MGMT 427Management of the Multicultural Workforce3
MGMT 482Human Resources Training and Development3
MGMT 483Compensation and Benefits3
MGMT 495Staffing and Workforce Planning3
Total Credits21
See BSTM Program Notes.

BSTM-MSM, MMIS, MSISA 4+1 Program, A Unique Opportunity

The BSTM-MSM,MMIS,MSISA 4+1 program is for exceptional students who are committed to continuing their education through the master's degree. This fast-paced program allows qualifying students the opportunity to complete both the Bachelor of Science in Technical Management  and the Master of Science in Management, Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MMIS), or Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance (MSISA) degree programs in five  academic years.

Students who are accepted in the 4 + 1 program, spend three academic years in undergraduate-level study and then, during their senior year, will take up to three graduate-level courses that will meet the undergraduate 400 level elective and graduate program core  requirements (when a B grade or better is achieved). Upon completion of the BSTM  requirements, students will  be enrolled in graduate school and can complete their degree in one year.  In any graduate course taken by an undergraduate student, a grade  of B or better must be earned. If a grade  of C or F is earned in any of the courses taken in lieu  of 400 level elective credits, the student will be removed from the program and may continue to complete the BSTM  degree only.

Students will use the virtual forms application site to work through the application, recommendation, and approval process.