Do the math: Your business sense + an associate degree = a promising career as an accountant.
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93% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.
Annual Salary
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $42,612.
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There are 50 recent graduates of this Madison College program.

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Program Number: 101011
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
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Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
62 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    The Accounting program at Madison College provides you the educational background and training required for entry-level positions in:

    • Private business and industry
    • Governmental agencies
    • Public accounting firms

    Work experience and professional development will provide you the necessary qualifications for advanced positions in the field of accounting.

    Keyboard skills and computer literacy are required for Madison College’s Accounting program.

    Program Details

    Students in MATC's Accounting program can attend full or part time.

    Accounting classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
    • Fort Atkinson
    • Portage
    • Reedsburg
    • Watertown


    Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of accounting including:

    • Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
    • Bookkeeper/Payroll Clerk
    • Cost Accountant
    • Public Accountant
    • Staff Accountant
    • Tax Accountant
    • Account Manager
    • Account Specialist
    • Payroll Accountant

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Auditor
    • Certified Public Accountant
    • Comptroller
    • Treasurer
    • Trust Officer
    Our grads are top candidates
    Employers throughout the Madison area consider Madison College accounting graduates top candidates.
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    4 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    4 credits
    4 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    4 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits

    Exciting careers in business are waiting for you at Madison College.

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  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Note: It is recommended to only apply for a semester that has already started if you are currently enrolled in classes or you have verified that classes are still available for that semester.

    Application Dates

    Spring 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023

    Summer 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is July 15, 2023

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application opens on February 1, 2023
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion

    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing completion of an associate degree or higher
      • Note: Effective with the 2023-2024 year, this may be fulfilled with at least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

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  • Transfer Opportunities

    UW System Schools

    The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
    Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University University.
    Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
    Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.
    Students who complete the accounting program can transfer up to 64 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

    Out-of-State Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
    Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
    Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
    Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Accounting program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Process financial transactions throughout the accounting cycle.
    • Analyze financial and business information to support planning and decision-making.
    • Perform payroll preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks.
    • Perform cost accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks.
    • Perform individual and/or organizational tax accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks.
    • Identify internal controls to reduce risk.
    "I can immediately apply what I've learned to my job.”
    Julie K.
    Recent Accounting Graduate
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates545450
      Number of Surveys Sent545450
      Number of Surveys Returned373531
      Percent of Surveys Returned68.50%64.80%62.00%
      Available for Employment353131
      Percent Available for Employment94.60%88.60%100.00%
      Not in Labor Market240
      Percent Not in Labor Market5.40%11.40%0.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed352627
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%83.90%87.10%
      Employed in Related Occupation261821
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation74.30%69.20%77.80%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation986
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation25.70%30.80%22.20%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment054
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%16.10%12.90%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses373531
      Very Satisfied (4)262120
      Percent Very Satisfied70.30%60.00%64.50%
      Satisfied (3)11149
      Percent Satisfied29.70%40.00%29.00%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)002
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%6.50%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses373531
      Preparation for Getting a Job131817
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job35.10%51.40%54.80%
      Career Change10128
      Percent Career Change27.00%34.30%25.80%
      Improvement of Existing Skills913
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills24.30%2.90%9.70%
      Preparation for Further Education532
      Percent Preparation for Further Education13.50%8.60%6.50%
      Personal Interest011
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%2.90%3.20%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses352627
      Before Enrollment923
      Percent Before Enrollment25.70%7.70%11.10%
      While Attending the College12129
      Percent While Attending the College34.30%46.20%33.30%
      After Training at the College141215
      Percent After Training at the College40.00%46.20%55.60%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses352627
      In College District312325
      Percent In College District88.60%88.50%92.60%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District321
      Percent of In Wisconsin8.60%7.70%3.70%
      Outside of Wisconsin111
      Percent Outside Wisconsin2.90%3.80%3.70%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend201920202021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count231418
      Average Monthly Wage$3,471$3,338$3,551
      Average Hourly Wage$20.18$19.41$20.64
      Average Work Hours per Week4140.940.7
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count323
      Average Hourly Wage$18.33$15.75$17.50
      Average Work Hours per Week231522.3
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      AJ Restaurant Accounting LLCFinancial Accountant
      Artful HomeBookkeeper
      Bethesda Lutheran Homes & ServicesAccounts Receivable SpecialistWatertown
      Carol A Valley CPA SCTax PreparerColumbus
      Connect SearchCompliance Service SpecialistMiddleton
      Deja Food LLCBookkeeper
      Demco, IncAccounting Specialist
      Fairway Independent MortgageEncompass Account Administrator
      Frazer ConsultantsStaff AccountantMiddleton
      Kane CPAAccountantFitchburg
      Mad City Windows & BathStaff Accountant
      MHS Professional ServicesOwner
      Miller, Brussel, Ebben & Gioeske LLCAccountantPortage
      Regent Mental HealthClinical Manager
      S&L CompaniesAccountantPortage
      The Suby GroupStaff Accountant
      Trek BicycleAccounts Payable SpecialistWaterloo
      UW Health Hospitals & ClinicsCash Reconciliation SpecialistMiddleton
      Zimbrick IncAccounting ManagerSun Prairie

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  • Thursday: 8 am - 4 pm Virtual Only
  • Friday: 8 am - 12 pm Virtual Only