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IT-Cybersecurity Specialist
Program Number: 101512
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Information Technology
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
63 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    The IT-Cybersecurity Specialist associate degree program at Madison College provides comprehensive instruction in computing systems and networks that have an important impact on data confidentiality, integrity and availability. Emphasis is placed on vigilant security awareness throughout the curriculum.

    The IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program introduces the student to computer network threats and the appropriate incident response, to include defenses, countermeasures and computer forensics. Students are exposed to scenarios reflecting the legal and ethical issues associated with information security. Extensive hands-on labs build practical experience in configuring a variety of network operating systems, firewalls, virtual private networks (VPN), packet filters and intrusion detection systems (IDS) to maximize information security in the network.

    Program Details

    Students in the IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program can attend full or part time.

    IT-Cybersecurity Specialist classes are offered at our Madison Truax campus.

    **note that if starting in Spring term, it may take five semesters to complete program. Courses core to the IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program will only be offered during the daytime for students accepted in the Spring term.

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    After completing the IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you may find employment as:

    • Cybersecurity Professional
    • Network Security Specialist


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  • 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
    3 credits
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    Second Semester
    3 credits
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    Third Semester
    1 credit
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    Fourth Semester
    3 credits
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  • 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

    Spring 2023

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

    Fall 2023

    • Application opens on September 15, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application opens on February 1, 2023
    • Application completion deadline is January 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
    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.

    3. Residency Requirement
    Per Wisconsin Statute TCS-10, because this program has limited capacity:

    Out-of-state residents

    • May only be considered after January 1 for the upcoming fall term and/or after May 1 for the upcoming spring term
    • Will not be considered if a waitlist forms

    Non-district state residents

    • May only be considered after January 1 for the upcoming fall term and/or after May 1 for the upcoming spring term
    • Will be considered if a waitlist forms
    • Minnesota residents are considered non-district state residents for admission purposes

    Learn more about residency determination.

    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 or 608.246.6210.

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  • 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.
    Courses that have been completed with a "D" or better may be acceptable to meet program requirements unless UW Stout major requires a higher acceptable grade. The maximum number of transferable credits is 72. Students will be required to meet UW S general education and major requirements.

    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.
    Students who complete the IT Network Security Specialist 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 IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Cybersecurity Defense Analysis (CDA) – Analyze events for purpose of mitigating threats.
    • Cybersecurity Defense Infrastructure Support (INF) – Manage life cycle and defend infrastructure hardware and software.
    • Incident Response (CIR) – Respond to incidents within the network environment.
    • Vulnerability Assessment and Management (VAM) – Measure effectiveness of defense-in-depth architecture against known vulnerabilities.
    • Systems Analysis (ANA) – Be responsible for implementation of system security.
    • Dynamic Applications Security Testing (DAST) – Skilled in modern application security concepts and testing.
    • Network Penetration Testing (NPT) – Skills related to security testing of all network
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Program Graduates 16 22 21
      Number of Surveys Sent 16 22 21
      Number of Surveys Returned 11 14 17
      Percent of Surveys Returned 68.80% 63.60% 81.00%
      Available for Employment 11 11 17
      Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 78.60% 100.00%
      Not in Labor Market 0 2 0
      Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 14.30% 0.00%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 9 10 17
      Percent of Graduates Employed 81.80% 90.90% 100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation 7 8 16
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 77.80% 80.00% 94.10%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 2 1
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 22.20% 20.00% 5.90%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 2 1 0
      Percent Seeking Employment 18.20% 9.10% 0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.3 3.5
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 11 14 17
      Very Satisfied (4) 7 4 10
      Percent Very Satisfied 63.60% 28.60% 58.80%
      Satisfied (3) 4 10 6
      Percent Satisfied 36.40% 71.40% 35.30%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 1
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 5.90%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 11 14 17
      Preparation for Getting a Job 6 6 11
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 54.50% 42.90% 64.70%
      Career Change 5 5 4
      Percent Career Change 45.50% 35.70% 23.50%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 1
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 5.90%
      Preparation for Further Education 0 3 0
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 21.40% 0.00%
      Personal Interest 0 0 1
      Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 5.90%
      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 9 10 17
      Before Enrollment 1 0 2
      Percent Before Enrollment 11.10% 0.00% 11.80%
      While Attending the College 5 5 7
      Percent While Attending the College 55.60% 50.00% 41.20%
      After Training at the College 3 5 8
      Percent After Training at the College 33.30% 50.00% 47.10%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 9 11 17
      In College District 7 9 14
      Percent In College District 77.80% 81.80% 82.40%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 1 2
      Percent of In Wisconsin 22.20% 9.10% 11.80%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 1
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 5.90%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 1 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 9.10% 0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 7 7 16
      Average Monthly Wage $3,846 $3,744 $4,735
      Average Hourly Wage $22.36 $21.77 $27.53
      Average Work Hours per Week 41.4 42 40.6
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      ABC Supply IT Technical Support Specialist Beloit
      Dept Of Corrections Surveillance & Access Control Technician
      Dept Of Military Affairs Cybersecurity Engineer
      Exact Sciences Associate Cybersecurity Operations Analyst
      Forward Health Group System Administrator
      Madison Metropolitan School District IT Network Specialist
      Madison Metropolitan School District Micro Computer Technician
      Natus Medical Production Technician Middleton
      Paragon Development Systems IT Help Desk Analyst
      Ping Identity Technical Support Engineer Denver CO
      Summit Credit Union Information Security Technician Cottage Grove 2
      Telaid Industries Technical Analyst Fitchburg
      UW Health Hospitals & Clinics Unified Communications Associate Middleton
      Wisconsin Courts System Cybersecurity Engineer
      Wisconsin Physicians Service (WPS) Device Management Contractor Monona

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