The Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) helps America's heroes secure their futures by preparing for and transitioning to high-skilled technology careers. 

Do you have questions or need more information?

Contact MSSA at 360-688-2417/2392 or

Important information regarding COVID-19 and the MSSA program

MSSA is currently conducting classes remotely through Spring 2021.
The status of any following terms is TBD pending health and safety information, and guidance from Microsoft. 
Applicants should monitor their emails for any updates regarding their selected term.

  • We are conducting classes, professional development, meetings with hiring partners, and job fairs remotely via Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and other methods. 

  • If you are attending the program from a differerent time zone, courseware is scheduled in Pacific Daylight Time (through Oct. 31st) or Pacific Standard Time (starting Nov. 1st).

  • Residence halls are available for any active duty PTDY or veterans who wish to travel to Lacey WA for the program. Please note that this will not provide any additional job search or networking advantage over participants attending remotely from other locations. 

  • Prerequistes remain the same. Be aware that Pearson VUE is only scheduling tests remotely for the MTA at this time. Please plan your exam at least five days prior to the term deadline to allow processing time to recieve your certificate.

Program highlights

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  • Accelerated, full-time 16-week program
  • Includes academic and technical training, certification testing and practical exercises to meet urgent Information Technology industry needs
  • ​​Successful completion results in a certificate in computer science and a job interview with Microsoft
  • Open to: veterans, guard, reserve​ and active duty service members with separation or retirement dates of 180 days or less from class start date

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Learning paths

  • Cloud Application Development (CAD)

    Become a C# programmer to build local, server-based and cloud-stored applications. 

    Concepts include:

    • Database programming
    • Data integration and manipulation
    • C# application programming with MVC
    • C# application development in Azure

    Saint Martin's credit will be awarded for the following courses:

    • CSC 160 - Computing Technologies 
    • CSC 205 - Programming in C# 
    • CSC 305 - SQL and Application Development                
    • CSC 390 - Developing ASP.NET Web Applications  
    • CSC 440 - Azure Application Development 
    • CSC 457 - Developing Cloud Solutions  

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  • Server & Cloud Administration (SCA)

    Become a systems administrator who can install, configure, manage and advance the usage of IT resources on premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid combination to meet the technology needs of major organizations. 

    Concepts include:

    • Windows Server workloads, networking, authentication and authorization
    • Cloud models
    • Azure administration

    Saint Martin's credit will be awarded for the following courses:

    • CSC 160 - Computing Technologies 
    • CSC 330 - Networking and Server Fundamentals 
    • CSC 331 - Windows Server Configuration and Management
    • CSC 332 - Configuring Advanced Windows Server Services 
    • CSC 456 - Configuring and Deploying Cloud Technologies
    • CSC 495 - ST: Cloud Architect

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Program information

  • Program eligibility

    Open to: 

    • Service members meeting criteria for Skillbridge in DoDI 1322.29
    • Veterans with an honorable and general under honorable conditions discharge
    • National Guard
    • Reservists

    Not open to:

    • Military spouses
    • Dependents
    • Veterans with less than an honorable discharge
    • Civilians without military service
  • Academic calendar

    Important dates for the upcoming cohorts: 

    Fall 2020

    • Tracks: Server & Cloud Administration and Cloud Application Development
    • Admissions deadline: 14 August (date all prerequisites met and packet complete)
    • Start date: 1 September
    • End date: 18 December

    Spring 2021

    • Tracks: Server & Cloud Administration and Cloud Application Development
    • Admissions deadline: 3 January (date all prerequisites met and packet complete)
    • Start date: 12 January
    • End date: 7 May

    Summer 2021

    • Tracks: Server & Cloud Administration and Cloud Application Development
    • Admissions deadline: 1 May (date all prerequisites met and packet complete)
    • Start date: 11 May
    • End date: 20 August​

    Fall 2021

    • Tracks: Server & Cloud Administration and Cloud Application Development
    • Admissions deadline: TBD (date all prerequisites met and packet complete)
    • Start date: TBD
    • End date: TBD
  • Tuition & books


    • Saint Martin’s is a Yellow Ribbon school 
    • MSSA is eligible for full time VA Benefits
    • MSSA uses four (4) months of GI Bill Benefits
    • MSSA is not eligible for FAFSA
    • Scholarships are available for those with partial or no outside funding 
    • MSSA tuition rate is the same as the Full-time Undergraduate tuition rate


    • MSSA Class Pack approximately $500 (required purchase first week of course)
    • MSSA is eligible for $750 GI Bill book stipend

    GI Bill

    Prior to the orientation you will need to compete the following:

    If you have any questions, please contact the MSSA VA Certifier is Mercedes Garrido at or (253) 584-4149

  • Residence halls
    • Rooms are available free of charge for PTDY Service Members 
    • PTDY students are housed in double rooms in Baran Hall
    • Non PTDY and Veterans are welcome to stay in the Residence Halls, see Room Rates for costs
    • Veterans using Post 911 GI Bill are eligible for GI Bill BAH benefit
    • MSSA students wanting to stay on campus must submit a Residence Hall Application

Application process

  • Step two: Proof of service

    This is required to prove your eligibility for the MSSA program. Your application will not move forward until this step is completed.

