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Human Services Associate
Program Number: 105203
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Law, Protective and Human Services
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
63 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    Get the skills needed to provide information, support, care and advocacy in a human service agency. Madison College's Human Services associate program will train you to work with individuals, groups and communities. You will learn to work with people of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

    General education courses included in the program teach you to better understand social problems. During the second year of the program, you will start a fieldwork placement in a human service agency. Travel to fieldwork sites is necessary and is your responsibility.

    A Caregiver Background Check is required for fieldwork placements. Information obtained from the Criminal History Check may affect your ability to secure a fieldwork placement and your ability to find employment after graduation. Some of the aptitudes and interests that are essential for human service students include emotional stability and maturity, an interest in working with people, and an appreciation of cultural competence and diversity.

    Human Services Associate Program Details

    Students in the Human Services Associate program can attend full or part time.

    Human Services Associate classes are offered at the Madison College Goodman South campus.


    The Human Services Associate program is recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services as a training program for substance abuse counselors. The program is also accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education preparing students for the Human Services – Board Certified Professional Credential.

    Careers in Human Services

    Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of human services including:

    • Case Manager
    • Community Support Worker
    • Substance Abuse Counselor in Training
    • Income Maintenance Worker
    • Information and Referral Specialist
    • Intake Worker
    • Outreach Worker
    • Prevention Worker
    • Resident Manager
    • Volunteer Coordinator

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as a Substance Abuse Counselor or Social Worker.

  • 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
    Third Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    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

    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.

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    Madison College female identifying students earning a Human Services Associate Degree with embedded Addiction Studies Technical Diploma will be able to apply their credits towards a Social Work Degree (BSW) at Alverno. Students will still need to apply to Alverno's BSW major. Students who complete their associate have met the requirements of the minor at Alverno. A minor is required of all Social Work majors. Thus, the associate degree can serve as replacement for the minor. Transferring courses must be completed with a 2.0 (C grade) or better to meet the terms of the transfer agreement.
    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 who receive a Human Services Associate Degree from Madison College will be guaranteed admission to Edgewood College within 5 years of completing Degree. Students will major in Sociology with a Human Service Concentration at Edgewood College.
    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.

    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 Services program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    1. Develop and maintain supportive, strength-based helping relationships that foster growth and problem solving in those being helped.
    2. Apply skills to the development of care and treatment plans and interventions.
    3. Demonstrate advocacy and professional and ethical standards.
    4. Provide services in a culturally competent manner.
    5. Develop respectful relationships with staff, clients, families and communities.
    6. Demonstrate effective oral communication with staff, clients and families.
    7. Communicate clearly in written reports.
    8. Write a grant to fulfill identified specific community needs.
    9. Demonstrate assessment and treatment knowledge and skills and strategies for people with substance abuse and mental health problems.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates142319
      Number of Surveys Sent142319
      Number of Surveys Returned91910
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment8159
      Percent Available for Employment88.90%78.90%90.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market11.10%15.80%10.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed7138
      Percent of Graduates Employed87.50%86.70%88.90%
      Employed in Related Occupation477
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation57.10%53.80%87.50%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation361
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation42.90%46.20%12.50%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment121
      Percent Seeking Employment12.50%13.30%11.10%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses91910
      Very Satisfied (4)7136
      Percent Very Satisfied77.80%68.40%60.00%
      Satisfied (3)264
      Percent Satisfied22.20%31.60%40.00%
      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 Responses91910
      Preparation for Getting a Job292
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job22.20%47.40%20.00%
      Career Change421
      Percent Career Change44.40%10.50%10.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills012
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%5.30%20.00%
      Preparation for Further Education342
      Percent Preparation for Further Education33.30%21.10%20.00%
      Personal Interest032
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%15.80%20.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%10.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses7138
      Before Enrollment152
      Percent Before Enrollment14.30%38.50%25.00%
      While Attending the College143
      Percent While Attending the College14.30%30.80%37.50%
      After Training at the College543
      Percent After Training at the College71.40%30.80%37.50%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses7138
      In College District6118
      Percent In College District85.70%84.60%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin010
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%7.70%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown110
      Percent Location Unknown14.30%7.70%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count246
      Average Monthly Wage$2,900$2,962$3,421
      Average Hourly Wage$16.86$17.22$19.89
      Average Work Hours per Week404441.7
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count21
      Average Hourly Wage$17.26$18.00
      Average Work Hours per Week32.514
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Grifols PlasmaDonor Center Technician
      Madison Area Technical CollegeStudent Support Assistant
      Madison Metropolitan School DistrictTutor/Coordinator
      RISE WisconsinFamily Support Specialist
      Safe CommunitiesPeer Specialist
      Sauk County Human ServicesMental Health TechnicianBaraboo
      Sunshine PlaceHousing Navagation SpecialistSun Prairie

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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Madison Truax Campus
Protective Services Building, 100

1701 Pearson Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704


  • Monday – Thursday 8 am - 5 pm
  • Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm