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Criminal Justice MS (UW-Platteville)

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The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is a comprehensive multidisciplinary degree designed for criminal justice and social service professionals who:

  • Need additional knowledge and skills to advance to a higher-level position in their profession
  • Desire to teach at a community college or university
  • Seek an advanced degree as a prerequisite for entry into the criminal justice field

The program offers three distinct areas of emphasis:

Criminal Justice Theory: Designed for those who wish to position themselves for doctoral-level education or embark on a career in governmental research.

Criminal Justice Management: An effective path of study for those seeking promotion to supervisory or administrative positions in a variety of criminal justice settings.

Victim and Offender Services: A perfect fit for those interested in working with crime victims, juveniles, probation, and parole clients, or providing services in institutional or community-based settings.

To provide maximum flexibility while maintaining academic rigor, no campus visits, colloquia, or on-campus residencies are required, and you can log in to view course lectures and materials at times that are convenient for you.

The program's curriculum is reviewed annually by the Criminal Justice Department Advisory Board, who makes recommendations for new course developments to meet the challenging demands of the field. The board is comprised of faculty and supervisors employed with federal, state, and local law enforcement and corrections agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Wisconsin Department of Justice Training and Standards Bureau; and municipal police departments.

One of the major requirements for the degree is the successful completion of the Seminar Research Paper or Thesis Research as a capstone to your educational experience and a bridge to your future in the criminal justice field.

Total credits required for completion: 30

Admission Requirements

Applicants without a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, criminology, or a related discipline must have three years of work experience in the criminal justice field. To be considered for full admission, applicants should have:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution that meets UW-Systems standards and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). International degrees are evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above; or 2.90 on the last 60 credits from the degree-granting institution.
  • Students who do not qualify for admission in full standing may be admitted on trial enrollment. Trial enrollment admission status is to be used only in extraordinary cases. Admission as a trial enrollee must be justified by the admitting department and approved by the director of the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide a copy of their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL® Test) scoring report. Program admission requires a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based exam or 79 for the internet-based exam.

Degree-granting Institution


University of Wisconsin Platteville

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