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Essentials of Microsoft Office
Program Number: 901031CERT
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100% Online
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
6 Credits | Finish in 1 semester
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  • Program Overview

    Madison College developed the Essentials of Microsoft Office program to help you get hired, earn a promotion, or update your skills for work in today's modern offices. Completing the Essentials of Microsoft Office certificate at Madison College will prepare you to become certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist.

    Program Details

    Students in the Essentials of Microsoft Office certificate can attend part-time, and some courses are also available in a bilingual format.

    Essentials of Microsoft Office certificate classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
    • Madison - South (bilingual version)


    Madison College's Essentials of Microsoft Office certificate graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of administration, including:

    • Word Processing Specialist
    • Secretarial Assistant
    • Program Assistant
    • Clerical Assistant
    • Office Assistant
    • Document Specialist
    • Administrative Clerk
    • Customer Service Representative
    • Office Support Assistant
    • Data Entry Operator
    • Information Assistant
  • 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.

    Required Courses
    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
  • Admission

    Earning a certificate is a great way to expand your skill set, and it adds professionalism to a resume. Applications are always open, so apply today!

    To Apply

    There are no admission requirements for this certificate, simply submit your application by the deadline for each term.

    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.

    Fall Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is October 15, 2024

    Spring Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2024
    • Application completion deadline is March 15, 2025

    Additional Notes

    • Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid
    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis
    • Students who have already completed the certificate coursework at the time of application will receive the certificate diploma at the end of the term of application

    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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    Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your Essentials of Microsoft Office career.

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