School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

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


Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101142


Finance relates to the management of, rather than the accounting for, monetary affairs. The Finance program at Madison College provides you the educational background and training required for entry positions in banks and credit unions, insurance companies, finance companies, real estate, financial planning, government or manufacturing enterprises.

Program Details

Students in the Finance program can attend full or part time.

Finance classes may be offered at the following Madison College campuses: 

  • Madison - Truax
  • Fort Atkinson 
  • Reedsburg 
  • Watertown

Portions of this program are offered online.



To Apply

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

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 2016-2017 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.

First Semester
Second Semester

3 credits

Third Semester
Fourth Semester

3 credits



3 Credits


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

  1. Make decisions based on sound financial analysis.
  2. Use financial calculator and spreadsheets as a tool for making planning, forecasting and scenario analysis decisions.
  3. Use and apply real-world economic data and events to forecast future financial movements.
  4. Understand and appreciate all of the interrelationships of the functional areas of a business, the overall mission of the entity, and how the employees must interact to achieve the company’s goals.
  5. Make decisions, be able to take a stand and support the position, and effectively communicate the process.
  6. Be a productive, cooperative and flexible team member.
  7. Implement creative problem-solving while maintaining high levels of ethics.
  8. Assume responsibility for lifelong learning.
  9. Apply critical thinking skills to develop new strategies and solutions.
  10. Demonstrate integrity, accountability and respect.

Completing the Finance Associate Degree program prepares you for valuable work as: 

  • Anaylist: Credit, Budget, Data or Business
  • Paraplanners/Financial Planning Assistant
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Personal Banker
  • Loan Coordinator
  • Vehicle Financing Specialist

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

  • Financial Planner/Advisor
  • Assistant/Branch Managers in banks, credit unions or other financial institutions