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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.
- 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
Graduates with an associate degree in Business Management from Madison College are ready for a range of professional positions, such as:
- Manager Associate
- Operational Manager
- Management Trainee
- Process Supervisor
With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:
- Billing Specialist
- Financial Specialist
- Logistics Coordinator
- Personal Banker
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 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 Semester10-801-1953 credits10-804-1443 credits10-101-1114 credits10-102-1343 credits10-116-1453 creditsSecond Semester20-810-2053 credits10-809-1993 credits10-101-1184 credits10-102-1353 credits10-106-1093 creditsThird Semester10-102-1143 credits10-102-1433 credits10-104-1023 credits10-114-1263 creditsStudents must complete six total credits from one of the Business-Related Emphasis Areas listed below. Three credits should be completed during third semester and three credits should be completed during fourth semester. See below for course options.Fourth Semester10-102-1043 credits10-102-1323 credits10-102-1333 credits10-809-1953 creditsStudents must complete six total credits from one of the Business-Related Emphasis Areas listed below. Three credits should be completed during third semester and three credits should be completed during fourth semester. See below for course options.Business-Related Emphasis AreasStudents must complete six total credits from one of the Business-Related Emphasis Areas.Accounting Emphasis Area Course Options10-101-1134 credits10-101-1234 credits10-101-1383 credits10-101-1391 credit10-101-1411 creditFinance Emphasis Area Course Options10-114-1283 credits10-114-1303 credits10-114-1403 creditsHuman Resources Emphasis Area Course Options10-116-1473 credits10-116-1483 credits10-116-1493 credits10-116-1523 credits10-116-1683 creditsMarketing Emphasis Area Course Options10-104-1043 credits10-104-1143 credits10-104-1253 credits10-104-1263 credits10-104-1623 credits10-104-1693 credits10-104-8022 creditsMedical Administrative Emphasis Area Course Options10-103-1691 credit10-160-1653 credits10-160-1783 creditsMicrosoft Skills Emphasis Area Course Options10-106-1073 credits10-106-2313 credits10-106-2403 credits10-103-1211 credit10-103-1371 credit10-103-1431 credit10-103-1451 credit10-103-1651 credit10-103-1691 creditProject Management Emphasis Area Course Options10-103-1862 credits10-102-1313 credits10-106-1901 credit10-102-1413 creditsReal Estate Emphasis Area Course Options10-194-1824 credits10-194-1854 creditsRisk Management & Insurance Emphasis Area Course Options10-162-1253 credits10-162-1263 credits10-162-1313 credits10-162-1333 credits10-162-1353 creditsSmall Business Emphasis Area Course Options10-145-1023 credits10-145-1053 credits10-145-1173 credits10-106-1003 creditsSupply Chain Management Emphasis Area Course Options10-182-1013 credits10-182-1043 credits10-182-1223 credits10-182-1363 credits10-182-1383 creditsNo Emphasis Area Course OptionsStudents 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.10-102-1603 credits10-101-1134 credits10-114-1303 creditsElective3 credits
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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.
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- Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023
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- Application completion deadline is July 15, 2023
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- Application completion deadline is November 15, 2023
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- Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024
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.
- 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.
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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UW System SchoolsStudents 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 SchoolsEntering students who have completed Madison College general education courses with a grade of "C-" or better may apply them toward satisfying Stritch Liberal Arts requirements.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 SchoolsStudents 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.
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 Report Summary Overview
2019 2020 2021 Number of Program Graduates 91 82 67 Number of Surveys Sent 91 81 67 Number of Surveys Returned 52 43 41 Percent of Surveys Returned 57.10% 53.10% 61.20% Available for Employment 48 41 37 Percent Available for Employment 92.30% 95.30% 90.20% Not in Labor Market 4 2 3 Percent Not in Labor Market 7.70% 4.70% 7.30% Available for Employment
2019 2020 2021 Graduates Employed 46 39 32 Percent of Graduates Employed 95.80% 95.10% 86.50% Employed in Related Occupation 29 23 23 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 63.00% 59.00% 71.90% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 17 15 9 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 37.00% 38.50% 28.10% Employed - No Response 0 1 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 2.60% 0.00% Seeking Employment 2 2 5 Percent Seeking Employment 4.20% 4.90% 13.50% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2019 2020 2021 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.3 3.5 Number of Satisfaction Responses 52 43 40 Very Satisfied (4) 23 17 22 Percent Very Satisfied 44.20% 39.50% 55.00% Satisfied (3) 26 23 16 Percent Satisfied 50.00% 53.50% 40.00% Unsatisfied (2) 3 2 1 Percent Unsatisfied 5.80% 4.70% 2.50% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 1 1 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 2.30% 2.50% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2019 2020 2021 Number of Primary Reason Responses 52 43 40 Preparation for Getting a Job 12 14 10 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 23.10% 32.60% 25.00% Career Change 6 4 7 Percent Career Change 11.50% 9.30% 17.50% Improvement of Existing Skills 15 15 12 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 28.80% 34.90% 30.00% Preparation for Further Education 10 6 9 Percent Preparation for Further Education 19.20% 14.00% 22.50% Personal Interest 8 4 2 Percent Personal Interest 15.40% 9.30% 5.00% Other 1 0 0 Percent Other 1.90% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2019 2020 2021 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 46 38 32 Before Enrollment 21 20 10 Percent Before Enrollment 45.70% 52.60% 31.30% While Attending the College 15 9 12 Percent While Attending the College 32.60% 23.70% 37.50% After Training at the College 10 9 10 Percent After Training at the College 21.70% 23.70% 31.30% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2019 2020 2021 Number of Employment Location Responses 46 39 33 In College District 36 31 26 Percent In College District 78.30% 79.50% 78.80% In Wisconsin, Not in District 6 6 5 Percent of In Wisconsin 13.00% 15.40% 15.20% Outside of Wisconsin 4 2 1 Percent Outside Wisconsin 8.70% 5.10% 3.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 1 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 3.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 26 21 19 Average Monthly Wage $3,651 $4,408 $4,109 Average Hourly Wage $21.23 $25.63 $23.89 Average Work Hours per Week 44.8 41.8 44.2 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 1 2 Average Hourly Wage $15.00 $18.00 $18.22 Average Work Hours per Week 27 25 30
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