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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, technology, medicine, science, and education. 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.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

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 AMU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the AMU 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 AMU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or

Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour:

$285 | $250 with military grant*

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*To minimize out-of-pocket costs, active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour. In addition, a master's-level book grant provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for master's-level courses to active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists.

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

University Book Grant

Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The university book grant is estimated to save full-time students $1,200 per year.*

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

AMU 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.

*According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.