School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

Truax A2105
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6800
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6800

2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-4169
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 4169


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IT-Systems Administration Specialist

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101547


With an associate degree from Madison College in IT-Systems Administration Specialist, you will learn the fundamentals of operating systems support, networking and systems integration. You also will be challenged to learn Microsoft Windows system administration for both client and server systems, as well as other technologies valued by area employers

You will gain the skills necessary to obtain key IT industry certifications such as:

  • CompTIA A+
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) 
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  • VMware VCP

The skills you will gain in the classroom as well as your internship with an employer in the Madison area will prepare you for your career in information technology. 

Program Details

IT-Systems Administration Specialist 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 own career path.

Students in the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program at Madison College can attend full or part time.

IT-Systems Administration Specialist 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.

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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.


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.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester



3 credits

Fourth Semester



3 credits

Recommended Electives

Electives must be associate degree (10-level) or college transfer (20-level) courses.


After completing the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Troubleshoot personal computer systems.
  • Install and configure Microsoft Windows client operating systems.
  • Troubleshoot Microsoft Windows client operating systems.
  • Install and configure Microsoft Windows Server operating systems
  • Troubleshoot Microsoft Windows Server operating systems.
  • Establish an Active Directory environment on Microsoft Windows Server.
  • Configure basic TCP/IP networking services on Microsoft Windows.
  • Install, configure and troubleshoot network operating systems.
  • Solve problems individually and in a team environment.

IT-Systems Administration Specialist graduates from Madison College are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of IT-Systems Administration including:

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
  • Systems Administrator
  • Technical Support Services
  • Help Desk
  • Networking Services and Installation

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

  • Network Administrator
  • Data Center Manager
  • VMware vSphere Administrator
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

Typical job duties include installing, configuring and administering client and server systems including Microsoft Windows Server, Windows client, Linux and VMware vSphere. You will also be prepared to:

  • Perform technical troubleshooting of computer systems and networks.
  • Integrate the hardware and software required to support new initiatives.
  • Install, maintain and troubleshoot Internet connectivity for services such as email, web and other Internet applications.
  • Be responsible for critical system backups and plan for the restoration of computing services in the event of disasters.
  • Demonstrate initiative as a member of an information technology team.