Interested in hospitality – but not sure which area is most appealing? This program lets you explore every facet.
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Hospitality Specialist
Program Number: 311094
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness
Delivery Method:
100% Online
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
33 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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  • Program Overview

    Hospitality Specialist, the one-year technical diploma at Madison College, is designed to help you obtain skills needed to begin or continue your career in the expansive hospitality industry. Hospitality includes careers in tourism, hotels and resorts, gaming establishments, event services, restaurants, bakeries, catering services, health care facilities, and schools.

    The Hospitality Specialist program incorporates comprehensive hands-on learning experiences that will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities in hospitality. You will hone your customer service and communication skills and learn about industry trends, marketing, business, accounting fundamentals, social media, meeting management, and law.

    After completing the Hospitality Specialist diploma, you have the opportunity to further your education and expand your career potential by enrolling in our Hospitality Management associate degree program.

    Program Details

    Students in the Hospitality Specialist technical program can attend part-time or full-time, online or in person. Connect with us on Facebook!

    • Madison – Truax
    • Online


    After completing the Hospitality Specialist Technical program at Madison Area Technical College, examples of opportunities for your career starting point include but are not limited to the following areas:

    • Bar or Restaurant Supervisor
    • Casino Supervisor
    • Catering Assistant
    • Convention Services Specialist
    • Front Office Manager
    • Guest Services Coordinator
    • Hospitality Coordinator
    • Housekeeping Leader
    • Meeting or Event Coordinator
    • Reservation Specialist
    • Operations Specialist
    • Sales Manager
    • Spa Manager
    • Special Event Coordinator 
    • Tour Guide
  • 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
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    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

    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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  • Career Outcomes

    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates6135
      Number of Surveys Sent6135
      Number of Surveys Returned0103
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment072
      Percent Available for Employment77.80%100.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market33.30%50.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed072
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation061
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation85.70%50.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation011
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation14.30%50.00%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment000
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)03.93.5
      Number of Satisfaction Responses092
      Very Satisfied (4)081
      Percent Very Satisfied88.90%50.00%
      Satisfied (3)011
      Percent Satisfied11.10%50.00%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses0103
      Preparation for Getting a Job041
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job40.00%33.30%
      Career Change011
      Percent Career Change10.00%33.30%
      Improvement of Existing Skills020
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills20.00%0.00%
      Preparation for Further Education031
      Percent Preparation for Further Education30.00%33.30%
      Personal Interest000
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%0.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses072
      Before Enrollment000
      Percent Before Enrollment0.00%0.00%
      While Attending the College042
      Percent While Attending the College57.10%100.00%
      After Training at the College030
      Percent After Training at the College42.90%0.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses062
      In College District051
      Percent In College District83.30%50.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin011
      Percent Outside Wisconsin16.70%50.00%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count41
      Average Monthly Wage$3,317$3,182
      Average Hourly Wage$19.28$18.50
      Average Work Hours per Week4040
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count2
      Average Hourly Wage$15.25
      Average Work Hours per Week28.5
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Graduate HotelOperations LeadEvanstonIL

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