School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

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


One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 315021


The Cosmetology one-year technical diploma program at Madison College will train you in all things cosmetology, including barbering, nails and aesthetics. After completing the program, you will be ready to apply for your cosmetology practitioners license.

As a student, you will receive a kit that includes all equipment and supplies needed to complete this program as a part of your Theory 1 class fee. Approximate value of the supply kit is $2,400.

Program Details

Madison College's Cosmetology program is offered full time and provides 1584 hours of training.  

Classes run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cosmetology classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


To Apply

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

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • 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.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2017-2018 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.

Prior to start of program

First Semester

Second Semester

Summer Semester


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

  • Apply safety and sanitation procedures.
  • Adhere to the current Wisconsin administrative codes and statutes for cosmetology.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills for success.
  • Perform haircutting services.
  • Perform shampoo services.
  • Perform skin care services.
  • Perform texture services.
  • Perform hair color services.
  • Demonstrate hairstyling and finishing techniques.
  • Perform nail services.
  • Develop strategies to market products and services.



Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College's Cosmetology graduates top candidates. Graduates from this one-year technical diploma program are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of cosmetology, including:

  • Cosmetologist
  • Educational Director for a salon or manufacturer
  • Salon Manager
  • Hair/Makeup Stylist for theater and film
  • State Inspector/Examiner