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Milwaukee Area Technical College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn what degree, certificate and training programs Milwaukee Area Technical College offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) was founded as the Milwaukee Continuation School in 1912 with the mission to provide quality technical education to residents of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the surrounding areas. Over 100 years later, MATC provides more than 200 programs to a student body of approximately 20,000. This metropolitan campus is located in the heart of Wisconsin's largest city, with three additional campuses in the surrounding suburbs of West Allis, Mequon and Oak Creek.


This school is divided into six academic divisions, each with certificate, apprenticeship and/or associate's degree opportunities. The business division offers nearly 90 programs touching upon diverse areas of management, information technology, culinary arts and more. The pre-college division offers courses and programs designed to ensure students have the basic requirements needed to enroll in college, such as a diploma or GED. Students who plan to transfer to a 4-year institution can earn transferable credits from the liberal arts and sciences division. Other divisions include media and creative arts, technology and applied sciences, and health sciences.

MATC provides a number of other opportunities to connect potential students with career-focused training. In addition to four physical campuses, MATC offers online and evening courses to accommodate working adults and six degrees can be earned entirely online. A 2009 grant to the school created the Pathways to Construction Trades, or PACT, which allows 120 students to learn introductory skills in construction. Students also gain hands-on experience through over 40 student organizations and an on-campus newspaper, MATC Times.


MATC has open admissions, and students who are not seeking financial aid or pursuing a full degree or certificate program can simply register for courses online. Those wishing to enroll in a program, however, must follow the full admissions process. This includes submitting a non-refundable application fee and an application. Some programs require a criminal background check, which costs an additional $20. Applications must be accompanied by a high school transcript.

High-demand programs at MATC may have waitlists. Students must meet the program requirements before being placed on that program's wait list. In 2012, the baking and pastry arts and physical therapy assistant programs had wait lists as long as three years. The list of waitlisted courses and programs is updated regularly.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition is calculated on a per-credit basis, so the cost of attending MATC varies by program and courseload. MATC estimated the tuition cost for a student enrolled in an associate's degree or diploma program and taking 12 credits would be $1,592.32 per semester for the 2012-2013 school year. The same student attending the college transfer program was estimated to pay approximately $500 more. For each student, a number of different fees are assessed on a per-semester or even per-credit basis, including $6.75 per semester for the Campus Card and $3.80 per-credit transportation surcharge. Students who are not Wisconsin residents pay an additional fee.

In addition to traditional funding sources, MATC provides financial assistant through the MATC Foundation. The foundation accepts donations from a number of sources and then disburses these funds to students who qualify. The foundation also administers an emergency fund, which is provided to students who are at risk of dropping out of the school due to extreme financial hardship.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 19,480 undergraduates in Fall 2011*
Student Housing None*
Schools and Programs Over 200 degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs offered through six academic divisions**
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients in 2010-2011) Less-than-one-year certificate: Nursing Assistant (337)
1-2 year certificate: Practical/Vocational Nursing (111)
Associate's: Registered Nursing/Nursing Administration (131)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (beginning 2007) 9% in normal program time
18% in one and a half times normal program time
21% in twice normal program time*
Entering Class Size 2,557 full- and part-time students in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates (began Fall 2010, returned in 2011) 50% for full-time and
47% for part-time students*
Application Due Date July 31 for application
August 7 for related fees and transcripts (may vary by year)**
Tuition (2011-2012) $3,819 in-state estimate per year
$5,497 out-of-state estimate per year*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it in 2010-2011) Federal grants (62%), state and local grants (51%), federal student loans (52%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid in 2010-2011 73%*

Sources: *National Council for Education Statistics, **Milwaukee Area Technical College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 700 W. State St., Milwaukee, WI 53233
  • Phone: 414-297-6282
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