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Individualized Technical Studies
Program Number: 108251
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
60 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    Do you have career goals that cannot be met by any single program at Madison College?

    The Individualized Technical Studies (ITS) program at Madison College is a flexible degree designed to help you reach your goals.

    Plan your own program with the help of a Madison College Academic Advisor and mentor from a business or industry that interests you. Together you will identify the skills required to achieve your goals.

    Your classes will include:

    • General education
    • Math
    • Science
    • Electives
    • Technical courses from up to two Madison College programs.

    Your program plan will include a minimum of 40 credits aligned with your career goals; 20 of those credits will be focused on one career cluster.

    60 to 70 credits are required to earn the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technical Studies. 

    As part of the admissions process, you will submit a portfolio for review by our ITS Student Advising Committee. We recommend that admission to the program be approved before completing the first 32 credits of your degree.

    Program Details

    Students in the ITS program can attend full or part time.

    ITS classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

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

    Program to be submitted and approved through the Individual Technical Studies program process with 60-70 credits to complete the degree.
    Individualized Technical Studies Courses (40-49 credits) as approved by committee
    Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 credit hours relevant to career goals. A minimum of 20 of these credits must be focused in one discipline.
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    40 credits
    General Education (15-30 credits)
    The courses below represent typical courses at the associate degree level. Additional general education courses, including those as the college transfer level may also be chosen. Running a (what-if) scenario degree progress report will display other course choices.
    First Communication Course Requirement
    Possible choices with final choice approved by committee.
    3 credits
    Second Communication Course Requirement
    Possible choices with final choice approved by committee.
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Social Science Course Requirements
    Possible choices with final choice approved by committee.
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Behavioral Science (Psychology) Course Requirements
    Possible choices with final choice approved by committee.
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Math/Science Course Requirements
    Possible choices with final choice approved by committee.
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    Additional General Studies Courses
    Possible choices with final choice approved by committee.
    Choose from the courses listed under the above general education requirements.
    Electives (0-6 credits)
    Students may complete up to six credit hours of electives relevant to career goals. You may utilize your electives to take additional technical courses.
  • 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

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024

    Spring 2025

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

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admissions 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  transcript (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.

    Note: Applicants must work with an occupational advisor from business/industry and a Madison College advisor to develop a portfolio that identifies the applicant’s career goals and program outcomes. The proposed program of study must then be reviewed and approved by an ad hoc Individualized Technical Studies Degree Committee composed of deans and faculty from the related areas as well as an academic advisor. For assistance with the development of your portfolio, please contact

    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 Enrollment Services 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.

    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.

    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.
    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

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