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

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

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) Overview briefing

Learning paths

  • Cloud Application Development

    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

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    To ensure program success, we expect you to begin with a fundamental understanding of the technology taught in your cohort. We require current Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification as a prerequisite for this learning path. Take the online MTA Software Development Fundamentals Training to gain an introductory level of understanding of programming concepts required for this program.

  • Server & Cloud Administration (Network Administration)

    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

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    To ensure program success, we expect you to begin with a fundamental understanding of the technology taught in your cohort. There are two options to meet this prerequisite for entrance into the MSSA program:

    A) A current Microsoft Networking Fundamentals Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification meets the prerequisite for this learning path. To gain certification, take the MTA Networking Fundamentals Training to understand the basics of networking and the different workloads that define a comprehensive network infrastructure.


    B) A current CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ certification also meets the prerequisite options for this learning path.

Program information

  • Academic calendar

    MSSA program starts new cohorts three times per year:

    • Spring (January)
    • Summer (May)
    • Fall (September)

    Important dates for the upcoming cohorts:

    Spring 2019 - session one

    • Tracks: Server & Cloud Administrator and Cloud Application Developer
    • Admissions deadline: Dec. 19 (date all prerequisites met and packet complete)
    • Start date: Jan. 15
    • End date: May 10

    Spring 2019 - session two

    Tracks: Cleared Talent Cloud Application Developer
    Additional prerequisite: Top Secret Clearance or Secret Clearance with SSBI investigation type
    Admissions deadline: March 5 (date all prerequisites met and packet complete)
    Start date: March 19
    End date: July 3

    Summer 2019 

    • Track: Server & Cloud Administrator
    • Admissions deadline: April 23 (date all prerequisites met and packet complete)
    • Start date: May 14
    • End date: Aug. 23

    Fall 2019

    • Tracks: Server & Cloud Administrator and Cloud Application Developer
    • Admissions deadline: Aug. 6 (date all prerequisites met and packet complete)
    • Start date: Aug. 27
    • End date: Dec. 13 
  • Campus locations

    MSSA has two campuses:

    Stone Education Center
    JBLM, WA 98433

    Saint Martin's University
    5000 Abbey Way SE
    Lacey, WA 98503 

    MSSA applicants must be prepared to attend at the location specified by Saint Martin’s. The location will be determined by the University based on the cohort size and number of cohorts conducted during the semester.

    Both locations will conduct classes Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some sessions may run later depending on class projects and assignments. Classrooms are also open on Mondays for students to work on labs.


  • Step 2. Request Official College Transcripts.

    Please request official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended. You will not be admitted to Saint Martin’s until the Office of Admission receives all your official transcripts.

    Mail transcripts to: 

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

    Or email transcripts to

  • Step 3. Complete the Math 101 Prerequisite.

    Saint Martin University’s Math 101—Intermediate Algebra is a prerequisite for courses in the program.

    Your transcripts will be evaluated to determine if you meet the math prerequisite. If not, you can either take the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy at Saint Martin’s online math placement exam, or you can take a math class that meets this prerequisite. If you chose to take a math class, email the school name and course number to to verify the class meets the prerequisite. 

    Once you complete the online application, you will receive instructions on how to take the MSSA Math Placement Exam.

    NOTE: 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 website, your math placement exam scores will be invalidated, and you will be required to take any future math placement exams in a proctored environment on campus at predetermined times.

  • For active duty applicants

    If you are on active duty, you must also contact the Career Skills Program (CSP).

    JBLM: Active duty students must attend the CSP briefing held every Monday at 12 p.m. in building 3271, 2nd Division Drive, Lewis Main. MSSA representatives are present to answer question and CSP representatives to determine your eligibility for the program. Contact JBLM CSP representatives at or 253-966-2200 or 253-477-4743.

    Other locations: The Army has authorized service members not stationed at JBLM to attend the Saint Martin’s MSSA program while on Permissive Temporary Duty (PTDY). Saint Martin’s University has accommodations available for the duration of the program. Contact your local CSP representative to initiate the process; if your location does not have a CSP representative, please contact the JBLM CSP team.

  • For applicants wishing to stay in campus dorms

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

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

    MSSA dorm application

    Find information about dorms and meal plans.

    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