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
- 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.
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
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 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 committeeStudents 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.Individualized Technical Studies Course Placeholder40 creditsGeneral 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 RequirementPossible choices with final choice approved by committee.Second Communication Course RequirementPossible choices with final choice approved by committee.Social Science Course RequirementsPossible choices with final choice approved by committee.10-809-1033 credits10-809-1223 credits10-809-1663 credits10-809-1723 credits10-809-1953 credits10-809-1973 creditsBehavioral Science (Psychology) Course RequirementsPossible choices with final choice approved by committee.Math/Science Course RequirementsPossible choices with final choice approved by committee.10-804-1073 credits10-804-1233 credits10-804-1343 credits10-804-1443 credits10-806-1054 credits10-806-1344 credits10-806-1544 credits10-806-1774 credits10-806-1794 credits10-806-1864 credits10-806-1974 creditsAdditional General Studies CoursesPossible 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.
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 open
- Application completion deadline is January 15, 2024
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024
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 SAA@madisoncollege.edu.
- 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.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
UW System SchoolsThe 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 SchoolsA 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 SchoolsStudents 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.
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Individualized Technical Studies
Program Number: 108251
Area of Study:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
60 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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