    Upload your proof of service to your MSSA application.

    Proof of service is DD-214 for Veterans or SRB/ERB/SURF depending on your branch of service for active duty.

  • Step three: Transcripts
    • The university requires unofficial transcripts to verify the math prerequiste. If you do not have a college-level math credit, proceed to step four.
    • We do not need transcripts from every school attended, only transcripts where you have attended and received an intermediate algebra or equivalent credit to meet the math prerequisite. 
    • Unofficial transcripts must be sent directly from the school you attended to Saint Martin’s University.  

    Email transcripts to:


    Mail transcripts to: 
    Saint Martin’s University
    Attn: Admissions
    PO Box 33058
    JBLM-Main, WA 98433

  • Step four: Math prerequisite

    Saint Martin's University MTH 101—Intermediate Algebra is the math prerequisite.

    MSSA Admissions will evaluate your transcripts to determine if you meet the math prerequisite. If you do not meet the prerequisite you can take the MSSA math placement exam or you can take a math course that meets this prerequisite. If you plan to take the math course with a school other than Saint Martin's, email the school name and course number to to verify the class meets the prerequisite.

    Math placement exam: 

    • Ensure you study prior to taking the math placement exam as you only get one chance
    • You will receive the link and instructions for the math placement exam via email once you submit your MSSA application

    Important: Students applying for the MSSA program take the math placement exam at a different web location than regular undergraduates.  If you fail to use the correct link, your math placement exam scores will be invalid.

  • Step five: Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exam

    Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification prerequisite

    Once you submit your application and upload your proof of service, Saint Martin’s University will provide you with resources to prepare for the MTA exam and a voucher code to take the MTA exam.

    Which MTA exam is required:

    • Cloud Application Development (CAD): MTA 98-361 - Software Development Fundamentals
    • Server & Cloud Administration (SCA): MTA 98-366 - Network Fundamentals, or valid CompTIA Net+ or Sec+ certification

    MTA exam registration instructions

    Pearson VUE is only scheduling tests remotely for the MTA at this time.
    Please plan your exam at least five days prior to the term deadline to allow processing time to recieve your certificate.

    Read the MTA registration guidelines

    Upload MTA certificate

    Upload your MTA certificate to your MSSA application.

    Can't find your certificate? Log in to your dashboard and view certificates.

    Failed MTA Exam

    Saint Martin's will only issue one voucher code per student. If you do not pass the exam check with your local library; sometimes they have MTA exam vouchers, or you can pay out of pocket. The exam cost is approximately $127.

  • Step six: Pre-program interview

    After all other prerequisites are met, the final step is the pre-program interview. MSSA routinely has more applicants than seats in the class; you will receive a seat in the class once the pre-program interview is completed and you receive the official acceptance letter.

  • Active duty applicants

    If you are on active duty, applying to the MSSA program is a two-pronged process:

    1) You must submit an application through Saint Martin's MSSA webpage

    2) You must contact the Career Skills Program (CSP)


    Active duty service members stationed at JBLM must attend the CSP briefing to begin the command approval process.

    CSP briefings:
    Every Monday at 12 p.m.

    Hawk Transition Center
    Building 11577
    North Fort, JBLM WA

    Contact JBLM CSP representatives:
    253-966-2200 or 253-477-4743

    Navy, Puget Sound Region

    Request the required Skillbridge Participant Application from your Command Career Counselors, the Fleet and Family Support center, or download at the Navylifepnw website.

    For questions about the Skilbridge application process, contact the Regional Work and Family Life Coordinator, Britt Feldman at or 360-315-5170.

    Other locations

    For service members not located at JBLM, contact your local CSP representative to initiate the process. If you do not have a local CSP representative, contact the JBLM CSP team at

    Permissive Temporary Duty (PTDY)

    PTDY is authorized for service members to attend the MSSA CSP program at JBLM. Saint Martin’s has free residence halls available for PTDY service members attending the MSSA.

  • Residence hall application

    If you wish to stay in the residence halls while attending the MSSA program, you must complete the online application.

    Note: MSSA students must use this link; please do not use residence hall application links found on other Saint Martin’s web pages. There is a $200 refundable security deposit required for students staying on campus.

    MSSA residence hall application

    Note: MSSA students are not required to purchase meal plans.

    Housing and dining

    The Saint Martin's Student Handbook outlines housing and residence life policies and procedures.

    Student handbook