Thanks go to Kay for pointing me to this new information.
Today Microsoft has launched a new Certification Series named Microsoft Certified Master.
Introducing Master certifications
The new Microsoft Certified Master series offers advanced technical training and certifications on Microsoft technologies that go beyond any product training offered outside of Microsoft today. IT professionals who successfully complete the program and certification testing validate their skills as product experts who successfully design and implement solutions that meet the most complex business requirements.
Exclusive advanced training
The strength of Microsoft Master training begins with an experience-based curriculum that is built upon a foundation of 300-level and 400-level classroom training and labs. The curriculum is presented by instructors who are practiced experts in their discipline and who draw upon their real-world experience to ensure that students learn skills that apply in the workplace.
Master certification enables senior IT professionals to demonstrate and validate their technical expertise on Microsoft server products and authoritatively differentiate themselves to prospective employers and customers. Master certification is a primary prerequisite for all technical Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certifications.
Microsoft offers three Master-level technical certifications, all of which deepen and broaden the technical skills of experienced IT professionals :
Who should apply?
Qualified program candidates are highly skilled technical experts in their discipline with several years of experience designing, deploying, and managing solutions by using Microsoft technology. To be eligible for Master certification, the candidate must be a current Microsoft Certified Professional (with a Microsoft Certification ID) or an eligible Microsoft employee. Specific technology requirements vary by platform.
To achieve Master certification, candidates must fulfill the following training requirements:
Registeration is scheduled to start in July 2008, so sit tight. When more information is available it will be posted on the Microsoft website, so check back often for the latest updates.
Source : Microsoft Certified Master website