An automatic Financial Assistant technical diploma at one year and your Finance associate degree after two? Win-win!
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Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $44,364.
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92% job placement within six months of graduation.

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Program Number: 101142
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
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Delivery Method:
100% In Person
100% Online
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
63 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    Finance relates to the management of money through financial analysis. This includes investing and evaluating financial opportunities and risk levels.

    The Finance program at Madison College provides you with a solid foundation in personal financial planning, retirement planning, investing, real estate, and financial analysis required for entry-level positions in banks, credit unions, insurance companies, financial planning, real estate, government, or manufacturing enterprises.

    Your courses will focus on active learning through projects, simulations, cases, and sharing of business experiences.

    After completing your first year of classes, you will be automatically awarded the Financial Assistant technical diploma.

    Once you are admitted into the Finance program, you may be able to double major and complete the Business Management or Accounting associate degree with just one or two additional semesters of study. Speak to your advisor to learn more.

    Program Details

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

    • Courses focus on active learning through projects, simulations, cases, and sharing of business experiences rather than passive textbook learning.
    • Courses are offered online, face-to-face or 8 weeks accelerated delivery.
    • Full-time or part-time, day and evening options are available.
    • Career pathways available to double major in Business Management and transfer to four-year institutions.

    Finance classes may be offered at the following Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
    • Madison - South
    • Fort Atkinson
    • Reedsburg
    • Watertown


    Completing the Finance associate degree program at Madison College prepares you for valuable work as a:

    • Analyst: Credit, Budget, Data, or Business
    • Paraplanner / Financial Planning Assistant
    • Customer Service Representative
    • Personal Banker
    • Loan Coordinator
    • Vehicle Financing Specialist

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Financial Planner/Advisor
    • Assistant/Branch Manager in banks, credit unions, or other financial institutions
    Your Advantage at Madison College
    Learn from faculty who have years of finance and business experience!
  • 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.

    First Semester
    4 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    4 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Choose one Insurance course:
    Fourth Semester
    3 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Elective - see recommended options below
    3 credits
    Elective Credit Concentration Areas (3 credits)
    Risk Management & Insurance
    3 credits
    Business Management
    3 credits
    Small Business
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Human Resources
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Other Recommended Electives
    3 credits
    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.

    Application Dates

    Spring 2024

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

    Summer 2024

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

    Fall 2024

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

    Spring 2025

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2025

    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 (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, 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. 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.
    This program-to-program articulation agreement between UW-Platteville and Madison College provides students with guaranteed admission into the UW-Platteville Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Finance major and to be awarded ALL Associate Degree credits toward the BBA Finance major after successful completion of their Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)-Degree at Madison College.

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    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 finance program can transfer up to 60 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 Finance program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Create reports
    • Analyze financial data
    • Analyze investments
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates978
      Number of Surveys Sent978
      Number of Surveys Returned564
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment554
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%83.30%100.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%16.70%0.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed554
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation434
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation80.00%60.00%100.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation120
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation20.00%40.00%0.00%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment000
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses564
      Very Satisfied (4)112
      Percent Very Satisfied20.00%16.70%50.00%
      Satisfied (3)452
      Percent Satisfied80.00%83.30%50.00%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses564
      Preparation for Getting a Job221
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job40.00%33.30%25.00%
      Career Change100
      Percent Career Change20.00%0.00%0.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills112
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills20.00%16.70%50.00%
      Preparation for Further Education121
      Percent Preparation for Further Education20.00%33.30%25.00%
      Personal Interest010
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%16.70%0.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses554
      Before Enrollment122
      Percent Before Enrollment20.00%40.00%50.00%
      While Attending the College302
      Percent While Attending the College60.00%0.00%50.00%
      After Training at the College130
      Percent After Training at the College20.00%60.00%0.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses544
      In College District533
      Percent In College District100.00%75.00%75.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin011
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%25.00%25.00%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count434
      Average Monthly Wage$3,310$3,259$3,697
      Average Hourly Wage$19.24$18.95$21.49
      Average Work Hours per Week40.340.740
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Badger BankAccounting AssistantFort Atkinson
      DMB Community BankTeller SupervisorDeForest
      Lac Vieux Desert Tribal AdministrationLegal SecretaryWatersmeetMI
      One Community BankTreasury Management SupportMcFarland

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