Developer Academic Alliance Usage Guidelines

Note: The usage rights of the Developer Academic Alliance (Developer AA) Membership remain the same as they were when the program was known as MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) Membership.

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Students who are currently enrolled in at least one course in the member department may install the software on their personal computers. Students who are in a member department but are not currently enrolled in courses that lead to credit or a certificate are not eligible to obtain Developer AA software for their personal computers.
An organization that has Faculty and/or Students currently teaching or taking one or more Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) courses may purchase a Developer AA Membership and distribute Developer AA software to the current STEM Faculty and Students within their organization

Departments considered STEM will have a core area of study aligning to the items listed here.
An organization that has Faculty and/or Students teaching or taking Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) courses may purchase an Developer AA Membership but MAY NOT distribute Developer AA software to any members of their organization who are not currently enrolled in one or more STEM courses.

Departments that do not offer a core area of study aligning to the items listed here do not qualify for the Developer Academic Alliance subscription.
The tools and technologies provided through the Developer AA subscription may be used exclusively for academic instruction, academic projects, and non-commercial research only. The software that is part of the membership may not be used for any IT infrastructure or administration purposes at the Developer AA member’s school, university, foundation, or organization.
All users of software provided through Developer AA are prohibited from using Developer AA software for commercial purposes.  Any product created with Developer AA software may be offered or used commercially only after the purchase of appropriate commercial licenses of any and all software products used during the product’s creation.
Departmental faculty members as well as staff directly involved in administering dedicated Developer AA systems and providing support for Developer AA software may install the software on their personal computers. Department, Faculty, or Staff members who are not directly involved with teaching or system administration related to Developer AA may not install the software on their personal computers.
Microsoft Windows may only be installed to facilitate the use of other Developer AA software and technologies such as Microsoft Visual Studio for instruction or research. Windows client operating systems obtained as part of the Developer AA program may not be used only as a terminal for accessing a UNIX telnet server. Windows Server operating systems obtained via the Membership may not be used to host an e-mail server even if the e-mail software was purchased separately.
The underlying Microsoft Windows desktop operating system may only be installed on new or replacement PCs acquired without an operating system for exclusive use by students or faculty enrolled in or employed by the member Department or organization; it is not transferable and must be removed if the PC is transferred. The underlying Microsoft Windows desktop operating system may not be installed on new or replacement PCs acquired without an operating system for use by non-member Departments or organizations; it may not be transferred to non-member Departments or organizations, even if that PC is retired or no longer in use by the member Department or organization.
Multiple departments in an institution may purchase Developer AA if each department meets the qualifying requirements. Software that is part of the program may not be shared with non-member departments. However, it may be installed on shared labs for use by member department students only.  If member department students cease to use the shared labs the software must be removed.
Member departments may install Developer AA software on all machines owned by their department. Member Departments should not install Developer AA software on Departmental machines with the intent of transferring them to a Non-Developer AA department.  If a machine with Developer AA software is transferred to a non-member Department, the Developer AA software must first be removed.  All software obtained through Developer AA is covered by the Developer AA Supplemental License regardless of where the software is installed. Organizations and Departments that provide software to faculty and students should not install Developer AA software on shared machines unless they feel that they can enforce the License.
The designated program administrator must be an employee of the member department or organization and is responsible for administering, managing, and enforcing the guidelines set by the MSDN End-User License Agreement (EULA) and the MSDNAA Supplemental License. The designated program administrator (PA) for the member department may not be a student or someone not employed by the department or organization. However, students may help the PA administer the program.
Every copy of the software must be a true and complete copy and it must include all copyright and trademark notices. All software made available must include all of the files on the media. The software provided by Developer AA may not be sold, rented, leased, or transferred to any third party including contractors, consultants, other companies, and other department personnel. This includes entities projects.
The program administrator must authorize any access to the Subscribers Area of the MSDNAA Web site by other faculty members with the department.  Only qualified members may have access to Developer AA product keys. The program administrator (PA) may not allow any other faculty members or students to place orders for additional product keys via the Subscribers Area of the MSDNAA Web site.  Developer AA product keys may not be sold, distributed, traded or given to anyone outside the qualified department or organization.
If a department decides not to renew their Developer AA Membership, they must destroy the copies of the software in their possession; break all connections with existing Microsoft Developer AA software distribution methods, and stop providing the software and product keys to students and faculty.  However, the students and faculty may continue to use the software installed prior to the membership’s expiration in accordance with the EULA. Departments and organizations may no longer provide Developer AA software to their students and faculty after their Developer AA membership has expired or terminated.

STEM Definition Guidelines

To be eligible for an Developer Academic Alliance membership, you department must have a core focus in at least one of the following areas.



Agricultural · Biomedical · Chemical · Civil

Computer · Electrical · Fire protection

Genetic · Industrial · Mechanical · Military

Mining · Nuclear · Software

Health sciences

Biological engineering · Dentistry

Epidemiology · Health care · Medicine

Nursing · Pharmacy · Social work

Veterinary medicine


Astrophysics · Cosmology

Galactic astronomy · Planetary geology

Planetary science · Stellar astronomy

Formal Science

Computer science · Logic

Mathematics · Statistics


Anatomy · Astrobiology · Biochemistry

Biological engineering · Biophysics

Behavioral neuroscience · Biotechnology

Botany · Cell biology · Cryobiology

Developmental biology

Ecology · Ethnobiology

Evolutionary biology (introduction)

Genetics (introduction)

Gerontology · Immunology · Limnology

Marine biology · Microbiology

Molecular biology · Neuroscience

Paleontology · Parasitology · Physiology

Radiobiology · Soil biology

Theoretical biology · Toxicology · Zoology


Acid-base reaction theories · Alchemy

Analytical chemistry · Astrochemistry

Biochemistry · Crystallography

Environmental chemistry · Food science

Geochemistry · Green chemistry

Inorganic chemistry · Materials science

Molecular physics · Nuclear chemistry

Organic chemistry · Photochemistry

Physical chemistry · Radiochemistry

Solid-state chemistry · Stereochemistry

Supramolecular chemistry

Surface science · Theoretical chemistry

Earth sciences

Atmospheric sciences · Ecology

Environmental science · Geodesy

Geology · Geomorphology

Geophysics · Glaciology · Hydrology

Limnology · Mineralogy · Oceanography

Paleoclimatology · Palynology

Physical geography · Soil science

Space science


Applied physics · Atomic physics

Computational physics

Condensed matter physics

Experimental physics · Mechanics

Particle physics · Plasma physics

Quantum mechanics (introduction)

Solid mechanics · Theoretical physics

Thermodynamics · Entropy

General relativity · M-theory

Special relativity