Accounting

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101011

Overview

The Accounting program at Madison College provides you the educational background and training required for entry-level positions in:

  • Private business and industry
  • Governmental agencies
  • Public accounting firms

Work experience and professional development will provide you the necessary qualifications for advanced positions in the field of accounting.

Keyboard skills and computer literacy are required for Madison College’s Accounting program.

Program Details

Accounting is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree and a technical diploma. Both will prepare you for a good job and with the associate degree, you can transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.    

Students in MATC's Accounting program can attend full or part time.

Accounting classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses: 

  • Madison - Truax
  • Fort Atkinson
  • Portage
  • Reedsburg
  • Watertown

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Accounting


Admission

To Apply

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

Outcomes

After completing the Accounting program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Process financial transactions throughout the accounting cycle
  • Analyze financial and business information to support planning and decision-making
  • Perform payroll preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks
  • Perform cost accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks
  • Perform individual and/or organizational tax accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks
  • Identify internal controls to reduce risk
Careers

Employers throughout the Madison area consider Madison College accounting graduates top candidates. Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of accounting including:

  • Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
  • Bookkeeper/Payroll Clerk
  • Cost Accountant
  • Public Accountant
  • Staff Accountant
  • Tax Accountant
  • Account Manager
  • Account Specialist
  • Payroll Accountant

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Auditor
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Comptroller
  • Treasurer
  • Trust Officer

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    60
    Tuition
    $8334.30
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $971.23
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $9305.53
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 62 60 59
    Number of Surveys Sent 62 60 59
    Number of Surveys Returned 44 44 30
    Percent of Surveys Returned 71.00% 73.30% 50.80%
    Available for Employment 40 44 27
    Percent Available for Employment 90.90% 100.00% 90.00%
    Not in Labor Market 4 0 3
    Percent Not in Labor Market 9.10% 0.00% 10.00%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 37 42 26
    Percent of Graduates Employed 92.50% 95.50% 96.30%
    Employed in Related Occupation 27 33 21
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 73.00% 78.60% 80.80%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 8 8 4
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 21.60% 19.00% 15.40%
    Employed - No Response 2 1 1
    Percent Employed - No Response 5.40% 2.40% 3.80%
    Seeking Employment 3 2 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 7.50% 4.50% 3.70%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.4 3.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 44 44 30
    Very Satisfied 20 19 16
    Percent Very Satisfied 45.50% 43.20% 53.30%
    Satisfied 22 24 14
    Percent Satisfied 50.00% 54.50% 46.70%
    Unsatisfied 1 1 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 2.30% 2.30% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 1 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 2.30% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 44 44 30
    Preparation for Getting a Job 16 17 12
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 36.40% 38.60% 40.00%
    Career Change 15 14 11
    Percent Career Change 34.10% 31.80% 36.70%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 7 6 1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 15.90% 13.60% 3.30%
    Preparation for Further Education 3 5 5
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 6.80% 11.40% 16.70%
    Personal Interest 3 2 1
    Percent Personal Interest 6.80% 4.50% 3.30%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 35 41 23
    Before Enrollment 8 9 5
    Percent Before Enrollment 22.90% 22.00% 21.70%
    While Attending the College 13 12 9
    Percent While Attending the College 37.10% 29.30% 39.10%
    After Training at the College 14 20 9
    Percent After Training at the College 40.00% 48.80% 39.10%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 37 42 27
    In College District 30 36 22
    Percent In College District 81.10% 85.70% 81.50%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 3 4 3
    Percent of In Wisconsin 8.10% 9.50% 11.10%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 2.40% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 4 1 2
    Percent Location Unknown 10.80% 2.40% 7.40%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 21 28 18
    Average Monthly Wage $2,991 $3,208 $3,380
    Average Hourly Wage $17.39 $18.65 $19.65
    Average Work Hours per Week 42.5 41.6 41.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 3 4 3
    Average Hourly Wage $13.25 $17.69 $20.68
    Average Work Hours per Week 26.7 24.5 27.3
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 304 1,085
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 55 423
    Total Jobs 359 1,508
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    AJ Restaurant Accounting LLC Accounts Payable Specialist
    AJ Restaurant Accounting LLC Financial Accountant
    Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Accounts Payable Specialist
    Fort Atkinson Area Chamber Of Commerce Executive Assistant/Office Manager Fort Atkinson
    Ho-Chunk Nation Accountant
    Infinity High Purity Systems Bookkeeper/Operations Manager Sun Prairie
    Jaeckle Distributors Accounts Receivable Specialist
    Joe Seep & Sons Plumbing, Electrical & Excavating Secretary/Bookkeeper Reedsburg
    LocknCharge Accounts Payable Specialist
    LocknCharge Accounts Receivable Specialist
    Rocky Rococo Corporation Accounting Assistant
    Silgan Containers Accounting Assistant Oconomowoc
    Small Business Accounting Solutions LLC Accounting Assistant Brookfield
    Sorge CPA & Business Advisors Accountant Monona
    Statz Corp Accounting Assistant Cross Plains
    UnityPoint Health Payroll Specialist
    UW Medical Foundation Centennial Building Financial Specialist Senior
    UW System Administration Accountant
    UW-Madison Biochemistry Financial Specialist
    Villard & Associates Accountant

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

    **** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at techconnect@madisoncollege.edu