MS Criminal Justice Degree Requirements
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The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree is earned upon successful completion of 30 credits: 15 credits of required core courses and 15 credits of electives.
Required Core Courses (15 credits)
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.
Refer to these resources for completing research papers:
For CRIMLJUS 7920: UW-Platteville Standards & Procedures for Approved Master's Seminar Papers and Educational Projects
For CRIMLJUS 7990: UW-Platteville Standards & Procedures for Approved Master's Theses
In addition to the core courses listed above, students are required to complete 15 credits of elective courses. With the help of your academic advisor, you will prepare a program plan that reflects your career goals in your chosen emphasis.
Criminal Justice Theory: This emphasis is appropriate for those who wish to continue graduate education in a Ph.D. program, teach at a two-year college, or embark on a career in governmental research.
Criminal Justice Management: This emphasis is appropriate for those seeking promotion to supervisory or administrative positions in a variety of criminal justice settings.
Victim and Offender Services: This emphasis is appropriate for those interested in working with crime victims, juveniles, probation and parole clients, or providing services in institutional or community-based settings.
Transfer of Graduate Courses
Contact the program director, Cheryl Banachowski-Fuller, for information regarding transfer of graduate courses.
SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES REQUIREMENTS
- All students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits.
- No more than 12 credits may be transferred from an external program, including other UW-Platteville graduate programs. All remaining graduate credits must be earned from UW-Platteville.
- Courses in the 5000-6000 levels are open to graduate students for graduate credit, provided the courses had not previously been taken at the undergraduate level.
- Graduate students must maintain a 3.00 grade point average.
- Graduate students are allowed seven years from the date of admission into a master’s program to complete degree requirements (extensions may be granted).
- Transfer of credits requires approval by faculty in the Criminal Justice Program and the Director of the School of Graduate Studies.
- Transfer credits will not be officially recorded until the student has successfully completed some graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and only courses where the student received a grade of B or higher will be accepted.
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