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)

CRIMLJUS 7030 Criminal Justice Systems 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 7230 Criminological Theory 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 7330 Law as Social Control 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 7130 Criminal Justice Research & Statistical Methods or... 3 cr 
CRIMLJUS 7730 Evaluation and Program Analysis in Criminal Justice  
CRIMLJUS 7920 Seminar Research Paper or... 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 7990 Thesis Research  

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.

Elective Courses

COUNSLED 7130 At Risk Youth 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 6030 Criminal Law 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 6330 Criminal Procedure and Evidence 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 7120 Policing in a Democratic Society 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 7310 Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 7430 Victimology 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 7520 Civil Liabilities in Criminal Justice Agencies 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 7530 Criminal Justice Administration 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 7630 Contemporary Correctional Systems: Institutional and Community-Based Corrections 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 7830 Advanced Comparative Criminal Justice 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 7880 Criminal Justice Internship 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 7940 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 3 cr.
CRIMLJUS 7980 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (1-4 credits) 3 cr.
POLISCI 5830 Civil Liberties 3 cr.
PSYCHLGY 7030 Psychology in the Criminal Justice System 3 cr.
PSYCHLGY 7230 Crisis Intervention Theory 3 cr.
PSYCHLGY 7330 Theories of Personality in the Criminal Justice System 3 cr.
PSYCHLGY 7430 Abnormal Psychology in A Dangerous World 3 cr.
PSYCHLGY 7980 Independent Study in Psychology (1-4 credits) 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 5030 Human Resource Management 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 5340 Management, Gender and Race 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 5530 Organizational Behavior 3 cr.

Transfer of Graduate Courses

Contact the program director, Cheryl Banachowski-Fuller, for information regarding transfer of graduate courses.


  1. All students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Graduate students must maintain a 3.00 grade point average.
  5. Graduate students are allowed seven years from the date of admission into a master’s program to complete degree requirements (extensions may be granted).
  6. Transfer of credits requires approval by faculty in the Criminal Justice Program and the Director of the School of Graduate Studies.
  7. 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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