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Who should enroll in the MSCJ program?

The MSCJ degree is designed for criminal justice and social service professionals who need additional knowledge and skills to advance to a higher-level position in their profession, desire to teach at a community college or university, or seek an advanced degree as a prerequisite for entry into the criminal justice field.

Who should enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Child Advocacy Studies (CAST)?

The CAST certificate is a perfect fit for those interested in pursuing a career or specializing in youth advocacy or child protection, meeting all of the educational criteria laid out by the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC).

Will I ever have to visit the campus?

No, you can earn both the degree and certificate entirely online. We do, however, invite our students and graduates to visit campus. Graduating distance learning students may participate in on-campus commencement ceremonies.

How long after submitting an application can students expect to hear an admission decision?

A student will receive notice regarding admission approximately two weeks after the Distance Learning Center receives his/her official transcripts and the director of the criminal justice program receives all other required materials.

How many credit hours are required to complete these programs?

To earn the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice, students must complete 30 credit hours of coursework.

The Certificate in Child Advocacy Studies is a 9 credit hour program that can be taken separately or within the MSCJ program, allowing students to earn both credentials.

How long will it take to earn my degree or certificate?

The time required to earn a degree varies based on the number of transfer graduate credits a student receives, how much time a student is able to devote to coursework, and individual financial considerations. You can take up to seven years to complete the program if your circumstances require it. Taking a full-time course load allows students to complete the master’s program in as little as two years, and the certificate in even less.

What is the tuition for the program?

Cost per credit hour: $665

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Total (30 Credits): $19,650
CAST Certificate Total (9 Credits): $5,850 (Can be applied to MSCJ program as electives.)

Are financial aid or payment plans available?

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. To determine eligibility, contact the Financial Aid Office at:

Financial Aid Office
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099

Please specify that you are a prospective distance learning student.

UW-Platteville does not offer payment plans. All tuition and fees must be paid before you begin a course. American Express, MasterCard and VISA are accepted.

Can I apply the GI Bill to the program?

Talk to your Veteran Service Officer (VSO) about the restrictions and requirements and specify that you are interested in taking distance education courses. After talking with your VSO, it is vital that you contact the Center for Non-traditional and Veteran Students (CNTVS) at veterans@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.7352 to receive assistance. The CNTVS can also put you in touch with other resources. Please identify yourself as a prospective or current distance learning student in any communications with the CNTVS or your local county veterans’ service officer.

Amber Prazak
Center for Non-traditional and Veteran Students
322 Royce Hall
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099
(608) 342-7351

Can I transfer credits from previous graduate-level courses?

Yes. To be accepted, all transfer credits must be approved by more than one faculty member and the dean of the School of Graduate Studies. This may include the student’s Admissions Specialist. Only courses completed within the past 7 years in which the student earned a B or higher will be considered for transfer credit.  For more information, click here.

Are there any other professional or continuing education programs that can be counted as credit towards the Master of Science in Criminal Justice?

Yes. Through our Credit for Life Experience initiative, the Department of Graduate Studies offers credit to those who have completed the following programs:

Speak with your Admissions Specialist to learn more. To receive credit, send official transcripts to:

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

What technical support does the University of Wisconsin-Platteville provide to its online students?

The Distance Learning Center Help Desk can assist students with accessing online courses and campus resources such as the Karrmann Library, along with any other questions about how to lose the online learning platform. You can contact them via email at DistEdSupport@uwplatt.edu, and by phone at 877.854.3083.

What online learning platform do you use?

The Desire2Learn course management system, often known as D2L, is used to deliver learning resources to students, including syllabi, course content and other documents, and multimedia content. Students also use Desire2Learn to submit assignments, take tests and quizzes, and collaborate with instructors and classmates.

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