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Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $44,184.
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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:
62 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • 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 are offered at the Madison College Truax campus

    Culinary Arts Careers

    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

    Take a Look Inside a Classroom

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    Culinary Art Video

    Paul Short - Madison College Culinary Arts
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    Learn how the Madison College Culinary Arts program prepares students for success from director Paul Short.

  • 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.

    Prior to Start of Program:
    1 credit
    OR ServSafe Certification
    1 credit
    First Semester
    2 credits
    1 credit
    4 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    4 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Third (Summer) Term
    2 credits
    Fourth Semester
    4 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
    2 credits
    1 credit
    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 2024

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

    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  transcript (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, 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.

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  • Transfer Opportunities

    UW System Schools

    The terms of the B.S in Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who complete selective A.A.S degrees and are admitted to the Human Services Leadership at UW-Oshkosh. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
    The terms of the B.S in Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete selective A.A.S or A.A.A. degrees and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis at UW-Oshkosh. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    Students witn an AA, AS or AAS are Advanced Core. Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 60 credits. Students transferring prior to completion or with less than 60 credits are standard core and credits are evaluated course by course.
    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.
    Completion of an A.A.S. Degree at Madison College after 2015, and meeting admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a B.B.A degree in Technical Sales 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.
    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.
    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 Madison College graduates with an AA, AS, or AAS. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer up to 94 additional credits 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

      Number of Program Graduates91010
      Number of Surveys Sent91010
      Number of Surveys Returned478
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment277
      Percent Available for Employment50.0%100.0%87.5%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market50.0%0.0%12.5%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed277
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%100.0%100.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation276
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.0%100.0%85.7%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation001
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.0%0.0%14.3%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Seeking Employment000
      Percent Seeking Employment0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses478
      Very Satisfied (4)225
      Percent Very Satisfied50.0%28.6%62.5%
      Satisfied (3)253
      Percent Satisfied50.0%71.4%37.5%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses478
      Preparation for Getting a Job
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job
      Career Change
      Percent Career Change
      Improvement of Existing Skills
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills
      Preparation for Further Education
      Percent Preparation for Further Education
      Personal Interest
      Percent Personal Interest
      Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses277
      Before Enrollment031
      Percent Before Enrollment0.0%42.9%14.3%
      While Attending the College024
      Percent While Attending the College0.0%28.6%57.1%
      After Training at the College222
      Percent After Training at the College100.0%28.6%28.6%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses277
      In College District176
      Percent In College District50.0%100.0%85.7%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District100
      Percent of In Wisconsin50.0%0.0%0.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin001
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%0.0%14.3%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202120222023
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count246
      Average Monthly Wage$3,250$3,114$3,682
      Average Hourly Wage$18.90$18.10$21.40
      Average Work Hours per Week52.549.240.5
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count2
      Average Hourly Wage$19.50
      Average Work Hours per Week28.5
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2023
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Cadre RestaurantLine Cook
      Epic Systems CorpCookVerona
      Epic Systems CorpCook/ChefVerona
      Metcalfe's SentryButchers Apprentice
      Sur La TableChef InstructorJacksonvilleFL
      UW - Madison Memorial UnionAssistant Chef

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