Microsoft Certification

Microsoft® Office certification is globally recognized as the standard for demonstrating desktop skills with the Microsoft Office suite of business applications. Microsoft Office certification is required for all business majors.

Microsoft Office certification requirements help students develop advanced skills to fill the demand for qualified, knowledgeable students and workers in today's classroom and workplace.

Microsoft Requirements

PowerPoint 2016 and Excel 2016 must be passed in order to gain admission to the Neeley School. PowerPoint 2016 and Excel 2016 must be completed the first year by the published deadline dates. 

Excel is a pre-requisite for INSC 20153. 

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Testing Schedule / Registration

  • The tests are offered on weekdays only. Students must sign up through their account, Helpful Links, Microsoft Test/Prep. Read the add/drop policy carefully.
  • You must sign up once for each test.
  • Each test takes approximately 50 minutes.
  • Upon completion of the exams you will receive your results immediately, along with a printed score report.
  • Prep classes are offered on a weekly basis. Students must sign up through their account, Helpful Links, Microsoft Test/Prep. Read the add/drop policy carefully.
  • Click here for a how to sign up for Microsoft test and prep video.


  • $75.00 per test attempted.
  • $125.00 for each prep class. (A prep class may be retaken at no charge within 30 days of the originally attended prep class date should you fail the related test. Retakes must be schedule through the Neeley Certification office.)
  • If you do not show up at your allotted testing time, you will be billed for the test. Contact us at 817-257-5220 no less than 48 hours before your test time if you cannot make it to your test appointment.
  • Financial assistance may be requested by contacting Lynn Muller, Assistant Dean Undergraduate Programs and will be considered on a case by case basis. Resources are limited and documentation of financial need should be provided.

Special Accommodations and Military Reimbursement

  • Documentation must be provided from a physician detailing the extent of your disability and requirements for accommodation. Contact us at 817-257-5220 for additional information.
  • Individuals may be eligible for military reimbursement for Microsoft Office certification exam fees. For more information, contact VA Education Customer Service at 888-442-4551.

Other Testing Centers

  • If you want to take your exams outside of the TCU area, visit and click on Find a Testing Center to locate a testing center in your area. Contact the Neeley Certification Department at 817-257-5220 for instruction on submitting your online MOS transcript if you complete the requirements away from TCU.

Neeley Computer Policy

The Neeley School of Business prides itself on providing a first class education that prepares students for success when they enter the world of business. Part of this means being acutely aware of what employers are looking for when our students graduate. While there are many computer options available on the market, we have found that the majority of companies and businesses continue to operate on a PC platform. In addition, many of the business school textbooks are also written exclusively for a PC.

Because of these key factors, the Neeley School of Business will now be requiring all students to have a PC laptop or notebook computer. Please understand that an Apple/Mac computer with PC software is not the same as a computer based on a PC platform (e.g. Dell, Samsung, etc.) as students will notice critical differences in keystrokes and other functions that are taught in class.

Please review the chart below to view the recommended minimum PC laptop or notebook requirements:

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Windows 10

Productivity Tools

Microsoft Office:
Office 365 or Office 2016 Access to Microsoft online and ability to download and install Microsoft for free  

Processor Type

MINIMUM:  Core i5 Processor
RECOMMENDED:   Core i7 Processor


MINIMUM:            8 GB RAM

Hard Drive

MINIMUM:            250 GB
RECOMMENDED:   250 or 500 GB SSD (Solid State Drive)

Virus and Spyware Protection Software

Sophos Antivirus is provided by the University. For software and instructions please visit  A free version of Sophos is available for all students and can be downloaded from