mcsd certification logoMCSD certification demonstrates the skills to design and build software applications.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developers use modern programming and scripting languages - including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, C# and .Net - to develop web and mobile applications that meet a range of business needs. Skill sets validated by MCSD certifications revolve around numerous popular Microsoft technology platforms, including Azure, Office, Windows, Visual Studio and SharePoint.

MCSD certifications can help you get hired and advance your career in IT positions like web developer, software engineer, and mobile application developer.

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MCSD Certifications List

MCSD: App Builder

In March of 2017, Microsoft retired all of its other MCSD certifications to focus on the new, highly flexible MCSD: App Builder credential. Essentially, this certificate proves you have the expertise to build software systems and applications in both Microsoft and non-Microsoft environments.


Before sitting for the required MCSD exam(s), you must first earn these Microsoft certifications:

  • MCSA: Web Applications
  • MCSA: Universal Windows Platform

Required Exams:

After earning the prerequisite MCSA certifications, candidates must pass ONE of the following exams to become a certified MCSD: App Builder:

  • Exam 70-534 | Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • Exam 70-355 | Universal Windows Platform – App Data, Services, and Coding Patterns
  • Exam 70-532 | Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • Exam 70-487 | Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services
  • Exam 70-488 | Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
  • Exam 70-489 | Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions
  • Exam 70-354 | Universal Windows Platform – App Data, Services, and Coding Patterns
  • Exam 70-496 | Administering Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server
  • Exam 70-497 | Software Testing with Visual Studio
  • Exam 70-498 | Delivering Continuous Value with Visual Studio Application Lifestyle Management

MCSD Certification Salary

Average Salary for Microsoft Certified Professionals:

  • MOS: Microsoft Office Specialist: $53,000
  • MTA: Microsoft Technology Associate: $55,000
  • MCDST: Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician: $57,000
  • MCSA: Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: $59,000
  • MCSA: Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: $73,000
  • MCT: Microsoft Certified Trainer: $80,000
  • MCTS: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: $84,000
  • MCITP: Microsoft Certified IT Professional: $90,000
  • MCSE: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: $91,000
  • MCPD: Microsoft Certified Professional Developer: $94,000
  • MCDBA: Microsoft Certified Database Administrator: $96,000
  • MCAD: Microsoft Certified Application Developer: $97,000
  • MCSE: Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: $97,000
  • MCSD: Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: $100,000
  • MCA: Microsoft Certified Architect: $113,000

Average salary by Microsoft certification class.

MCSD Training

Browse accredited online courses, certificates and degree programs that align with MCSD certification.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science: Software Engineering

  • Gain the Expertise to Pursue Sought-After Roles in Web and Mobile Application Development
  • Full Stack Software Design and Engineering
  • Build Systems Architectures to Meet Business Needs
  • Design UIs for Embedded, Cloud & Mobile Systems
  • Analyze and Design Data Structures & Algorithms
  • Cybersecurity Tools & Techniques ft. Secure Coding

Bachelor of Science in Software Development

  • Cross-Platform Application Development Training
  • User Interface (UI) & User Experience (UX) Design
  • Software Testing, Security and Quality Assurance
  • Learn Marketable Languages inc. Java & Javascript
  • Advanced Data Modeling and Database Development
  • Manage Software Projects with Agile Best Practices
  • Transfer Previous College Credit to Lower Tuition

Master's in Technology Management

  • Prepare to Lead Personnel and Use Emerging Technologies to Achieve Organizational Goals
  • Choose from courses such as:
    • Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
    • Cyber Security Threats & Vulnerabilities
    • Managing Diverse Organizations in a Flat World
    • Cloud Computing and Virtualization
    • Cryptography & Network Security
    • Computer Systems Analysis
  • No GRE or GMAT Required for Admission
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