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90% 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 $48,120.
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Administrative Professional
Program Number: 101066
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
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Delivery Method:
100% Online
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
60 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    Prepare for an administrative professional career at Madison College.

    In this degree program, you will learn current business technology and software, and attain the office skills needed to work as support staff in any organization. Our instructors have real-world experience as administrative professionals and can’t wait to work with you.

    The Administrative Professional program may be used to help you prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) computer certifications.

    Program Details

    Students in the Administrative Professional program can attend full or part-time.

    Administrative Professional classes are offered at the Madison College Truax campus.

    Why Madison College?

    • Flexible course offerings allow you to master professional skills in a growing career field and advance your software skills to improve office efficiency
    • Learn from experienced instructors with real-world office experience
    • Experience life as an administrative professional as you complete an on-site internship
    • Earn credit for prior learning through transfer credits, certifications, challenge exams, and experiential credit
    • Obtain additional diploma credentials by completing earn-as-you-go career pathway credits
    • Learn to effectively communicate with both internal and external stakeholders
    • Gain knowledge and experience for managing administrative projects

    Administrative Professional Careers

    Madison College associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of administrative professional including:

    • Administrative Assistant/Secretary
    • Administrative Support
    • Desktop Publisher Specialist
    • Information Coordinator
    • Information Processing Specialist
    • Office Assistant
    • Office Support
    • Program Assistant
    • Project Coordinator
    • Receptionist
    • Secretary
    • Transcriptionist
    • Word Processor
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 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
    1 credit
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    1 credit
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    Third Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • 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

    Summer 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is July 15, 2024

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2024

    Spring 2025

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2025

    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

    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate 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, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    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 EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu 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. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree 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.

    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 Administrative Professional program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate effective workplace communications
    • Apply technology skills to business and administrative tasks
    • Perform routine administrative procedures
    • Manage administrative projects
    • Maintain internal and external relationships
    • Model professionalism in the workplace
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates151518
      Number of Surveys Sent151518
      Number of Surveys Returned10810
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment978
      Percent Available for Employment90.00%87.50%80.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market10.00%12.50%20.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed768
      Percent of Graduates Employed77.80%85.70%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation656
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation85.70%83.30%75.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation111
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation14.30%16.70%12.50%
      Employed - No Response001
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%12.50%
      Seeking Employment210
      Percent Seeking Employment22.20%14.30%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses10810
      Very Satisfied (4)866
      Percent Very Satisfied80.00%75.00%60.00%
      Satisfied (3)223
      Percent Satisfied20.00%25.00%30.00%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)001
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%10.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses10810
      Preparation for Getting a Job324
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job30.00%25.00%40.00%
      Career Change331
      Percent Career Change30.00%37.50%10.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills124
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills10.00%25.00%40.00%
      Preparation for Further Education300
      Percent Preparation for Further Education30.00%0.00%0.00%
      Personal Interest010
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%12.50%0.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%10.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses767
      Before Enrollment321
      Percent Before Enrollment42.90%33.30%14.30%
      While Attending the College234
      Percent While Attending the College28.60%50.00%57.10%
      After Training at the College212
      Percent After Training at the College28.60%16.70%28.60%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses758
      In College District426
      Percent In College District57.10%40.00%75.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin331
      Percent Outside Wisconsin42.90%60.00%12.50%
      Employer Location Unknown001
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%12.50%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count455
      Average Monthly Wage$4,726$4,519$4,010
      Average Hourly Wage$27.48$26.27$23.31
      Average Work Hours per Week454040.6
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count11
      Average Hourly Wage$15.35$10.00
      Average Work Hours per Week24.510
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      AGK AccountingAccounting AssistantFort Atkinson
      Basham Management and AssociatesAdministrative Professional
      Baystate Wing HospitalExecutive AssistantPalmerMA
      Epic Systems CorpAdministrative AssistantVerona
      State Bar of WisconsinLawyer Referral Specialist

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      ** - 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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