Learn the skills you need to help land the career you want

Technology is changing the world in remarkable ways and creating opportunity for people who have the skills that are in highest demand. The Microsoft Professional Program was created to help people gain these technical skills and get real-world experience through a series of online courses that feature hands-on labs and expert instructors. Learning these skills – and proving you have them – could put you on the path to a rewarding career.


Why choose the Microsoft Professional Program?

Develop the skills employers are looking for

  1. Data Science

    8-12 hours per course

    Opportunities for data scientists—one of today's hottest jobs—are rapidly growing in response to the exponential amounts of data being captured and analyzed. Companies hire data scientists to find insights and to solve meaningful business problems.

    View details for the Data Science track
  2. Big Data

    12-30 hours per course

    Designing systems that capture, process, and analyze data is critical for companies in order to have a competitive advantage. This curriculum takes students from their first select statement to orchestrating big data workflows in the cloud.

    View details for the Big Data track
  3. DevOps

    8-16 hours per course

    To support companies to be more agile, the lines between development and operations are becoming increasingly blurred. Through continuous integration and deployment, students will learn how to react to changing market conditions.

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Learn from industry and academic experts

  • Graeme Malcom Graeme Malcom

    Senior Content Developer, Microsoft

  • Gerry O'Brien Gerry O'Brien

    Senior Content Developer, Microsoft

  • Liberty Munson Liberty J. Munson

    Principal Psychometrician and Quality Lead, Microsoft

  • Authman Apatira Authman Apatira

    Lead Instructor, Coding Dojo

  • Stephen Elston Stephen Elston

    Managing Director Quantia Analytics, LLC

  • Cynthia Rudin Cynthia Rudin

    Associate Professor MIT and Duke

Instructors for Microsoft Professional Program courses come from a combination of industry and academia, giving them unique perspective. Not only are they authorities in the technology they teach – many even come from the teams that developed the actual tools – but they also have expert knowledge of the underlying concepts.

Get hands-on experience with the latest tools

It takes more than conceptual knowledge to be effective in today’s top technical jobs—technical skills and real-world experience are critical. The courses in the Microsoft Professional Program feature hands-on labs so you can practice with tools used in the field today. Plus, each course includes assessments to ensure that you have mastered these new skills.

Put your skills to the test

After successfully completing all courses and passing the individual assessments, you will demonstrate what you learned by solving a real-world problem in the final Capstone course.

Frequently asked questions

Question What is the Microsoft Professional Program?

Answer Recognizing a shortage of qualified individuals to fill the growing need for specific job roles, Microsoft Professional Program is a new way to learn the skills and get the hands-on experience these roles require. After passing all courses in the track and completing a final project, individuals earn a digitally sharable, résumé-worthy credential that confirms mastery of these functional and technical skills.

Question Why should I consider participating?

Answer Technology is creating careers that have never existed before. But to be successful in these new job roles, new skills are required. Microsoft Professional Program helps provide students and professionals with real-world knowledge and hands-on experience to grow their skills in these critical technical fields. Featuring rigorous online courses and hands-on labs, students have flexibility to master these skills at their own pace.

Question How do I sign up?

Answer Sign up on the site using a new or existing Microsoft Account. If you would like to enroll in the Microsoft Professional Program, please also enroll in a specific track (e.g. Data Science).