Do the math: Your business sense + an associate degree = a promising career as an accountant.
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Accounting
Program Number: 101011
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Business
Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
62 Credits | Finish in 2 years (full-time attendance)
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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

    Careers

    Employers throughout the Madison area consider Madison College accounting graduates top candidates. 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
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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
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    Fourth Semester
  • 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.

    Fall 2021 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2020
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2021

    Spring 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on February 1, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2022

    Summer 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is July 15, 2022

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2022

    Spring 2023 Application Dates

    • Application available on February 1, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023

    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
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Residency Requirement
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for these programs. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.

    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Notes

    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. 

    Questions?

    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

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  • Transfer Opportunities

    Wisconsin 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.

    Non-Wisconsin 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 59 54 54
      Number of Surveys Sent 59 54 54
      Number of Surveys Returned 30 37 35
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 27 35 31
      Percent Available for Employment 90.0% 94.6% 88.6%
      Not in Labor Market 3 2 4
      Percent Not in Labor Market 10.0% 5.4% 11.4%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 26 35 26
      Percent of Graduates Employed 96.3% 100.0% 83.9%
      Employed in Related Occupation 21 26 18
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 80.8% 74.3% 69.2%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 4 9 8
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 15.4% 25.7% 30.8%
      Employed - No Response 1 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 3.8% 0.0% 0.0%
      Seeking Employment 1 0 5
      Percent Seeking Employment 3.7% 0.0% 16.1%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.7 3.6
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 30 37 35
      Very Satisfied (4) 16 26 21
      Percent Very Satisfied 53.3% 70.3% 60.0%
      Satisfied (3) 14 11 14
      Percent Satisfied 46.7% 29.7% 40.0%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 30 37 35
      Preparation for Getting a Job 12 13 18
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 40.0% 35.1% 51.4%
      Career Change 11 10 12
      Percent Career Change 36.7% 27.0% 34.3%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 1 9 1
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 3.3% 24.3% 2.9%
      Preparation for Further Education 5 5 3
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 16.7% 13.5% 8.6%
      Personal Interest 1 0 1
      Percent Personal Interest 3.3% 0.0% 2.9%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 23 35 26
      Before Enrollment 5 9 2
      Percent Before Enrollment 21.7% 25.7% 7.7%
      While Attending the College 9 12 12
      Percent While Attending the College 39.1% 34.3% 46.2%
      After Training at the College 9 14 12
      Percent After Training at the College 39.1% 40.0% 46.2%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 27 35 26
      In College District 22 31 23
      Percent In College District 81.5% 88.6% 88.5%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 3 3 2
      Percent of In Wisconsin 11.1% 8.6% 7.7%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 1
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 2.9% 3.8%
      Employer Location Unknown 2 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 7.4% 0.0% 0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 18 23 14
      Average Monthly Wage $3,380 $3,471 $3,338
      Average Hourly Wage $19.65 $20.18 $19.41
      Average Work Hours per Week 41.3 41.0 40.9
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 3 3 2
      Average Hourly Wage $20.68 $18.33 $15.75
      Average Work Hours per Week 27.3 23.0 15.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Addison Machine Engineering Accountant/HR Manger Reedsburg
      AJ Restaurant Accounting LLC Accounts Payable Specialist
      Asplundh Tree Expert Billing Specialist Willow Grove PA
      Baker Tilly Payroll Specialist
      Deja Food LLC Chief Financial Officer
      Dept of Financial Institutions Consumer Credit Examiner
      Dept of Natural Resources Financial Specialist-Senior
      Easton Motors Staff Accountant Portage
      Fizzeology Foods Accounting Associate Viroqua
      Johnson Health Tech North America Accounts Payable Associate Cottage Grove
      Kitchen & Bath Solutions LLC Accountant
      Luke Walsh CPA Bookkeeper Fort Atkinson
      Monona Banking Banking Advisor Monona
      Spahn Excavating Inc Accountant Waunakee
      Special Olympics Wisconsin Accounting Assistant
      Wegner CPA & Consultants Staff Accountant

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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