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Business Management
Program Number: 101023
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Business
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
100% Online
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 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

    Careers

    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
    Your Advantage at Madison College
    Learn from faculty who have years of business experience!

     

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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 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
    10-801-195
    3 credits
    10-804-144
    3 credits
    10-101-111
    4 credits
    10-102-134
    3 credits
    10-116-145
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    10-809-199
    3 credits
    10-101-118
    4 credits
    10-102-135
    3 credits
    10-106-109
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    10-102-114
    3 credits
    10-102-143
    3 credits
    10-104-102
    3 credits
    10-114-126
    3 credits
    Students 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 Semester
    10-102-104
    3 credits
    10-102-132
    3 credits
    10-102-133
    3 credits
    10-809-195
    3 credits
    Students 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 Areas
    Students must complete six total credits from one of the Business-Related Emphasis Areas.
    Accounting Emphasis Area Course Options
    10-101-113
    4 credits
    10-101-123
    4 credits
    10-101-138
    3 credits
    10-101-139
    1 credit
    10-101-141
    1 credit
    Finance Emphasis Area Course Options
    10-114-128
    3 credits
    10-114-130
    3 credits
    10-114-140
    3 credits
    Human Resources Emphasis Area Course Options
    10-116-147
    3 credits
    10-116-148
    3 credits
    10-116-149
    3 credits
    10-116-168
    3 credits
    Marketing Emphasis Area Course Options
    10-104-104
    3 credits
    10-104-114
    3 credits
    10-104-125
    3 credits
    10-104-126
    3 credits
    10-104-169
    3 credits
    10-104-802
    2 credits
    Medical Administrative Emphasis Area Course Options
    Microsoft Skills Emphasis Area Course Options
    10-106-107
    3 credits
    10-106-240
    3 credits
    10-103-121
    1 credit
    10-103-136
    1 credit
    10-103-137
    1 credit
    10-103-143
    1 credit
    10-103-145
    1 credit
    10-103-165
    1 credit
    10-103-169
    1 credit
    Project Management Emphasis Area Course Options
    10-103-186
    2 credits
    10-103-169
    1 credit
    Real Estate Emphasis Area Course Options
    10-194-182
    4 credits
    10-194-185
    4 credits
    Risk Management & Insurance Emphasis Area Course Options
    Small Business Emphasis Area Course Options
    10-145-102
    3 credits
    10-145-105
    3 credits
    10-145-117
    3 credits
    10-106-100
    3 credits
    No Emphasis Area Course Options
    Students who do not choose one of the above-listed Business-Related Emphasis Areas must complete 6 credits of the following.
    10-102-160
    3 credits
    10-114-130
    3 credits
    10-106-100
    3 credits
    Elective
    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.

    Spring 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2022

    Summer 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is July 15, 2022

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • 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.
    Entering 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.
    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.
    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.

    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 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

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 86 91 82
      Number of Surveys Sent 85 91 81
      Number of Surveys Returned 40 52 43
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 40 48 41
      Percent Available for Employment 100.0% 92.3% 95.3%
      Not in Labor Market 0 4 2
      Percent Not in Labor Market 0.0% 7.7% 4.7%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 40 46 39
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 95.8% 95.1%
      Employed in Related Occupation 29 29 23
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 72.5% 63.0% 59.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 11 17 15
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 27.5% 37.0% 38.5%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 1
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 2.6%
      Seeking Employment 0 2 2
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 4.2% 4.9%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.4 3.3
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 40 52 43
      Very Satisfied (4) 16 23 17
      Percent Very Satisfied 40.0% 44.2% 39.5%
      Satisfied (3) 23 26 23
      Percent Satisfied 57.5% 50.0% 53.5%
      Unsatisfied (2) 1 3 2
      Percent Unsatisfied 2.5% 5.8% 4.7%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 1
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 2.3%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 40 52 43
      Preparation for Getting a Job 10 12 14
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 25.0% 23.1% 32.6%
      Career Change 7 6 4
      Percent Career Change 17.5% 11.5% 9.3%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 15 15 15
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 37.5% 28.8% 34.9%
      Preparation for Further Education 6 10 6
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 15.0% 19.2% 14.0%
      Personal Interest 0 8 4
      Percent Personal Interest 0.0% 15.4% 9.3%
      Other 2 1 0
      Percent Other 5.0% 1.9% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 33 46 38
      Before Enrollment 10 21 20
      Percent Before Enrollment 30.3% 45.7% 52.6%
      While Attending the College 19 15 9
      Percent While Attending the College 57.6% 32.6% 23.7%
      After Training at the College 4 10 9
      Percent After Training at the College 12.1% 21.7% 23.7%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 40 46 39
      In College District 35 36 31
      Percent In College District 87.5% 78.3% 79.5%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 5 6 6
      Percent of In Wisconsin 12.5% 13.0% 15.4%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 4 2
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 8.7% 5.1%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 23 26 21
      Average Monthly Wage $3,310 $3,651 $4,408
      Average Hourly Wage $19.24 $21.23 $25.63
      Average Work Hours per Week 42.6 44.8 41.8
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 3 1 1
      Average Hourly Wage $23.87 $15.00 $18.00
      Average Work Hours per Week 29.3 27.0 25.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      American Family Insurance Services Technician
      Bankers Bank Safekeeping Representative
      Chartwell Midwest Wisconsin Home Medical Equipment Representative Middleton
      Church & Chapel Funeral Homes Funeral Apprentice Brookfield
      Clary Appraisal Appraiser Fitchburg
      Culver's Assistant Manager Mauston
      East-West Wisconsin Engineering Manager Whitewater
      FCHI Remodeling Project Manager Sauk Prairie
      Goyer Ace Sales Associate Fort Atkinson
      Grace Episcopal Church Parish Administrator
      Homestead Realty Inc Realtor Milwaukee
      J F Ahern Project Coordinator DeForest
      Lake Mills Light & Water Electric Utility Foreman Lake Mills
      Leo Direct Inc Recruiter Lexington KY
      One Community Bank Deposit Operations Manager Oregon
      Pick'n Save Customer Service Manager
      Schreiber Foods, Inc Purchaser Richland Center
      The Cheesemaker #1 LLC Manager Plain
      The Legacy of DeForest Administrative Assistant DeForest
      Unity Point Health-Meriter Greeter
      UW Credit Union Assistant Branch Manager
      UW Medical Foundation Administrative Operations Assistant

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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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  • Friday: 8 am - 4 pm (Virtual Only)