Graduate Criminal Justice Requirements

You can earn your master’s degree in criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville upon successful completion of 30 credits: 15 credits of required courses and 15 credits of electives.

Required Core Courses (15 credits)

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

Elective Courses

With the help of an academic advisor, you will develop an academic program plan consistent with your specific career goals from one of the three emphasis areas:

  • Criminal Justice Theory: This emphasis is appropriate for those who want 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.
  • Victim and Offender Services: This emphasis is designed for those interested in working with crime victims, juveniles, probation and parole clients, or providing services in institutional or community-based settings.

Select 15 credits of the following:

CRIMLJUS 6030: Criminal Law
CRIMLJUS 6330: Criminal Procedure and Evidence
CRIMLJUS 7120: Policing in a Democratic Society
CRIMLJUS 7310: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
CRIMLJUS 7320: Juvenile Delinquency & Justice: Race, Class, Gender and Youth
CRIMLJUS 7340: Cyber-Crime
CRIMLJUS 7430: Victimology
CRIMLJUS 7520: Civil Liability in Criminal Justice Agencies
CRIMLJUS 7530: Criminal Justice Administration
CRIMLJUS 7630: Contemporary Correctional Systems: Institutional and Community-Based Corrections
CRIMLJUS 7880: Criminal Justice Internship
CRIMLJUS 7980: Independent Study in Criminal Justice
POLISCI 5830: Civil Liberties
PSYCHLGY 7030: Psychology in the Criminal Justice System
PSYCHLGY 7230: Crisis Intervention Theory
PSYCHLGY 7330: Theories of Personality in the Criminal Justice System
PSYCHLGY 7430: Abnormal Psychology in a Dangerous World
PSYCHLGY 7980: Independent Study in Psychology
BUSADMIN 5030: Human Resource Management
BUSADMIN 5340: Management, Gender and Race
BUSADMIN 5530: Organizational Behavior
COUNSED 7130: At Risk Youth


To earn your master’s degree, you must meet the following requirements:

  • All students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits.
  • At least 21 credits must be earned in graduate courses that are not cross-listed with undergraduate courses, and of those 21 credits, at least 15 credits must be earned at the 7000-level). These credits must be included in the student’s program planning form.
  • Courses in the 5000-6990 levels are open to graduate students for graduate credit, provided they have not previously taken the courses at the undergraduate level.
  • Students must have both an overall and a program GPA of at least 3.0. Graduate credits in which a grade lower than a C- has been earned will not be counted toward a degree; however, these lower grades will be reflected in the student’s grade point average. All credits attempted within a given program will be counted toward the GPA, even if credits for a particular course will not be counted toward program completion requirements.
    • Note: Programs may have stricter requirements than required of the School of Graduate Studies; students should review their official program plan for information.
  • Graduate students are allowed seven years from the date of admission into a master’s program to complete degree requirements.
  • No more than 12 credits can be transferred into a master’s degree program.
  • To be accepted for transfer, credits must be approved by more than one faculty member in the relevant program along with the dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Faculty must be 1) the program's coordinator; or 2) some mix of the student's advisor and a faculty member with expertise in the field.
  • Only courses taken at a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in which the student received a grade of B or higher will be accepted. Transfer credits will not be officially recorded until the student has successfully completed graduate work at UW-Platteville.
  • Enroll in one UW-Platteville course within the first year of being admitted into the program. Failure to do so will result in the discontinuation from the program.
  • Maintain degree progress by completing at least one UW-Platteville course every two years in order to remain under these catalog requirements. Failure to do so will result in discontinuation from the program.