Microsoft Office Applications

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Microsoft Office Applications is designed to increase your knowledge of the concepts and technology trends essential to office productivity applications. You will study the principles, practices, features, and functions of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and communications applications in the Microsoft Office suite, as well as Internet concepts and emerging Web 2.0 technologies. Because the Microsoft Office suite is commonly used in a variety of work environments and professions, the knowledge acquired through this program is applicable to a variety of career options in business, education, technology, medicine, science, and education. This online certificate is intended for undergraduate students who want to expand their knowledge of Microsoft Office applications without committing to a degree program.

Program Courses

After completing this certificate, you may consider pursuing your certification as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in the following areas: Microsoft Office Word 2013, Microsoft Office Excel 2013, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2013, and Microsoft Office Outlook 2013.

The curriculum for this online certificate is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Basic and advanced office productivity applications
  • Microsoft Access database roles, functions, and operations
  • Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Office software integration
  • Web document publishing

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Appraise the impact of the Microsoft Application Suite on IT management as it applies to office productivity, collaboration, and security.
  • Examine and use productivity software such as Microsoft Word to create lists, themes, mail merges, watermarks, templates, graphics, navigation tools, tables, charts, citations and bibliographies.
  • Evaluate and use productivity software such as Microsoft Excel to create and format spreadsheets, manipulate data, and use formulas, charts, conditional logic, graphics, and security features.
  • Examine the functionality of productivity software such as Microsoft PowerPoint to set up presentations, transitions, animations, and timing.
  • Assess the functionalities of Microsoft Access Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) to design and develop a database application that includes user interfaces, form design, data analysis, and data presentation.
  • Appraise the use of productivity software such as Microsoft Outlook to follow up, categorize, set up rules, and program alerts.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.