Criminal Justice program recognized as one of the country's best online master's degrees

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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's reputation as a leader in distance education has been cemented again, as Online School Report recognizes the criminal justice program as one of the Best Online Master's Degrees in Criminal Justice in the country.

The Master's Degree in Criminal Justice program is uniquely designed to provide foundational knowledge in criminal justice systems, operations, and law for career mobility in the criminal justice field. Students also gain skills in organizational management, problem-solving, communications, and research. The master's program has three distinct emphases, designed to gain advanced knowledge and open the door to new opportunities: Criminal Justice Theory, Criminal Justice Management, Victim and Offender Services.

"Our master's degree in criminal justice provides a solid foundation for those students interested in advance careers in the law enforcement, private security, or human service fields," said Dr. Cheryl Banachowski-Fuller, program coordinator for the Master of Science in criminal justice. "Importantly, with this earned degree, a career in one field can transition into the other."

The program's focus on affordability and student success has been lauded by many other organizations as well, including recent accolades from Grad School Hub and Best Value Schools.

"Careers in criminal justice are many and continue to grow. In the current economic climate, job opportunities in advanced law enforcement, corrections and human services positions are competitive," said Banachowski-Fuller. "Departments tend to look for people with a military background or other prior leadership experience. Candidates with master's degrees stand out."

Data shows the program has also been a sound investment for those who have earned the degree. In fact, of the more than 400 graduates since 2019, an estimated 75-80% are working in supervisory and management positions. 

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program was first offered at UW-Platteville in 1997 and has proven to be a vital part of the graduation education offerings. The 100% online program provides students with the flexibility to earn a degree at their own pace. To learn more about the program or to speak with an admissions specialist, click here.