Whether you’re seeking to enter the criminal justice field or advance in your current law enforcement or security career, you’ll become an invaluable member of your community in law enforcement, courts, corrections, and prosecution and defense.

Through the online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, you’ll build knowledge from courses such as Criminal Law, Foundations of Policing, and Criminology.

Earn your degree at your pace. Tuition is $1,110* per three-credit class, and you may qualify for financial aid and scholarships. Be sure to ask your Admission Specialist how you can reduce this cost with transfer credits.

“I chose UW-Platteville because a lot of my co-workers are traditional grads from UW-Platteville and always spoke highly of the program. And when I saw the range of experience of the professors, it just floored me. You don’t find that in a lot of places.”
Joe Roy, B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice


*Subject to change without notice.

If you have earned credits in another school or U.S. military, your transcript will be evaluated for eligible transfer credits.

Credit for Professional Experience

We recognize value in your professional experience. Advanced standing in the criminal justice program may be awarded by completing:

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is earned with 120 undergraduate credits.

Criminal Justice Courses

  • Criminal Justice Seminar
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Foundations of Corrections
  • Foundations of Policing
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice

Tailor your education to best suit your career goals with a wide variety of elective courses.

  • Community-Based Corrections
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal Procedures and Evidence
  • Current Topics in Criminal Justice
  • Directed Individual Studies
  • Internship in Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Police Administration
  • Police-Community Relations
  • Private Security Operations

In addition to your core criminal justice courses, you'll complete general education requirements in English, math, speech, and liberal arts.

To be considered for admission, you'll need:

  • High school diploma or have earned HSED/GED
  • Meet college prep course requirements
  • If under age 22, top 50 percent of graduating class, ACT composite of 22, or SAT score of 1110

Home-schooled, transfer, and international students are encouraged to apply. For complete information, view the full admission requirements.

To ensure an admission decision for the semester you intend to start on your degree, you'll want to submit your application and supporting materials by:

  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 15
  • Fall: July 15
Ready to learn more?

Contact us today and discover how UW-Platteville can bring you outstanding opportunity and success.

Office of Admission




General Information