Classes are held in Pacific Standard Time (PST) and Central Standard Time (CST)
May 6-Sept. 6, 2024 | Apply between Dec. 4-18, 2023
Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) provides transitioning service members and veterans with critical technical and career skills required for today’s growing technology industry.
MSSA couples technical curriculum with professional skills training—so program graduates are equipped with the comprehensive knowledge to be competitive for entry-level technical roles throughout the IT industry.
Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) is a full-time, 17-week technical training program leading to in-demand careers in cloud development, cloud administration, and related fields. Our proven training model incorporates live instruction, hands-on virtual labs, real-life application scenarios, and opportunities to obtain industry-recognized certifications to prepare our participants for rewarding tech jobs in any industry.
MSSA is suited to participants looking to transition into IT from another profession, those with little knowledge but much passion about IT, and those returning to the industry after a long period of absence. Participants learn the foundational tools to succeed in fields aligned to our learning paths.
In addition to technical curriculum, Microsoft partners with participants in career planning, professional skills-building, and job search strategies. MSSA participants who successfully complete all aspects of MSSA are guaranteed an interview with Microsoft or referral for interview with an MSSA hiring partner.
MSSA participants elect to specialize in Cybersecurity Operations (CSO), Cloud Application Development (CAD) or Server and Cloud Administration (SCA). Our curriculum combines Upon completion of MSSA training, participants have a pathway to achieve Microsoft certifications aligned to their learning path—and put them to use with direct hiring opportunities with Microsoft or some of our 1,000+ hiring partners.
Being successful and confident in military career transition takes more than just technical know-how. As a participant you’ll get an all-up education in translating your unique experience and passions for a business audience. MSSA provides participants opportunities to engage with professional and technical mentors working at Microsoft.
At the end of 17 weeks, you’ll have a resume, an elevator pitch, the networking and interview skills to get the job—and negotiate your compensation. You’ll also have opportunities to interview with some of the many companies and organizations who look to MSSA for veteran talent.
Community is integral to what we do and offer at Military Affairs. Learn about our community’s experiences, insights, and advice about finding your footing in tech and military transition.
Desi — USCG, software engineer
Dhananjay — USA, software engineering manager
Jessica — USN, program manager
Johnny — USMC, security technical program manager
Sometimes it takes a few tries to land the right job. We’re invested in your successful career transition. Stay in touch—our network offers career services and support long after your cohort’s graduation.
MSSA is available to military veterans and retirees, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve members, and military service members within six months of separation or retirement. To be a good fit for MSSA, there are a few more boxes to check off before applying.
Virtual briefs are held the first Tuesday of each month on Microsoft Teams. Attendees can ask questions and get the most current information available.
Detailed program information—including eligibility, prerequisites, docmentation requirements, and application timelines—are available in our program FAQs.
We are invested in the success of each of our participants. Experience has shown that certain factors make otherwise eligible applicants unlikely to fully benefit from the time investment MSSA participation requires. Review the factors listed here and be sure that MSSA is a good fit for you before applying, and especially before investing time preparing for materials cutoff.
Our newest program offers US service members and veterans across the European region an opportunity to learn in Central European Time (CET).
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How to apply
Submit basic information during the application window to initiate your application. Once your eligibility is confirmed, you’ll need to submit critical documents by the materials cutoff deadline.
Cohort dates and application windows