Microsoft Skills Certificate

Boost your productivity and impact with the Microsoft Skills Certificate. Master essential Microsoft 365 skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), and as part of this certificate program, you will sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist™ (MOS) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, certification exams. Earning industry-recognized certifications makes you stand out in any business environment.

The Microsoft Skills Certificate is stackable, meaning credits earned may be applied towards the Word Processing certificate, Spreadsheet certificate, Administrative Office Skills certificate, Virtual Office Assistant certificate, Administrative Office Technologies certificate, and Administrative Office Technologies AAS.

Contact (815) 455-8690 with specific questions about this program.

(in-district) Total Amount: $3,185.25

Credit Hours to Complete: 17

Weeks to Complete: 32

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What you need to know about getting your Microsoft Skills Certificate (CIP 52.0407)

Total Microsoft Skills Certificate Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $2,065.5 $5,595.55 $7,866.41 $7,866.41
Additional Costs $1,119.75 $1,119.75 $1,119.75 $1,119.75
Program Total $3,185.25 $6,715.3 $8,986.16 $8,986.16

What makes MCC's Microsoft Skills Certificate program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

  • Credits earned in this certificate are stackable towards other AOT certificates and the AOT AAS degree (see above), helping you achieve your educational goals faster, and earning multiple credentials as you go.
  • Students completing this certificate will complete the Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint MOS certification exams - nationally recognized credentials.
  • Many AOT courses have reduced or zero textbook costs, with more courses added each academic year.
  • Classes include course projects common to industry.
  • You may participate in Scots for Non-Profits, volunteering at a local non-profit organization, toward earning graduation Silver Cord hours.
  • You'll learn from educated and experienced faculty who will share their valuable experience, knowledge, and troubleshooting skills with you.

How will MCC's Microsoft Skills Certificate program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

You will learn using current, industry-standard software (Microsoft 365) and train to the current standards in the field and towards certificate exams.

Ask about internships for college credit and job shadowing opportunities!

What have graduates gone on to do?

Students completing this certificate have retooled or refined their skills towards a promotion or advancing or changing careers. Many students have continued with AOT classes towards additional AOT certificates and the AOT AAS degree. Some students have secured a part-time or “stepping-stone” position after certificate completion while working towards the degree.

Other students have completed this certificate purely to obtain their MOS certifications to improve or enhance their skills and knowledge toward excelling in their careers.

Outside of the Classroom

To further your career, you may wish to seek national certification credentials beyond MCC’s certificate and/or degree. Organizations offering certification and/or professional resources for administrative professionals include:

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.