IT-Systems Administration Specialist

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101547

Overview

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.

** note that if starting in Spring term, it may take 5 semesters to complete program.
Courses core to the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program will only be offered during the daytime for students accepted in the Spring term.

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

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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.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 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.

Outcomes

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.
Careers

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.

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    64
    Tuition
    $8736.00
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $1291.96
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $10027.96
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 33 33 38
    Number of Surveys Sent 33 32 38
    Number of Surveys Returned 21 25 26
    Percent of Surveys Returned 63.60% 78.10% 68.40%
    Available for Employment 21 24 25
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 96.20%
    Not in Labor Market 0 1 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 4.20% 3.80%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 18 21 21
    Percent of Graduates Employed 85.70% 87.50% 84.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 15 17 19
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 83.30% 81.00% 90.50%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 3 4 2
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 16.70% 19.00% 9.50%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 3 3 4
    Percent Seeking Employment 14.30% 12.50% 16.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.3 3.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 21 23 26
    Very Satisfied 7 10 14
    Percent Very Satisfied 33.30% 43.50% 53.80%
    Satisfied 13 10 12
    Percent Satisfied 61.90% 43.50% 46.20%
    Unsatisfied 1 2 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 4.80% 8.70% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 1 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 4.30% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 21 25 26
    Preparation for Getting a Job 9 9 12
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 42.90% 36.00% 46.20%
    Career Change 7 11 9
    Percent Career Change 33.30% 44.00% 34.60%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 3 1 2
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 14.30% 4.00% 7.70%
    Preparation for Further Education 2 4 2
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 9.50% 16.00% 7.70%
    Personal Interest 0 0 1
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 3.80%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 18 21 20
    Before Enrollment 3 3 1
    Percent Before Enrollment 16.70% 14.30% 5.00%
    While Attending the College 11 11 9
    Percent While Attending the College 61.10% 52.40% 45.00%
    After Training at the College 4 7 10
    Percent After Training at the College 22.20% 33.30% 50.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 18 21 21
    In College District 16 17 18
    Percent In College District 88.90% 81.00% 85.70%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 2 3
    Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 9.50% 14.30%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 5.60% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 2 0
    Percent Location Unknown 5.60% 9.50% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 13 14 16
    Average Monthly Wage $3,942 $3,460 $3,535
    Average Hourly Wage $22.92 $20.12 $20.55
    Average Work Hours per Week 40.8 41.1 40.7
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 2 1
    Average Hourly Wage $11.00 $35.88 $15.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 20 21.7 30
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 59 3
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 13 0
    Total Jobs 72 3
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Arms Business Solutions Senior Support Specialist
    Columbia County Infrastructure Support Specialist Portage
    Community Living Alliance IT Junior Administrator
    Dave Jones Inc IT Specialist
    DeForest School District IT Technology Technician DeForest
    Eyekor Inc Network Administrator
    INOC Operations Support
    Inspiro Technical Support Engineer
    Janesville School District System Administrator Janesville
    Ramaker & Associates Technology Support Specialist Sauk City
    State of Wisconsin - Division Of Enterprise Technology Desktop Support Specialist II
    TekSystems Desktop Engineering Consultant
    Total Administration Services Corp Technical Support 1
    Ubreakifix Technician
    University Bookstore Network Administrator
    UW Health Clinic Information Analyst-Pharmacy
    Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation IT Support Technician

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - 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 techconnect@madisoncollege.edu