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With an associate degree from Madison College in IT-Systems Administration Specialist, you will learn the fundamentals of operating systems support, networking and systems integration. You also will be challenged to learn Microsoft Windows system administration for both client and server systems, as well as other technologies valued by area employers.
You will gain the skills necessary to obtain key IT industry certifications such as:
- CompTIA A+
- Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
- VMware VCP
The skills you will gain in the classroom as well as your internship with an employer in the Madison area will prepare you for your career in information technology.
Students in the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program at Madison College can attend full or part time.
IT-Systems Administration Specialist classes classes are offered at our Madison Truax campus.
** note that if starting in Spring term, it may take 5 semesters to complete program. Courses core to the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program will only be offered during the daytime for students accepted in the Spring term.
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IT-Systems Administration Specialist graduates from Madison College are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of IT-Systems Administration including:
- Systems Administrator
- Technical Support Services
- Help Desk
- Networking Services and Installation
With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:
- Network Administrator
- Data Center Manager
- VMware vSphere Administrator
Typical job duties include installing, configuring and administering client and server systems including Microsoft Windows Server, Windows client, Linux and VMware vSphere. You will also be prepared to:
- Perform technical troubleshooting of computer systems and networks.
- Integrate the hardware and software required to support new initiatives.
- Install, maintain and troubleshoot Internet connectivity for services such as email, web and other Internet applications.
- Be responsible for critical system backups and plan for the restoration of computing services in the event of disasters.
- Demonstrate initiative as a member of an information technology team.
ResourcesBe job-ready!Learn how to install, configure and administer client and server systems.
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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 Semester10-103-1371 credit10-103-1361 credit10-107-1111 credit10-151-1021 credit10-150-1213 credits10-154-1843 credits10-801-1953 credits10-809-1993 creditsSecond SemesterThird SemesterFourth SemesterRecommended ElectivesElectives must be associate degree (10-level) or college transfer (20-level) 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.
Spring 2022 Application Dates
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is January 15, 2022
Fall 2022 Application Dates
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022
Spring 2023 Application Dates
- Application available on February 1, 2022
- Application completion deadline is January 15, 2023
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
Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:
- High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
- GED/HSED score report
- College transcript showing an associate degree or higher
3. Residency Requirement
Per Wisconsin Statute TCS-10, because this program has limited capacity and the application deadline is after January 1 for fall and/or after May 1 for spring:
- May only be considered after January 1 for the upcoming fall term and/or after May 1 for the upcoming spring term
- Will not be considered if a waitlist forms
Non-district state residents
- May only be considered after January 1 for the upcoming fall term and/or after May 1 for the upcoming spring term
- Will be considered if a waitlist forms
- Minnesota residents are considered non-district state residents for admission purposes
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 the 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.
Wisconsin 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.Entering students who have completed Madison College general education courses with a grade of "C-" or better may apply them toward satisfying Stritch Liberal Arts requirements.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.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.Students who complete the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program can transfer up to 65 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.
Non-Wisconsin 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.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.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.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.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.
After completing the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:
- Manage and support client operating systems
- Manage and support server operating systems
- Manage and support virtualization technologies
- Configure network and directory services
- Solve problems individually and in a team environment
- Develop scripts for IT automation
- Deploy, configure, and support services in a cloud environment
- Manage IT hardware and software
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2018 2019 2020 Number of Program Graduates 38 34 31 Number of Surveys Sent 38 33 31 Number of Surveys Returned 26 24 23 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 25 23 23 Percent Available for Employment 96.2% 95.8% 100.0% Not in Labor Market 1 1 0 Percent Not in Labor Market 3.8% 4.2% 0.0% Available for Employment
2018 2019 2020 Graduates Employed 21 21 22 Percent of Graduates Employed 84.0% 91.3% 95.7% Employed in Related Occupation 19 18 20 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 90.5% 85.7% 90.9% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 3 2 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 9.5% 14.3% 9.1% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Seeking Employment 4 2 1 Percent Seeking Employment 16.0% 8.7% 4.3% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.4 3.5 Number of Satisfaction Responses 26 24 23 Very Satisfied (4) 14 10 12 Percent Very Satisfied 53.8% 41.7% 52.2% Satisfied (3) 12 14 10 Percent Satisfied 46.2% 58.3% 43.5% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 1 Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 4.3% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Number of Primary Reason Responses 26 24 23 Preparation for Getting a Job 12 10 9 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 46.2% 41.7% 39.1% Career Change 9 8 12 Percent Career Change 34.6% 33.3% 52.2% Improvement of Existing Skills 2 3 1 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 7.7% 12.5% 4.3% Preparation for Further Education 2 2 1 Percent Preparation for Further Education 7.7% 8.3% 4.3% Personal Interest 1 1 0 Percent Personal Interest 3.8% 4.2% 0.0% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% When Employment was Obtained
2018 2019 2020 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 20 21 22 Before Enrollment 1 5 2 Percent Before Enrollment 5.0% 23.8% 9.1% While Attending the College 9 10 14 Percent While Attending the College 45.0% 47.6% 63.6% After Training at the College 10 6 6 Percent After Training at the College 50.0% 28.6% 27.3% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2018 2019 2020 Number of Employment Location Responses 21 21 22 In College District 18 18 20 Percent In College District 85.7% 85.7% 90.9% In Wisconsin, Not in District 3 2 1 Percent of In Wisconsin 14.3% 9.5% 4.5% Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 4.8% 0.0% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 1 Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 4.5% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 16 16 18 Average Monthly Wage $3,535 $3,862 $4,216 Average Hourly Wage $20.55 $22.46 $24.51 Average Work Hours per Week 40.7 41.7 40.8 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $15.00 Average Work Hours per Week 30.0
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions AE Business Solutions System Administrator City of Sun Prairie IT Network Administrator Sun Prairie Exact Sciences Desktop Support Engineer Fleetworthy Solutions IT Systems Supporr Fort Health & Rehabilitation Onsite Support Technician Fort Atkinson Forward Health Group System Administrator JBC Business Technologies Support Specialist Middleton MadCityTechs Computer Technician Monona Madison Metropolitan School District Student System Information Specialist Nelnet Diversified Solutions IT Service Analyst Nelnet Diversified Solutions IT Support Analyst New Vision Networks IT Consultant Randstad Technologies Help Desk Specialist Reedsburg Area Medical Center Computer Technician Reedsburg Regal Beloit IT Infrastructure Administrator Grafton State of Wisconsin Executive Staff Assistant Sun Prairie Area School District Technology Support Technician Sun Prairie Web Coursework Linux System Administrator
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