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.

Student Cutting Hair in Tru Style Salon

Program Details

Madison College's Cosmetology program classes are offered full time providing you 1615 hours of training. 

Cohorts beginning in the spring and summer semesters attend classes Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. over three semesters. 

Cohorts beginning in the fall attend classes in the evening and on Saturdays over four semesters.  

Cosmetology classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

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


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 have been admitted in a pre-petition status, your next step is to complete the Cosmetology Petition Requirements.


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


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 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.

Prior to start of program

First Semester

Second Semester

Third 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.

MATC Student triming hair in a salon


Student selecting hair color options at MATC salonEmployers 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