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IT-Software Quality Specialist
Program Number: 311528
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Information Technology
Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
30 Credits | Finish training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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$4,230.00 Tuition
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  • Program Overview

    The IT-Software Quality Specialist program will prepare you to verify and validate the quality of software and other operational platforms in an organization. You will develop the skills to:

    • write secure and testable scripts
    • plan, manage, and implement different types of testing methods
    • develop and perform manual and automated tests to verify quality of deployed systems
    • communicate testing analysis and results effectively

    The courses are presented using a hands-on approach. Students will explore the objects and concepts related to testing methodologies, relate system requirements and use cases to testing requirements, analyze software systems for test coverage, write software, utilize industry-standard tools for assessing quality, and design and develop automated testing tools.

    Students will gain an understanding of how quality relates to software development and the related costs and benefits of properly tested systems. You will understand the impact that quality assurance has on technology in today’s world of accelerated change. Career opportunities for skilled quality specialists exist in all areas of the country and are in high demand.

    Program Details

    Students in the IT-Software Quality Specialist program can attend full or part time.

    The core classes unique to the IT-Software Quality Specialist program are offered only online live.

    IT-Software Quality Specialist classes may be offered at this Madison College campuses:

    • Online
    • Madison – Goodman South

    ** note that if starting in Spring term, it may take 3 semesters to complete program. Courses core to the IT-Software Quality Specialist program will only be one time per year.


    Madison College IT-Software Quality Specialist graduates are ready for a range of professional positions including:

    • Software Quality Tester
    • QA Tester / QA Analyst
    • Automation Engineer
    • Automation Test Engineers


  • 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 Semester
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    4 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    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.

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022

    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
    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:

    Out-of-state residents

    • May only be considered after January 1 for the upcoming fall 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
    • Will be considered if a waitlist forms
    • Minnesota residents are considered non-district state residents for admission purposes

    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Notes

    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.

    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.

  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the IT-Software Quality Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Develop secure and testable scripts
    • Apply multiple testing methodologies to assess quality
    • Utilize industry standard testing tools and practices
    • Develop automated solutions to assess quality
Ready to get started?
Your first step is to apply to Madison College. It's easy and free to apply, so get started today!
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