IT-Systems Administration Specialist
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Program Number: 101547
Area of Study: Information Technology
Financial Aid Available
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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.
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.IT: Computer Systems Administration Specialisthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWZ_-qT82HY
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.
- Attend an Advising, Application, Information & More (AAIM) 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.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC.
Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
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 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.
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 SchoolsDetailsStudents 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.DetailsPer 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.DetailsEntering 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.DetailsA 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.DetailsStudents 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.DetailsStudent 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.DetailsAny 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.DetailsThe 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.DetailsCourses that have been completed with a "D" or better may be acceptable to meet program requirements unless UW Stout major requires a higher acceptable grade. The maximum number of transferable credits is 72. Students will be required to meet UW S general education and major requirements.DetailsStudents who complete the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program can transfer up to 65 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.
Non-Wisconsin SchoolsDetailsStudents 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.DetailsPer 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.DetailsStudents 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.DetailsA 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.DetailsFranklin 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.DetailsStudents 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.
After completing the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:
- Manage and support client operating systems
- Manage and support server operating systems
- Manage and support virtualization technologies
- Configure network and directory services
- Solve problems individually and in a team environment
- Develop scripts for IT automation
- Deploy, configure, and support services in a cloud environment
- Manage IT hardware and software
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.
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2017 2018 2019 Number of Program Graduates 33 38 34 Number of Surveys Sent 32 38 33 Number of Surveys Returned 25 26 24 Percent of Surveys Returned 78.10% 68.40% 72.70% Available for Employment 24 25 23 Percent Available for Employment 96.00% 96.20% 95.80% Not in Labor Market 1 1 1 Percent Not in Labor Market 4.00% 3.80% 4.20% Available for Employment
2017 2018 2019 Graduates Employed 21 21 21 Percent of Graduates Employed 87.50% 84.00% 91.30% Employed in Related Occupation 17 19 18 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 81.00% 90.50% 85.70% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 4 2 3 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 19.00% 9.50% 14.30% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 3 4 2 Percent Seeking Employment 12.50% 16.00% 8.70% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2017 2018 2019 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.5 3.4 Number of Satisfaction Responses 23 26 24 Very Satisfied (4) 10 14 10 Percent Very Satisfied 43.50% 53.80% 41.70% Satisfied (3) 10 12 14 Percent Satisfied 43.50% 46.20% 58.30% Unsatisfied (2) 2 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 8.70% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfed (1) 1 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 4.30% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2017 2018 2019 Number of Primary Reason Responses 25 26 24 Preparation for Getting a Job 9 12 10 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 36.00% 46.20% 41.70% Career Change 11 9 8 Percent Career Change 44.00% 34.60% 33.30% Improvement of Existing Skills 1 2 3 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 4.00% 7.70% 12.50% Preparation for Further Education 4 2 2 Percent Preparation for Further Education 16.00% 7.70% 8.30% Personal Interest 0 1 1 Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 3.80% 4.20% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2017 2018 2019 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 21 20 21 Before Enrollment 3 1 5 Percent Before Enrollment 14.30% 5.00% 23.80% While Attending the College 11 9 10 Percent While Attending the College 52.40% 45.00% 47.60% After Training at the College 7 10 6 Percent After Training at the College 33.30% 50.00% 28.60% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2017 2018 2019 Number of Employment Location Responses 21 21 21 In College District 17 18 18 Percent In College District 81.00% 85.70% 85.70% In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 3 2 Percent of In Wisconsin 9.50% 14.30% 9.50% Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 1 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 4.80% Employer Location Unknown 2 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 9.50% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2017 2018 2019 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 14 16 16 Average Monthly Wage $3,460 $3,535 $3,862 Average Hourly Wage $20.12 $20.55 $22.46 Average Work Hours per Week 41.1 40.7 41.7 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2 1 Average Hourly Wage $35.88 $15.00 Average Work Hours per Week 21.7 30
- Graduate Employers
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions American Family Insurance Sales Business Systems Clifton Larson Allen IT Service Desk Analyst Middleton Covance Laboratories, Inc Deskside Technician Dane County District Attorney IT Specialist 2 Dean Health Systems Computer Engineer 2 Dell Technologies Analyst Enterprise Technician Draper UT Dept of Administration IT SharePoint System Administrator Hometown Pharmacy IT Specialist Rio Inoc LLC Network Operation Center Engineer Mad City Techs PC Repair Technician Monona Madison Area Technical College Information Technology Technician PDS Telephone IT Analyst PPD Development Associate Application Administrator 2 Middleton Spectrum Brands IT Security Administrator Middleton UW - Madison IT Systems Administrator Web Coursework System Administrator 2
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