Whether you’re just entering a criminal justice career or want to advance in the field, the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice will allow you to match your passion to your career.

The criminal justice program provides foundational knowledge in criminal justice systems, operations, and law for career mobility in the criminal justice field. You’ll also gain skills in organizational management, problem solving, communications, and research.

Choose how your career needs will best be suited by selecting an area of emphasis.

  • Criminal Justice Theory: Designed for those who wish to continue graduate education in a PhD program or embark on a career in research for government and advocacy organizations.
  • Criminal Justice Management: This emphasis will allow you to advance into a supervisory or administrative position in a variety of criminal justice settings.
  • Victim and Offender Services: A perfect fit for anyone interested in working with crime victims, juveniles, probation, and parole clients, or providing services in institutional or community-based settings.

Earn your degree at your pace. Total cost of the program is $20,850.* Be sure to ask your Admission Specialist how you can reduce this cost with transfer credits or professional credentials.

"I am convinced that completing a master's degree at UW-Platteville really enhanced my understanding and my marketability as a leader and resulted in advancements in my career."
Eduardo Jany, M.S. in Criminal Justice

*Subject to change without notice.

Transfer up to 12 credits toward your degree. Credits need to have been earned from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. You’ll want to be sure to let your Admission Specialist know if you have earned credits previously.

Credit Agreements

Have you earned a certificate from one of our partner institutions? If so, credits are awarded according to our convenient agreements:

Professional Credentials

We recognize value in your professional experience. Advanced standing in the Criminal Justice program may be awarded by earning:

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is earned by completing 30 graduate credits.

Core Courses

  • Criminal Justice Systems
  • Criminological Theory
  • Evaluation and Program Analysis in Criminal Justice
  • Law as Social Control
  • Research and Statistical Methods
  • Seminar Research Paper
  • Thesis Research

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

  • Abnormal Psychology in a Dangerous World
  • Advanced Comparative Criminal Justice
  • At-Risk Youth
  • Civil Liability in Criminal Justice
  • Contemporary Correctional Systems
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Criminal Justice Internship
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure and Evidence
  • Crisis Intervention Theory
  • Cyber Crime
  • Human Resource Management
  • Independent Study in Criminal Justice
  • Independent Study in Psychology
  • Juvenile Delinquency & Justice: Race, Class, Gender, and Youth
  • Management, Gender, and Race
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
  • Policing in a Democratic Society
  • Psychology in the Criminal Justice System
  • Special Topics in Criminal Justice
  • Theories of Personality in the Criminal Justice System
  • Victimology

To be considered for admission, you'll need:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution that meets UW System standards and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above or 2.90 on the last 60 credits from the degree-granting institution.
  • No GRE or GMAT is required.

Applicants not meeting minimum requirements may gain admission through the comprehensive review process. International degrees are considered on an individual basis. 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

You may be eligible to receive one of the following scholarships: