Become an invaluable member of your community in law enforcement, prosecution and defense, courts, and corrections, by earning your online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Choose how your degree will best suit your needs by selecting electives such as Community-Based Corrections and Criminal Procedures and Evidence. Round out your degree with a minor in Business Administration. 

Already have a bachelor’s degree? With three distinct emphasis - Criminal Justice Theory, Criminal Justice Management, and Victim and Offender Services - our Master of Science in Criminal Justice will open doors to new opportunities in the criminal justice field.

Complete your degree from an institution recognized among the nation’s best for excellence, academic service, and affordability. The bachelor’s programs have also been continually recognized by U.S. News & World Report.

Tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is $44,400.

Have you earned credit in another program, school or the U.S. military? The Center for Distance Learning will evaluate your transcripts for eligible transfer credits.

University, Community, and Technical College Transfer Credits

  • In most cases, college credits earned from two-year or four-year regionally accredited school will transfer, provided grades were a C or better and the credits are in areas currently taught at UW-Platteville.

  • An associate’s degree from a UW System institution or Illinois community college satisfies all UW-Platteville core curriculum requirements, as does a four-year bachelor’s degree from any regionally accredited college or university.

  • An associate's degree from select community and technical colleges will also fulfill the core curriculum requirements.

  • The number of credits transferable from a Wisconsin technical college is limited. In some cases, it is possible to transfer up to 30 credits in core curriculum courses. Please check the business and criminal justice courses that will transfer to UW-Platteville from Wisconsin technical colleges. More credits may be accepted if UW-Platteville has an approved business or criminal justice articulation agreement with the institution.

  • Find out if your credits might transfer to UW-Platteville. Utilize the Credit Transfer Wizard (TIS) for UW System and/or Wisconsin Technical Colleges courses. Credits from Wisconsin private schools and/or out-of-state colleges, are found on Transfer Evaluation Systems (TES). If the course you are looking for does not appear in TIS or TES, it may not have been previously reviewed. An official evaluation will be done once your application for admission is complete.

Military Experience

The UW-Platteville Registrar’s office evaluates all military education and training for degree-seeking students. If you are a veteran who has served in the regular armed forces for more than one year, you should submit a copy of your DD214 for review and evaluation. You should also request official transcripts and documentation if you have attended one or more military schools. Most formal courses offered by the regular Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and Department of Defense starting with 1972 have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE). Credit may be allowed for specific courses in appropriate curricula as recommended by ACE.

For additional information contact the School Veteran Official in the Registrar’s Office at 608.342.1321.

Training Programs

If the American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated a corporate or professional training program in which you participated, you may receive transfer credit. Only the ACE recommendations that are related directly to the business administration major will be considered for transfer. Normally, because training programs are so specific to the industry, such credits transfer as business electives. You must request an official transcript from ACE be sent directly to the Distance Learning Center to have your credits reviewed.

Students interested in learning more about the Market Traders Institute, please review this agreement.  

Training Certificates and Life Experience in Criminal Justice

As a leader in your field, have you earned professional certification? You may be able to receive credit toward your degree in criminal justice.

To receive credit, submit a Credit for Life Experience form along with a certificate or transcript when you apply to the criminal justice program.

Credit by Examination

College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) subject examinations, and College Board Advanced Placement Examinations may be reviewed for possible credit.

See Required CLEP Exam Scores and Advanced Placement Credits.  Both CLEP and AP are found on pages 13-18.

The maximum number of credits applicable to the major by external or internal examinations is 30 credits. If you have already taken any of these examinations, you must provide an official transcript for each. After review by UW-Platteville, you will be informed regarding transfer credits accepted.

Courses Test-Out

If you believe you have proficiency in a specific course, you may be able to test out of it. Test-out costs and procedures are determined by individual departments. The maximum number of credits applicable to the business major earned by internal or external examinations is 30 credits.

No student may test out of a course that is a prerequisite, stated or implied, for an advanced course in the same subject for which credits have already been earned. Only students who are officially enrolled at UW-Platteville may participate in departmental test-out examinations. Contact your academic advisor to discuss any questions regarding testing out of a course.

Educational Partners

Students interested in learning more about the ICCOC, please visit:

You'll earn your degree by successfully completing 120 credits. All courses listed are three credits unless otherwise stated.

Requirements listed below are for the 2018-19 catalog. Your requirements are subject to the catalog that was in effect at the time you were admitted.

General Education Requirements

Your academic advisor can help guide you in determining which courses from UW-Platteville and other institutions will meet your general education requirements.

General education requirements can be completed by:

  • Taking distance courses through UW-Platteville or UW Colleges

  • Taking approved on-campus or online courses from UW-Platteville or other institutions

  • Transferring approved credits from other institutions

Competency Requirements (11-12 credits)

Communication (8 credits)

English Composition:

ENGLISH 1130 College Writing I
ENGLISH 1230 College Writing II

Speech Communication: SPEECH 1010 Oral Communication for Professionals (2 credits)

Mathematics (3 credits)

At least one math course at MATH 1630 or above is required.

Liberal Arts Requirements (23 credits)

Fine Arts, Humanities, and Historical Perspectives (9 credits)

MUSIC 1590 Music Appreciation
WOMGENDR 1130 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
HISTORY 1430 History of the US Since 1877

Social Science (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses to complete your social science requirements:

CRIMLJUS 1130 Introduction to Criminal Justice
ECONOMIC 2130 Principles of Macroeconomics (required for degree)
ECONOMIC 2230 Principles of Microeconomics (required for degree)
PSYCHLGY 1130 General Psychology

Supplementary Credits (3 credits)

Additional credits in mathematics and social sciences are required for bachelor's degree.

Natural Science (8 credits)

BIOLOGY 2340 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
GEOGRPHY 1040 Planet Earth (4 credits)

International Education/Ethnic/Gender Studies (6-9 credits)

International Education (3 credits)

BUSADMIN 1300 Global Business (required for degree)

Ethnic & Gender Studies (3-6 credits)

At least three credits in ethnic studies and three credits in gender studies must be taken, or one 3-credit course that satisfies both requirements.

BUSADMIN 3340 Management, Gender, & Race (satisfies both requirements)
WOMGENDR 1130 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (satisfies the gender requirement)

Criminal Justice Major Requirements

Criminal justice majors will need to earn a minimum of 36 credits as outlined below.

Required Writing Proficiency

Students must earn a "C-" or better in ENGLISH 1130, ENGLISH 1230, CRIMJUS 1130, CRIMJUS 2130, and CRIMJUS 2230 before taking the departmental writing proficiency exam. Passing the exam is a pre-requisite for CRIMJUS 4930.

Required Courses (15 credits)

*Courses not currently available through UW-Platteville's Center for Distance Learning. View all undergraduate course offerings.

CRIMLJUS 1130 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIMLJUS 2130 Foundations of Policing
CRIMLJUS 2230 Foundations of Corrections
CRIMLJUS 4030 Criminal Law
CRIMLJUS 4930 Criminal Justice Seminar - Each major must pass the departmental writing proficiency exam before taking Criminal Justice Seminar.

Additional Requirements

Select 21 credits of criminal justice electives from the list below; at least one of the elective courses must meet the Theory requirement, and a second course needs to meet the Research Methods requirement. The remaining 15 credits can be any criminal justice elective course or forensic investigation course not already taken to meet another requirement.

Theory Requirement (3 credits): Select one of the following, which will count toward the total number of elective credits required.

CRIMLJUS 3430 Criminology or SOC 3330 Crime and Delinquency*

Research Methods Requirement (3 credits): Select one of the following, which will count toward the total number of elective credits required.

CRIMLJUS 3900 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (prerequisite required) or SOC 3430 Social Research*

Criminal Justice Elective Requirements (15 credits)

CRIMLJUS 2630 Private Security Operations
CRIMLJUS 3130 Criminal Investigation
CRIMLJUS 3330 Police Administration
CRIMLJUS 3630 Juvenile Justice
CRIMLJUS 4130 Police-Community Relations
CRIMLJUS 4230 Community-Based Corrections
CRIMLJUS 4330 Criminal Procedures and Evidence
CRIMLJUS 4500 Directed Individual Studies
CRIMLJUS 4630 Current Topics in Criminal Justice
CRIMLJUS 4880 Internship in Criminal Justice

Courses 3130-4880 have prerequisites required.

Supplemental Credits or Optional Minor (18-24 credits)

In addition to the social science requirements of the university, all criminal justice majors must either complete at least six credits each in psychology, sociology, and political science; or complete a minor or second major in any discipline.

Supplemental Credits (18 credits)

Supplemental credits can be taken in addition to courses taken to fulfill the social science credit.

Psychology (6 credits)
Sociology* (6 credits)
Political Science* (6 credits)

PSYCHLGY 1130 General Psychology is available through UW-Platteville. All other supplemental credit courses are not currently available through UW-Platteville's Distance Learning Program.

To ensure an admission decision for the desired semester, please submit your completed application and supporting materials by the following dates:

Spring: December 1                    Summer: April 15                    Fall: July 15

Admission Guidelines

First-Time Freshman

We're looking for students who meet these admission requirements:

High school / GED completion: Graduate of a recognized high school and have completed high school coursework required by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville at the time of graduation or have a general equivalency diploma (GED) with the required scores from the appropriate state department of public instruction or its equivalent.

