Microsoft Certified (Solutions) Master

What is "Microsoft Certified (Solutions) Master" (MC(S)M)?

Microsoft masters-level certifications validate the deepest level of product expertise, as well as the ability to design and build the most innovative solutions for complex on-premises, off-premises, and hybrid enterprise environments using Microsoft technologies.

The Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certification program has evolved into the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) certification program to better reflect the broader and deeper skills required to build solutions on-premises or in the cloud. If you’re new to the master-level certification program, we recommend you start by exploring our new MCSM certifications.

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Microsoft had offered five MCM certification for different product versions:

  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft Lync Server
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Windows Server: Directory

Microsoft had offered six MCSM certification independend from product versions:

  • Exchange Server
  • SharePoint
  • Communications
  • SQL
  • Windows Server Directory
  • Windows Advanced Infrastructure

What is "Microsoft Certified Architect" (MCA)?

Distinguish your expertise as one of the highest-achieving professionals in IT. Validate your proficiency as a technology architect who designs and delivers IT solutions for enterprise customers, and technical and leadership skills that surpass those of your peers.

You earn MCA certification by successfully passing the MCA Board exam, which includes a portfolio submission, multiple presentations, and an intensive Q&A with a panel of Microsoft Certified Architects on the MCA Review Board. During the MCA Board exam, you must definitively display the six competencies of business acumen and technological proficiency.

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Microsoft had offered four MCA certifications:

  • MCA: Microsoft Messaging
  • MCA: Microsoft SharePoint
  • MCA: Microsoft SQL Server
  • MCA: Directory Services

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Where is it gone?

Masters certifications retirement

All Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA), and Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) certification exams were retired on January 1, 2014.

Overview

The Microsoft masters-level certifications validate the deepest level of product expertise, in addition to the ability to design and build the most innovative solutions for complex, on-premises and hybrid enterprise environments using Microsoft technologies.

Masters certifications

If you are looking for individuals with the deepest level of technical expertise, who can create solutions using multiple Microsoft technologies, you’re looking for an MCM, MCSM, or MCA. They have validated skills that remain valuable in the industry today and for as long as the technologies they’re certified on are being used in the industry.

If you have earned an MCM, MCSM, or MCA certification, you will continue to hold that certification and will not be required to recertify your credential. You will continue to have access to the logos through the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) site, and your certifications will continue to appear in the appropriate section of your transcript.

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More information

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