MCSA is 3 core, 1 elective exam....much easier than MCSE...all depends on what you want to do
Demand for individuals performing network and systems administration tasks has seen significant growth this past year, and candidates as well as the industry have indicated that a certification is needed. The new MCSA credential is in response to this growth. The MCSA credential is for professionals who implement, manage, and troubleshoot existing network and system environments based on the Microsoft Windows® 2000 and Microsoft Windows® .NET Server operating systems. These individuals typically do not deploy new networks and systems as part of their job function, as is expected of individuals holding the MCSE credential. In addition, unlike MCSEs, MCSAs are not expected to have design skills.