College preparatory coursework successfully completed*

Subject Units
English 4
Mathematics (Algebra or higher) 3
Social Science 3
Natural Science (2 must include lab experience) 3
Courses from above academic areas, foreign language, fine arts, computer science or courses in vocational areas 4

*The requirements listed are for the academic school year 2017-18. Admission requirements will vary based on the year the applicant graduated from high school.

Rank / ACT Score: Top 50 percent of graduating class or ACT composite of 22 (1110 SAT score). Currently, the writing component for each exam is not required. This requirement is waived for prospective students over the age of 25.

Home Schooled Students

To be considered for admission, home-schooled students must provide official transcripts from school(s) attended, a transcript of courses taken at home and grades signed by the individual providing the education verifying the curriculum, an official ACT or SAT score, and any other information related to the student’s education.

Courses taken in the home school curriculum would be considered for admission purposes only. No credit will be given for university degree requirements unless one of the following applies:

  • High school courses are completed through an accredited high school, college or university.

  • The student successfully passes and completes a recognized exam program (i.e. CLEP)

If you do not meet the traditional admission requirements at the time of your graduation from high school, you may be considered for admission on an individual basis.

Transfer and Re-Entrant Students

Transfer students that apply for admission must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, plus good standing at the university most recently attended. If the GPA is less than 2.0, you will be considered for admission if more than five years have elapsed since the last attended school or two years if the last school you attended was UW-Platteville. You may petition in writing for an exception to the required five-year lapse of time. If you were on probation at the last institution that you attended, five years must have elapsed since the probationary status or two years if the last school you attended was UW-Platteville.

Admission Procedures for Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree

To apply for the bachelor's degree program, you must:

  1. Complete and submit your application electronically at
    a. Select UW-Platteville
    b. In the Reason for Applying section choose "100% Online Program Undergraduate Degree."
    c. Select Business Administration or Criminal Justice as your major. This will route your application to the Center for Distance Learning for processing.

  2. Pay a $50 non-refundable application fee at the secure website or mail a check payable to:

Center for Distance Learning
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville WI 53818-3099

  1. Request an official transcript to be sent directly from your high school(s) of attendance, and all schools attended since high school, to the Center for Distance Learning at the address above. Your high school transcript must show your graduation date and high school rank at the time of graduation. We cannot accept unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the school(s) of attendance. Your application is not complete until we receive your transcript(s). All transcripts become the property of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

  2. Check with the Center for Distance Learning about two weeks after you request transcripts to make sure we have received them. The Center for Distance Learning will mail your transcript evaluation results approximately four weeks after we receive all required transcripts. The evaluation will tell you which courses transfer to UW-Platteville and what coursework you need to complete to receive the bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

If you received a GED certificate

Contact your GED testing site to request that your scores be sent to the Center for Distance Learning. If the testing site is unable to send them, contact the Department of Public Instruction in the state where your GED was granted and request an official copy of your scores be sent to the Center for Distance Learning. In Wisconsin you can contact:

Department of Public Instruction
125 South Webster Street
PO Box 7841
Madison WI 53707-7841
800.441.4563 or 608.266.3390

International Students

If you attended a school outside the United States, follow these procedures:

  1. Complete and submit an electronic application.
    a. In the Reason for Applying section choose "100% Online Program Undergraduate Degree."
    b. Select Business Administration or Criminal Justice as your major. This will route your application to the Center for Distance Learning for processing.

  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL® Test) score to the Center for Distance Learning. A minimum score of 64 for the internet-based TOEFL is required of all international students whose native language is not English. If you have taken the TOEFL, you must request official evidence be sent from the testing agency directly to the Center for Distance Learning, indicating the date on which you took the examination and your score.

    You may be excused from taking the TOEFL if you have demonstrated competence in English through courses taken at such institutions and have earned grades of B or higher in English composition courses and speech or two English composition courses. As an alternative, you may submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a band-level score of 5.5 or higher.

Sub-score Minimum TOEFL iBT (internet-based) IELTS
Reading 15 5.0
Listening 15 5.0
Speaking 17 5.0
Writing 17 5.0
Total Composite Minimum 64 5.5


3. Request that your academic records (called transcripts in the United States) confirming secondary and university education, be mailed directly from the school attended to:

Center for Distance Learning
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville WI 53818-3099

Academic records must be in the original language with a certified English translation and should include the dates of attendance, level of study, list of subjects, school leaving marks/grades earned, grading system used and record of certificate, diploma, and/or degree earned.

If you have post-secondary transcripts from a university outside of the United States you must also contact Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) to obtain an evaluation of your postsecondary transcripts and request that an official copy of your evaluation be mailed to the UW-Platteville Distance Learning Center.

UW-Platteville requires a “Course by Course” evaluation. You are responsible for making the request and paying associated fees. See the ECE or WES website for complete instructions. They may require additional educational records. Contact them directly if you have questions.