What is the MSDN Academic Alliance?

The MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) is an annual membership program for technical departments in the area of computer science, engineering and information systems. As a member, MSCS department receives an MSDNAA subscription for the Microsoft platform, servers, and developer tools software. This software may be installed on any number of departmental lab machines. The software must be used for instructional and research purposes. In addition, the department's faculty, staff, students taking at least one credit course offered by the MSCS department may check-out or download the software to install on their personal computers.

The two primary reasons that the department registered in this program are:

  1. To make it easier and less expensive for you to obtain Microsoft developer tools, platforms, and servers for instructional and research purposes
  2. Build a community of instructors who can share curriculum and other learning resources to support the use of these technologies.

How do I know whether I am eligible?

If you have an ACTIVE MSCS account, you should be able to benefit from this program. If you don’t have a MSCS account, you need to contact your professor about having an account setup for you.

What is ELMS?

The e-academy License Management System (ELMS) is a comprehensive solution for departments engaged in the lifecycle management of software assets on campus. As the MSDNAA member, there is no charge for accessing to ELMS for automated distribution of software and product keys.

What is the user name and password for my account on ELMS?

Your username is your mscs email address. The email address must be entered in the form of Email addresses in the form of or are not valid. Your initial password was sent to your mscs email account when your account was generated. You can change your password by doing the following steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in by using your username and your old password.
  3. After you log in, click MY PROFILE button on the left.
  4. Click Change my password.
  5. Type your old password, new password. Then click Submit button.
  6. You will get a confirmation email in your mscs email account.

What should I do if I never knew, or have forgotten my password?

You can check the account information you received when your mscs account was first created. If you changed your MSCS MSDNAA password, no longer have or never received the original account information, you can do the following steps to check your MSCS MSDNAA password:

  1. Click LOG IN button on the left.
  2. Enter your username. Your username is always your mscs email address.
  3. In Login help, click the button in I've forgotten my password! section for a reminder.
  4. Check your mscs email to get your account information.

If you fail to receive your password by email after following the above steps, please contact your system administrator.

How can I get software?

First you go to You must login before you are able to get the software. Once logged in you may select the product that you want to check out, purchase, or download from the products page. Click the software you want. You will be taken to the page that gives you multiple choices. You can choose CD Check-out, Media: Mail Order/ Shipping, or Download. After you choose the way you get the software, click Get it button. Whenever you check out, purchase, download, reserve, or return the software, the system will send you a notification email to your mscs email account. You are strongly recommended to choose the download option. If you check out a CD, please call 414-288-1580 to make an appointment for pickup. You must return it by the due date specified on the page when you check out the software. You must return it by the due date, or your account will be blocked.

What software can I currently check out?

Currently, you can check out the following software:

The above list will be updated irregularly. Please come back to check the recently updated software available for check out.

What software can I currently download from the MSDN Academic Alliance?

Currently, you can download the following software from Internet:

The above list will be updated irregularly. Please come back to check the recently updated software available for download.

What software can I currently purchase and what is the cost?

Currently, you can purchase the following software:

Each software includes one CD. The license gives you the right to install the product on one computer.

When a student purchases a product under this program, the product becomes the property of the student. The product will not terminate or expire simply by virtue of the termination, suspension or other interruption of the student's status as an enrolled student.

Each student is limited to ONE copy of each product.

The above list will be updated irregularly. Please come back to check the recently updated software available for purchase.

Can I install my software on two computers at once?

No, you are limited to one installation only. If you have more than one computer i.e. home computer and laptop or work computer, you will need to choose on which one you'd like the use the software. Keep in mind as well that friends, family and colleagues who are not enrolled in a course in a department that subscribes to the MSDNAA Program are not allowed to access or use the software available from this website.

I have a new computer now, how can I re-install my software?

You must contact your program administrator in order to re-install.

If my download times out or I get disconnected, how do I continue my software download and installation?

If you were in the middle of downloading the software itself, there will be a shortcut icon saved on your desktop that will allow you to resume your download. Double-click on the icon to begin again. If you don't see the shortcut icon on your computer desktop, you can use the "Request Re-Install" function in the support section.

What should I do if I don't receive an email containing the serial number for the software?

If your software requires a serial number and you do not receive a confirmation email containing the serial number for the software, log in to your MSDN account and click on "my software." You will see a complete list of the software you have downloaded/checked out. To retrieve the serial number click on the link next to the name of the software you want to install.



Summer Research Experience

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science hosts a Summer Research Experience (REU) for Undergraduates. This program provides undergraduates with an intensive, faculty-mentored, summer research experience in the areas of applied mathematics, high-performance computing, statistics, ubiquitous systems and mathematics education. Learn more