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Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $54,432.

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Human Resource Management
Program Number: 101162
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
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Delivery Method:
100% Online
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
60 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    What career is most critical to every business or company? Human Resources is a demanding field, but Madison College can prepare you. The Human Resource (HR) Management program at Madison College has many options to fit your lifestyle.

    The Human Resource (HR) Certificate (only 12 credits) is flexible for you to choose the basic knowledge such as payroll compensation, training and development, analysis and recruitment of staff jobs, and labor laws and employee relations.

    To obtain a higher leadership degree, the HR Management Associate degree will expand on those skills to include management techniques, finance, leadership, and effective human relations.

    With a few more credits, you can earn a double major with a Business Management Associate degree to make you highly educated in the world of business.

    Now is the time to obtain a degree that will get you into a career in the business world at a very low cost.

    Program Details

    • Students in the Human Resource Management program can attend full or part-time.
    • Focus on current developments in key HR functions.
    • Instructor insights into workplace challenges and opportunities for HR professionals.
    • Hands-on career training through in-class simulations and real-world application.
    • Build industry network through relationships with professional organizations such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

    Human Resource Management associate degree classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

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


    Earning your associate degree in the Human Resources Management program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work in: 

    • Recruiter 
    • Employment Verification Specialist 
    • HR Assistant 
    • Training Coordinator 

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

    • Compensation Specialist 
    • Job Analyst 
    • HR Manager 
    • Training Manager 
    • Labor Relations Specialist 
    • EEO Specialist

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    Classes are offered at convenient times and locations.
  • 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
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    Second Semester
    3 credits
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    Third Semester
    4 credits
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    Fourth Semester
    1 credit
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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.

    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 EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu 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) Human Resource Management major and to be awarded ALL Associate Degree credits toward the BBA Human Resource Management 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.
    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 human resource management program can transfer up to 59 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 Human Resource Management program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Create an organizational workforce plan.
    • Develop training programs.
    • Examine organizational total rewards programs.
    • Incorporate employment law into business practices.
    • Facilitate effective employee relations.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates232129
      Number of Surveys Sent232129
      Number of Surveys Returned141615
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment141613
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%100.00%86.70%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%0.00%6.70%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed141511
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%93.80%84.60%
      Employed in Related Occupation6127
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation42.90%80.00%63.60%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation734
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation50.00%20.00%36.40%
      Employed - No Response100
      Percent Employed - No Response7.10%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment012
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%6.30%15.40%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses141614
      Very Satisfied (4)698
      Percent Very Satisfied42.90%56.30%57.10%
      Satisfied (3)865
      Percent Satisfied57.10%37.50%35.70%
      Unsatisfied (2)011
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%6.30%7.10%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses141614
      Preparation for Getting a Job474
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job28.60%43.80%28.60%
      Career Change558
      Percent Career Change35.70%31.30%57.10%
      Improvement of Existing Skills211
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills14.30%6.30%7.10%
      Preparation for Further Education331
      Percent Preparation for Further Education21.40%18.80%7.10%
      Personal Interest000
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses131511
      Before Enrollment421
      Percent Before Enrollment30.80%13.30%9.10%
      While Attending the College564
      Percent While Attending the College38.50%40.00%36.40%
      After Training at the College476
      Percent After Training at the College30.80%46.70%54.50%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses12810
      In College District1288
      Percent In College District100.00%100.00%80.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin001
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%10.00%
      Employer Location Unknown001
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%10.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count6105
      Average Monthly Wage$3,275$4,052$4,536
      Average Hourly Wage$19.04$23.56$26.37
      Average Work Hours per Week41.741.142.5
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
      Average Hourly Wage$13.49
      Average Work Hours per Week26
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
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      IsolvedHCMDirector Of Customer SuccessLeft Blank
      Journey Mental Health CenterTalent Development Coordinator
      Options in Community LivingHuman Resources

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      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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