School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
FAX: (608) 243-4754


Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101011


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 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

Portions of this program are offered online.



To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

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. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester

4 credits

3 credits

Third Semester

3 credits

Fourth Semester

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

  1. Process financial transactions throughout the accounting cycle.
  2. Analyze financial and business information to support planning and decision making.
  3. Perform payroll preparation, reporting and analysis tasks.
  4. Perform cost accounting preparation, reporting and analysis tasks.
  5. Perform individual and/or organizational tax accounting preparation, reporting and analysis tasks.
  6. Identify internal controls to reduce risk.

Prospective employers throughout Madison 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