Culinary Arts

99%

Student Satisfaction

99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.

$30k

Annual Salary

Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $30,180.

89%

Job Placement

Within six months of graduation.

Associate Degree

Program Number: 103161

Credits: 64

Area of Study: Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $9,024.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
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$2,694.90
Other Costs
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$409.99
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Total Estimated Program Costs*:
Overview

The Culinary Arts associate degree program at Madison College offers you the opportunity to learn an industry that produces $400 billion in

annual sales in the United States. This program holds the key to landing positions as purchasing agents, general managers and executive chefs. 

Program Details

Culinary Arts 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 the Culinary program can attend full or part time.

Culinary Arts degree classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

Paul Short - Madison College Culinary Arts
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Admission

To Apply

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. 

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.eduor (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

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 and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

Transfer

Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.

Wisconsin Schools

Details
Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
Details
Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Details
Entering students who have completed Madison College general education courses with a grade of "C-" or better may apply them toward satisfying Stritch Liberal Arts requirements.
Details
A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
Details
Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
Details
Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
Details
Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.
Details
The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Non-Wisconsin Schools

Details
Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
Details
Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Details
Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
Details
A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
Details
Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
Details
Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
Outcomes

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

  • Apply principles of safety and sanitation in food service operations.
  • Apply principles of nutrition.
  • Demonstrate culinary skills.
  • Manage food service operations.
  • Plan menus.
  • Analyze food service financial information.
  • Relate food service operations to sustainability.
Careers

Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College Culinary Arts graduates top candidates. Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of culinary arts including:

  • Prep Cooks/Cooks
  • Line Cooks
  • Broiler Chefs or Garde Managers
  • Sous Chefs
  • Executive Chefs or Owner/Operators

Graduates of Madison College’s Culinary Arts program typically earn $18,500 to $35,000 per year.

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    201820192020
    Number of Program Graduates162215
    Number of Surveys Sent162215
    Number of Surveys Returned9157
    Percent of Surveys Returned56.3%68.2%46.7%
    Available for Employment9137
    Percent Available for Employment100.0%86.7%100.0%
    Not in Labor Market020
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.0%13.3%0.0%
    Available for Employment

    201820192020
    Graduates Employed9125
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%92.3%71.4%
    Employed in Related Occupation6124
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation66.7%100.0%80.0%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation301
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation33.3%0.0%20.0%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment012
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%7.7%28.6%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    201820192020
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.23.73.6
    Number of Satisfaction Responses9157
    Very Satisfied (4)4114
    Percent Very Satisfied44.4%73.3%57.1%
    Satisfied (3)443
    Percent Satisfied44.4%26.7%42.9%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)100
    Percent Very Unsatisfied11.1%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    201820192020
    Number of Primary Reason Responses9157
    Preparation for Getting a Job142
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job11.1%26.7%28.6%
    Career Change223
    Percent Career Change22.2%13.3%42.9%
    Improvement of Existing Skills561
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills55.6%40.0%14.3%
    Preparation for Further Education011
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.0%6.7%14.3%
    Personal Interest120
    Percent Personal Interest11.1%13.3%0.0%
    Other000
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    201820192020
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses8125
    Before Enrollment343
    Percent Before Enrollment37.5%33.3%60.0%
    While Attending the College420
    Percent While Attending the College50.0%16.7%0.0%
    After Training at the College162
    Percent After Training at the College12.5%50.0%40.0%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    201820192020
    Number of Employment Location Responses9125
    In College District8114
    Percent In College District88.9%91.7%80.0%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District110
    Percent of In Wisconsin11.1%8.3%0.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin001
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%0.0%20.0%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count5103
    Average Monthly Wage$2,587$2,666$2,515
    Average Hourly Wage$15.04$15.50$14.62
    Average Work Hours per Week45.047.942.7
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count11
    Average Hourly Wage$15.95$9.00
    Average Work Hours per Week25.020.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Buttercream Bakery Baker/Barista Lodi
    Driftless Cafe Chef Viroqua
    Fireside Theatre Cook Fort Atkinson
    Fox Heritage Farms Butcher Prairie du Sac
    Graft Restaurant Senior Line Cook
    Johnny B's Rolling Smoke LLC Owner Portage
    Old Rock Head Chef Kitchen Manager Columbus
    Rainbow Hospice Chef Johnson Creek
    SSM Health Culinary Supervisor
    The Old Rock Sous Chef Columbus
    Touchdown Tavern Chef/Owner Reedsburg
    UW - Madison Assistant Chef

    * - 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 jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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