Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA)

Certificates

Embry-Riddle’s Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) Certificates provides you the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities you’ll need to kick-start your career in Applied Information Technologies.  Three different Certificates let you choose between three major areas of IT – Server and Cloud Systems, Cloud Applications Develoment, and Cybersecurity – all of which are in high demand by employers in almost every business, industry or government activity.

This is an intensive, full-time, daytime program of study spanning two 9-week terms, and is only offered at select US military base locations or in their communities.

As a member of an MSSA Server & Cloud Administrator cohort, you’ll take five 3-credit undergraduate courses and one math course* to complete the Certificate.  Laboratories, exercises, team activities and individual projects give you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your systems, network and server deployment, sustainment and management skills.  Along the way, you’re preparing to study for the rigorous Microsoft Certified Professional Exams that are associated with the program.

MSSA cohort students are also eligible for additional professional development, mentoring and other career-enhancing services, direct from Microsoft – including the possibility of a job interview with Microsoft or one of its Technology Partner companies.

Check out https://worldwide.erau.edu/mssa to see which military locations or off-base campuses are offering which MSSA specializations with the Certificate as an option.

The MSSA program is open to active duty US military personnel about to be honorably discharged from service, and to honorably discharged military veterans.

*Math 106, equivalent, or higher required, unless students demonstrate higher math skills via their math assessment exam.

Note: Certificate programs are not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

Server and Cloud Administrator
Certificate

Server and Cloud Administrator
ISTA 230Network Fundamentals for Server Systems3
ISTA 330Identity and Access Control for Server Systems3
ISTA 332Advanced Server Systems Management3
ISTA 430Topics in IT Systems Administration3
ISTA 432Building Azure Infrastructures3
*MATH 106, or equivalent, if required by student’s math skills assessment exam results3*
Total Credits15-18

Cloud Applications Developer
Certificate

Cloud Applications Developer
ISTA 220Programming Fundamentals in C#3
ISTA 322Developing ASP.NET Web Applications3
ISTA 420SQL and Application Development3
ISTA 421Developing Cloud Applications3
ISTA 422Deploying Apps in Azure3
*MATH 106, or equivalent, if required by student’s math skills assessment exam results3*
Total Credits15-18

Cybersecurity Administrator
Certificate

(Not currently available for enrollment)

Cybersecurity Administrator
ISTA 240Network and Systems Internals for Cybersecurity3
ISTA 340Identity and Access for Cybersecurity3
ISTA 345Systems Security Policies and Practices3
ISTA 440Information Systems Vulnerabilities and Hardening3
ISTA 445Cyber Incident Investigation & Resolution3
*MATH 106, or equivalent, if required by student’s math skills assessment exam results3*
Total Credits15-18

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