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Technical Diploma

Program Number: 315021

Credits: 49

Area of Study: Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness

Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $6,806.10
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

The Cosmetology 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 a class fee.

Student Cutting Hair in Tru Style Salon

Program Details

Madison College's Cosmetology students attend class full-time during the day, Monday through Friday.

Cosmetology classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.


To Apply

After Acceptance

Once you have been admitted into your program, complete the Next Steps after Program Acceptance to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


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 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.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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

  • Perform shampoo, haircut, and style services
  • Perform skin care services
  • Perform chemical services
  • Perform nail services
  • Develop business practices for industry success
MATC Student triming hair in a salon

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
  • Hair/Makeup Stylist for theater and film
  • Manicurist
  • Esthetician
  • Platform Artist
  • Educational Director for a salon or manufacturer

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates224119
    Number of Surveys Sent214119
    Number of Surveys Returned131915
    Percent of Surveys Returned61.90%46.30%78.90%
    Available for Employment121815
    Percent Available for Employment92.30%94.70%100.00%
    Not in Labor Market110
    Percent Not in Labor Market7.70%5.30%0.00%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed121713
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%94.40%86.70%
    Employed in Related Occupation111610
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation91.70%94.10%76.90%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation112
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation8.30%5.90%15.40%
    Employed - No Response001
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%7.70%
    Seeking Employment012
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%5.60%13.30%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses131915
    Very Satisfied (4)1086
    Percent Very Satisfied76.90%42.10%40.00%
    Satisfied (3)2109
    Percent Satisfied15.40%52.60%60.00%
    Unsatisfied (2)110
    Percent Unsatisfied7.70%5.30%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses131915
    Preparation for Getting a Job5118
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job38.50%57.90%53.30%
    Career Change653
    Percent Career Change46.20%26.30%20.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills110
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills7.70%5.30%0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education010
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%5.30%0.00%
    Personal Interest114
    Percent Personal Interest7.70%5.30%26.70%
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses121512
    Before Enrollment010
    Percent Before Enrollment0.00%6.70%0.00%
    While Attending the College271
    Percent While Attending the College16.70%46.70%8.30%
    After Training at the College10711
    Percent After Training at the College83.30%46.70%91.70%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses121713
    In College District111610
    Percent In College District91.70%94.10%76.90%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District002
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%15.40%
    Outside of Wisconsin110
    Percent Outside Wisconsin8.30%5.90%0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown001
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%7.70%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count5106
    Average Monthly Wage$1,420 $1,624 $1,519
    Average Hourly Wage$8.26 $9.44 $8.83
    Average Work Hours per Week37.440.239.7
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count653
    Average Hourly Wage$8.92 $11.21 $9.00
    Average Work Hours per Week29.523.731.3
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Be Inspired Cosmetologist
    Cost Cutters Cosmetologist
    CV Hair Company Hairstylist Lake Mills
    Duncan Edward Cosmetologist
    Escapade Salon Stylist
    Julia Grace Salon Hairstylist
    Self-Employed Hairstylist
    Turning Heads Salon & Gift Boutique Hairstylist Waunakee
    Union Hair Parlor Stylist

    * - 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