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Culinary Arts
Program Number: 103161
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
61 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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$8,750.45 Tuition
$2,694.29 Materials/Supplemental Costs
$409.99 Other Costs
  • Program Overview

    The Culinary Arts associate degree program at Madison College offers you the opportunity to learn an industry that produces $400 billion in annual sales in the United States. This program holds the key to landing positions as purchasing agents, general managers and executive chefs. 

    Program Details

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

    Culinary Arts degree classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax

    Paul Short - Madison College Culinary Arts
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    Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College Culinary Arts graduates top candidates. Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of culinary arts including:

    • Prep Cooks/Cooks
    • Line Cooks
    • Broiler Chefs or Garde Managers
    • Sous Chefs
    • Executive Chefs or Owner/Operators

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 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
    2 credits
    1 credit
    4 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    4 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    Third (Summer) Term
    2 credits
    Fourth Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    Fifth Semester
    3 credits
    4 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    1 credit
    Recommended Electives
    3 credits
    1 credit
    2 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
  • 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.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 15, 2023

    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
    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school  transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0, or
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher

    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, complete the Next Steps after Program Acceptance to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

  • 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

    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.
    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 Culinary Arts program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Apply principles of safety and sanitation in food service operations.
    • Apply principles of nutrition.
    • Demonstrate culinary skills.
    • Manage food service operations.
    • Plan menus.
    • Analyze food service financial information.
    • Relate food service operations to sustainability.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Program Graduates 22 15 9
      Number of Surveys Sent 22 15 9
      Number of Surveys Returned 15 7 4
      Percent of Surveys Returned 68.20% 46.70% 44.40%
      Available for Employment 13 7 2
      Percent Available for Employment 86.70% 100.00% 50.00%
      Not in Labor Market 2 0 2
      Percent Not in Labor Market 13.30% 0.00% 50.00%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 12 5 2
      Percent of Graduates Employed 92.30% 71.40% 100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation 12 4 2
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 80.00% 100.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 1 0
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 20.00% 0.00%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 1 2 0
      Percent Seeking Employment 7.70% 28.60% 0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.7 3.6 3.5
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 15 7 4
      Very Satisfied (4) 11 4 2
      Percent Very Satisfied 73.30% 57.10% 50.00%
      Satisfied (3) 4 3 2
      Percent Satisfied 26.70% 42.90% 50.00%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 15 7 4
      Preparation for Getting a Job 4 2 3
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 26.70% 28.60% 75.00%
      Career Change 2 3 0
      Percent Career Change 13.30% 42.90% 0.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 6 1 1
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 40.00% 14.30% 25.00%
      Preparation for Further Education 1 1 0
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 6.70% 14.30% 0.00%
      Personal Interest 2 0 0
      Percent Personal Interest 13.30% 0.00% 0.00%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 12 5 2
      Before Enrollment 4 3 0
      Percent Before Enrollment 33.30% 60.00% 0.00%
      While Attending the College 2 0 0
      Percent While Attending the College 16.70% 0.00% 0.00%
      After Training at the College 6 2 2
      Percent After Training at the College 50.00% 40.00% 100.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 12 5 2
      In College District 11 4 1
      Percent In College District 91.70% 80.00% 50.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 1
      Percent of In Wisconsin 8.30% 0.00% 50.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 20.00% 0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 10 3 2
      Average Monthly Wage $2,666 $2,515 $3,250
      Average Hourly Wage $15.50 $14.62 $18.90
      Average Work Hours per Week 47.9 42.7 52.5
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1
      Average Hourly Wage $9.00
      Average Work Hours per Week 20
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Festival Foods Cake Decorator Fort Atkinson
      Geneva National Resort & Club Sous Chef Lake Geneva

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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