Microsoft Operating Systems Postbaccalaureate Certificate Online

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Program at a Glance

  • Focus on key IT areas including PC configuration and maintenance, desktop administration, network administration, and Active Directory configuration.
  • Explore Microsoft operating systems and gain proficiency in these systems.
  • Use your Microsoft operating systems training to prepare for various Microsoft certification exams.
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Microsoft Operating Systems Postbaccalaureate Certificate Overview

A dominant player in the personal computer market, Microsoft has approximately 88% of the desktop/laptop market share of client operating systems.* 

Our Microsoft Operating System online courses can help you gain a practical understanding of how computer hardware and operating systems work. The curriculum includes:

  • Installing, configuring, and administering a desktop operating system
  • Administering network operating systems and troubleshooting methods for data transmission and recovery
  • Implementing server management, user account creation, file access, storage backup, and security settings
  • Performing administrative tasks such as network service and Active Directory installation and configuration, group policy design and configuration, and network security configuration

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.

Prepare for Certification

Earning a certificate in Microsoft operating systems can help you prepare for various Microsoft certification exams.

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Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required to enroll. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

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  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

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  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

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  • Grants

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  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

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  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

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  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

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  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

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What Courses Will I Take?

Curriculum in this program focuses on technical skills and knowledge that can be applied to an entry-level position working with Microsoft operating systems.

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Sample Courses
  • Information Technology Concepts
  • Networking Concepts
  • Windows Administration
  • Windows Enterprise Administration

Program Requirements

  • Major Credits
  • Total Credits

Career Opportunities

Our Microsoft Operating Systems Postbaccalaureate Certificate program can prepare you with the specialized knowledge and training to pursue an entry-level position working with a variety of Microsoft operating systems.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Systems Analysis
  3. Active Learning
  4. Active Listening
  5. Judgement and Decision Making

Top Jobs With this Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 100% IT faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 36% IT faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Advanced and Doctoral Degrees: Statistics include all Purdue Global IT faculty members. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, May 2022.
Publications and Development Hours: Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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*Operating System Market Share, Net Applications, November 2017,

Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.