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IT-Network Specialist
Program Number: 101502
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Information Technology
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
61 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    The Information Technology-Network Specialist program will prepare you to install, troubleshoot, and maintain computer networks.

    The IT-Network Specialist program is designed in on-going collaboration with local hiring managers and the Cisco Networking Academy.

    You will gain a working knowledge of networking devices such as routers and switches, as used in deployments for both Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs).  Additionally, you will gain first-hand experience planning, troubleshooting, and implementing wired networks, wireless networks, perimeter networks, Voice over IP (VoIP), and Software Defined Networking (SDN).

    Network Specialists are involved in all facets of network installation and management. Typical duties might include:

    • Evaluation and design of products/technologies to scale the network
    • Capacity management
    • Creation of software programs or scripts that aid in network automation, analysis and troubleshooting utilities
    • Securing the enterprise from the Internet
    • User administration and event log monitoring

    Program Details

    Students in MATC's IT-Network Specialist program can attend full or part time.

    IT-Network Specialist classes are offered at our Madison Truax campus.

    If you start this program in the spring semester it may take 5 semesters to complete and classes are only offered in the daytime.


    Madison College's IT-Network Specialist graduates are ready for a range of professional entry-level positions in the field of Network Specialist including:

    • Cable Installer-Voice/Data
    • Network Control Operator
    • Network Support Technician
    • Network Support Services
    • Network Technician
    • Network Specialist
    • Network Professional
    • Networking Services
    • Assistant LAN Manager
    • Assistant LAN Administrator
    • Assistant Network Administrator


    Get certified
    You will be prepared to earn these certifications
    • Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA)
    • Cisco Certified DevNet Associate
    • Cisco CCNA-Voice

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  • 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
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    Second Semester
    3 credits
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    Third Semester
    1 credit
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    Fourth Semester
    3 credits
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    Recommended Electives
    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.

    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. 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 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.

    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.
    Courses that have been completed with a "D" or better may be acceptable to meet program requirements unless UW Stout major requires a higher acceptable grade. The maximum number of transferable credits is 72. Students will be required to meet UW S general education and major requirements.
    This articulation agreement establishes a cooperative relationship between the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW-W) and Madison College effective for students starting the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)- Computer Science-Applied Computing Emphasis, in or after the fall 2022 term. Students transferring under the guidelines of this articulation agreement must successfully complete the Associate of Applied Science-Information Technology degree program in one of the following areas: Cybersecurity Specialist, Web Software Developer, Cloud DevOps Specialist, Network Specialist, or Systems Administration Specialist

    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.
    Students who complete the IT Network Specialist program can transfer up to 62 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 IT-Network Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Implement computer networks
    • Implement client systems
    • Implement server operating systems
    • Implement network security components
    • Develop technical documentation
    • Troubleshoot network systems
    • Implement programmability and flexibility on networks
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates212217
      Number of Surveys Sent212217
      Number of Surveys Returned111613
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment101513
      Percent Available for Employment90.90%93.80%100.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market9.10%6.30%0.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed81511
      Percent of Graduates Employed80.00%100.00%84.60%
      Employed in Related Occupation61510
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation75.00%100.00%90.90%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation201
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation25.00%0.00%9.10%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment202
      Percent Seeking Employment20.00%0.00%15.40%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses111613
      Very Satisfied (4)8119
      Percent Very Satisfied72.70%68.80%69.20%
      Satisfied (3)354
      Percent Satisfied27.30%31.30%30.80%
      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 Responses111613
      Preparation for Getting a Job668
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job54.50%37.50%61.50%
      Career Change445
      Percent Career Change36.40%25.00%38.50%
      Improvement of Existing Skills040
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%25.00%0.00%
      Preparation for Further Education010
      Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%6.30%0.00%
      Personal Interest110
      Percent Personal Interest9.10%6.30%0.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses81511
      Before Enrollment021
      Percent Before Enrollment0.00%13.30%9.10%
      While Attending the College697
      Percent While Attending the College75.00%60.00%63.60%
      After Training at the College243
      Percent After Training at the College25.00%26.70%27.30%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses71410
      In College District71410
      Percent In College District100.00%100.00%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin000
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count51310
      Average Monthly Wage$4,388$4,049$5,080
      Average Hourly Wage$25.51$23.54$29.53
      Average Work Hours per Week39.740.440.9
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
      Average Hourly Wage$20.00
      Average Work Hours per Week30
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Dept of AdministrationLevel 3 Help Desk Technician
      Dept of Military AffairsCybersecurity Specialist
      Exact SciencesTechnical Support Analyst
      Inoc LLCNOC Engineer
      Inoc LLCAIM Engineer
      Monona BankHelpdesk SpecialistMonona
      Mortgage Guaranty Insurance CompanySystems Engineering AnalystMilwaukee
      Network Engineering TechnologiesProject CoordinatorMiddleton
      TDSIT System Administrator 1
      TDSSecurity Administrator 1

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