School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m - 4:30 p.m. 

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

Business Management

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101023


The Business Management associate degree program at Madison College will give you the skills needed to supervise or manage a department or business. Get real-world insights from our instructors as they prepare you to meet the challenges of today’s business climate. 

MATC Business Management Students Studying

Once admitted to the Business Management program, you may choose to double major in Human Resource Management or Finance with one or two more semesters of study. If you want to double major, consult an academic advisor first. 

Once you earn your Business Management associate degree here, you can transfer to a four-year institution and earn your bachelor's degree.

Program Details

Students in the Business Management program can attend full or part time. Start classes in September, October, January, March or June. 

Business Management classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

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

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

All courses for this program are offered online and in person.

Your Advantage at Madison College

Learn from faculty members who have years of business experience.

  • Courses focus on active learning through simulations, cases and sharing of business experiences–not on passive textbook learning.
  • Courses are offered online, face-to-face or 8-week accelerated delivery.
  • Full-time or part-time options are available.
  • Career pathways available to double major in Human Resources and transfer to four-year institutions.

To Apply

  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

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.



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.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester


Students must complete six total credits from one of the Business-Related Emphasis Areas listed below. Three credits should be completed during third semester and three credits should be completed during fourth semester. See below for course options.

3 credits

Fourth Semester

3 credits


Students must complete six total credits from one of the Business-Related Emphasis Areas listed below. Three credits should be completed during third semester and three credits should be completed during fourth semester. See below for course options.

3 credits

Business-Related Emphasis Areas

Students must complete six total credits from one of the Business-Related Emphasis Areas.

Accounting Emphasis Area Course Options

4 credits

AgriBusiness Emphasis Area Course Options

Finance Emphasis Area Course Options

Human Resources Emphasis Area Course Options

Marketing Emphasis Area Course Options

Medical Administrative Emphasis Area Course Options

Microsoft Skills Emphasis Area Course Options

1 credits

1 credits

Project Management Emphasis Area Course Options

Real Estate Emphasis Area Course Options

Risk Management & Insurance Emphasis Area Course Options

Small Business Emphasis Area Course Options

No Emphasis Area Course Options

Students who do not choose one of the above-listed Business-Related Emphasis Areas must complete Employment Law and 3 credits of Electives



3 credits


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

  • Plan the operations of a business across functional areas.
  • Organize resources to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Direct individuals and/or processes to meet organizational goals.
  • Control business processes.

Graduates with an associate degree in Business Management from Madison College are ready for a range of professional positions, such as: 

  • Manager
  • Manager Associate
  • Operational Manager
  • Management Trainee
  • Process Supervisor
  • Supervisor

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

  • Billing Specialist
  • Financial Specialist
  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Owner/Entrepreneur
  • Personal Banker

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    Other Costs
    Total Program Costs:
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 69 68 97
    Number of Surveys Sent 69 68 94
    Number of Surveys Returned 43 51 56
    Percent of Surveys Returned 62.30% 75.00% 59.60%
    Available for Employment 40 51 53
    Percent Available for Employment 93.00% 100.00% 94.60%
    Not in Labor Market 3 0 3
    Percent Not in Labor Market 7.00% 0.00% 5.40%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 40 50 51
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 98.00% 96.20%
    Employed in Related Occupation 26 31 36
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 65.00% 62.00% 70.60%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 14 19 15
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 35.00% 38.00% 29.40%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 1 2
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 2.00% 3.80%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.3 3.4
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 43 51 56
    Very Satisfied 19 18 26
    Percent Very Satisfied 44.20% 35.30% 46.40%
    Satisfied 24 30 29
    Percent Satisfied 55.80% 58.80% 51.80%
    Unsatisfied 0 2 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 3.90% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 1 1
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 2.00% 1.80%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 43 51 56
    Preparation for Getting a Job 11 11 14
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 25.60% 21.60% 25.00%
    Career Change 4 9 7
    Percent Career Change 9.30% 17.60% 12.50%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 11 18 23
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 25.60% 35.30% 41.10%
    Preparation for Further Education 13 11 9
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 30.20% 21.60% 16.10%
    Personal Interest 4 2 2
    Percent Personal Interest 9.30% 3.90% 3.60%
    Other 0 0 1
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 1.80%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 40 50 50
    Before Enrollment 20 18 23
    Percent Before Enrollment 50.00% 36.00% 46.00%
    While Attending the College 8 17 10
    Percent While Attending the College 20.00% 34.00% 20.00%
    After Training at the College 12 15 17
    Percent After Training at the College 30.00% 30.00% 34.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 40 50 51
    In College District 26 39 37
    Percent In College District 65.00% 78.00% 72.50%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 7 9 8
    Percent of In Wisconsin 17.50% 18.00% 15.70%
    Outside of Wisconsin 3 1 2
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 7.50% 2.00% 3.90%
    Employer Location Unknown 4 1 4
    Percent Location Unknown 10.00% 2.00% 7.80%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 19 27 28
    Average Monthly Wage $4,168 $3,316 $3,486
    Average Hourly Wage $24.23 $19.28 $20.27
    Average Work Hours per Week 43.1 42.5 43.8
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 3 1 4
    Average Hourly Wage $15.50 $73.85 $19.52
    Average Work Hours per Week 25.8 25 24.6
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 222 678
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 27 162
    Total Jobs 249 840
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Adams Columbia Elec Coop Systems Manager Of Operations Friendship
    Aurora St Luke's Medical Center Hyperbaric Safety Director Milwaukee
    Cigar Factory Pensacola Marketing Manager Pensacola FL
    Cl&D Graphics R&D Manager Oconomowoc
    DXC Call Center Supervisor
    Epic Systems Corp Administrative Assistant Verona
    Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Event & Marketing Coordinator Sun Prairie
    Fed Ex Ground Operations Manager
    Focal Flame Photography Operations Manager
    Frank Beverage Group Area Sales Manager Middleton
    Gollon Bait and Fish Farm Fish Farming Assistant Dodgeville
    Goyer Ace Administrative Assistant Fort Atkinson
    Hy Cite Corporation Information Security Risk Specialist
    Independent Pharmacy Cooperative Member Service Representative Sun Prairie
    Kalahari Resort & Convention Center Supervisor Wisconsin Dells
    Kwik Trip Assistant Store Leader
    Lake Mills Market Assistant Bakery Manager Lake Mills
    OneNeck IT Solutions Data Center Technician-Projects Fitchburg
    Private Individuals Auto Auctioneer Jefferson
    QBE Insurance Human Resources Administrative Assistant Sun Prairie
    Ridgetop Exteriors Administrative Assistant
    Riverbend Apartments Property Manager
    Rocky Rococo Corporation Manager
    Russ Darrow Madison Mazda Office Administrator
    SC Swiderski Site Manager Mosinee
    Sheltered Wings Inc Human Resources Business Partner Middleton
    Specialty Ingredients Office Manager Watertown
    Thermastor Buyer
    Total Administration Services Corp Payroll Coordinator
    Total Administration Services Corp Processing Assistant
    Vendura Industries Sales Manager
    Walgreens Distribution Center Group Supervisor Windsor
    Windsor Building Systems Assistant Plant Manager

    * - 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.

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Flexible Learning Options

You can choose from a variety of flexible learning options, including accelerated (8 weeks), online, hybrid and full-semester courses. Out-of-state students can complete the Business Management program completely online without paying out-of-state tuition.