An MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) is someone who has passed exams about the Microsoft Windows NT operating system, related desktop systems, networking, and Microsofts BackOffice server products.
This is a certification program offered by Microsoft. To become an MCSE, you must pass a series of standardized tests at Microsoft approved testing facilities. On the positive side, the MCSE certification is designed to give employers an easier way of screening candidates. On the negative side, a candidate with an MCSE and little practical knowledge may unfairly receive consideration over a more qualified non-MCSE. Some Geeks think it's worthy to aspire to be an MCSE, but many others think it's just a waste of time and money learning the "Microsoft way."