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Business Management
Program Number: 101023
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
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Delivery Method:
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100% Online
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
62 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    The Business Management associate degree program at Madison College will give you the skills needed to supervise or manage a department or business. Get real-world insights from our instructors as they prepare you to meet the challenges of today’s business climate.

    Once admitted to the Business Management program, you may choose to double major in Human Resource Management or Finance with one or two more semesters of study. If you want to double major, consult an academic advisor first.

    Once you earn your Business Management associate degree here, you can transfer to a four-year institution and earn your bachelor's degree.

    Program Details

    • Students in the Business Management program can attend full or part-time.
    • Start classes in September, October, January, March, or June.
    • Courses focus on active learning through simulations, cases, and sharing of business experiences–not on passive textbook learning.
    • Courses are offered online, online live, face-to-face or 8-week accelerated delivery.
    • Career pathways available to double major in Human Resources and transfer to four-year institutions.

    Business Management classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

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


    Graduates with an associate degree in Business Management from Madison College are ready for a range of professional positions, such as:

    • Manager
    • Manager Associate
    • Operational Manager
    • Management Trainee
    • Process Supervisor
    • Supervisor

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

    • Billing Specialist
    • Financial Specialist
    • Logistics Coordinator
    • Owner/Entrepreneur
    • Personal Banker
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    Watch this video to learn more about our program and faculty.

  • 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
    3 credits
    3 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Business Related Emphasis Area -- See options below
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Business-Related Emphasis Area -- See options below
    3 credits
    Business-Related Emphasis Areas
    Students must complete six credits from one of the Business-Related Emphasis Areas.
    Accounting Emphasis Area Course Options
    4 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    Finance Emphasis Area Course Options
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Human Resources Emphasis Area Course Options
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Marketing Emphasis Area Course Options
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    Medical Administrative Emphasis Area Course Options
    1 credit
    3 credits
    1 credit
    Microsoft Skills Emphasis Area Course Options
    3 credits
    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
    Project Management Emphasis Area Course Options
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Real Estate Emphasis Area Course Options
    4 credits
    4 credits
    Risk Management & Insurance Emphasis Area Course Options
    Small Business Emphasis Area Course Options
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Supply Chain Management Emphasis Area Course Options
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Non-Emphasis Area Course Options
    Students who do not choose one of the above-listed Business-Related Emphasis Areas must complete one of the following courses plus three credits of electives.
    3 credits
    4 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

    Students who pursue the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Management at Madison College and submit the Declaration of Intent to Participate to gain admission to an UW ­Madison Online BBA-Management program will be eligible for joint advisement from both Madison College and UW-Madison Online BBA-Management advisor while completing their Associate degree. Those students who successfully complete the Associate degree and meet specified levels of academic achievement as outlined in this transfer agreement will be guaranteed direct admission to the UW-Madison School of Business Online BBA-Management program. This will transfer a minimum of 62 credit hours taken at MATC. If a student transfers in course work from another institution to fulfill requirements within the AAS, it will be evaluated from the institution where it was completed and now how it transferred to MATC.
    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.
    Madison College students who complete the Associate of Applied Science degree are guaranteed admission to UW-Platteville to the Bachelor of Business Administration, Management major within the School of Business given that all admission requirements are met (minimum 2.0 transfer GPA, in good standing at previous institution). All 62 credits from the Associate of Applied Science in Business Management degree at Madison College will transfer; a maximum of 72 credits can be transferred to UW-Platteville from 2-year institutions. Students will then complete the baccalaureate degree requirements at UW-Platteville including all remaining general education requirements and major requirements.

    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 business management program can transfer up to 62 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 Business Management program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Plan the operations of a business across functional areas.
    • Organize resources to achieve the goals of the organization.
    • Direct individuals and/or processes to meet organizational goals.
    • Control business processes.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates826773
      Number of Surveys Sent816773
      Number of Surveys Returned434143
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment413738
      Percent Available for Employment95.30%90.20%88.40%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market4.70%7.30%11.60%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed393234
      Percent of Graduates Employed95.10%86.50%89.50%
      Employed in Related Occupation232325
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation59.00%71.90%73.50%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation1599
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation38.50%28.10%26.50%
      Employed - No Response100
      Percent Employed - No Response2.60%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment254
      Percent Seeking Employment4.90%13.50%10.50%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses434043
      Very Satisfied (4)172215
      Percent Very Satisfied39.50%55.00%34.90%
      Satisfied (3)231625
      Percent Satisfied53.50%40.00%58.10%
      Unsatisfied (2)211
      Percent Unsatisfied4.70%2.50%2.30%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)112
      Percent Very Unsatisfied2.30%2.50%4.70%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses434043
      Preparation for Getting a Job141012
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job32.60%25.00%27.90%
      Career Change474
      Percent Career Change9.30%17.50%9.30%
      Improvement of Existing Skills151215
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills34.90%30.00%34.90%
      Preparation for Further Education697
      Percent Preparation for Further Education14.00%22.50%16.30%
      Personal Interest424
      Percent Personal Interest9.30%5.00%9.30%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%2.30%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses383234
      Before Enrollment201013
      Percent Before Enrollment52.60%31.30%38.20%
      While Attending the College9126
      Percent While Attending the College23.70%37.50%17.60%
      After Training at the College91015
      Percent After Training at the College23.70%31.30%44.10%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses332829
      In College District312627
      Percent In College District93.90%92.90%93.10%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin212
      Percent Outside Wisconsin6.10%3.60%6.90%
      Employer Location Unknown010
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%3.60%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count211920
      Average Monthly Wage$4,408$4,109$4,609
      Average Hourly Wage$25.63$23.89$26.80
      Average Work Hours per Week41.844.243.5
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count12
      Average Hourly Wage$18.00$18.22
      Average Work Hours per Week2530
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Arimon Technologies IncTeam LeadMontello
      Blooming EstheticsOwnerFitchburg
      Burkhardt Heating and Air ConditioningStaff AccountantBrown Deer
      Claire'sStore ManagerJohnson Creek
      Consulting ServicesAccounting Manager
      Fairway Independant MortgagePrice Concession Specialist
      Glory Global SolutionsOrder Entry AdministratorWatertown
      Ho-Chunk CasinoAccountantBaraboo
      Kraft HeinzProduction SupervisorBeaver Dam
      Kwik Trip IncLead Service TechnicianLa Crosse
      Pineview Pet ResortAdministrative AssistantWaunakee
      Plastic Ingenuity IncProject ManagerCross Plains
      Roland MachineryAssistant Service ManagerDeForest
      SeatsTechnical Documentation SpecialistReedsburg
      SSI TechnologiesProduction SupervisorJanesville
      Tri-North BuildersEstimating AdministratorFitchburg
      United Health GroupSenior Clinical Administrative CoordinatorMinnetonkaMN
      UW - MadisonFood Service Manager
      William Ryan HomesConstruction Superintendent
      WTS Paradigm LLCProject ManagerMiddleton

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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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