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Admissions Requirements

Upcoming Terms

The next start date is:

June 3, 2019

There are 3 opportunities to begin the program each year. For our annual academic calendar and application deadline information, please contact an Admissions Specialist at mscj@uwplatt.edu.

To be considered for the online graduate programs in criminal justice and child advocacy studies, applicants must meet one of the following conditions:

Full Standing

To be eligible for admission in full standing, a student must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above; or 2.90 on the last 60 credits from the degree-granting institution.

Students not meeting those requirements, but that meet one of the requirements listed below, may be considered for full standing through a comprehensive review of their application material. Students may be required to submit additional application materials in order for this comprehensive review to take place.

  • Graduate course work with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Undergraduate degree GPA of 2.50 to 2.75 and bachelor’s degree earned more than five years before date of application
  • Bachelor’s degree in a non-related field

Trial Enrollment

Students who do not qualify for admission in full standing may be admitted on trial enrollment. Trial enrollment admission status is to be used only in extraordinary cases. Admission as a trial enrollee must be justified by the admitting department and approved by the director of the School of Graduate Studies.

Application Process

To apply for the program, interested candidates must:

  • Complete the online University of Wisconsin System Application for Graduate Admission.
  • Pay the $56.00 application fee at the secure website when you apply online, or you may mail a check payable to University of Wisconsin-Platteville to:

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

  • Request an official transcript be sent directly from the undergraduate degree-granting institution to the Center for Distance Learning at the address above, using the Transcript Request Form. We cannot accept or evaluate unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) where the coursework was completed. Your application is not complete until we receive your transcript(s). All transcripts become the property of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
  • Provide official transcripts for any previously earned graduate credits to be considered for transfer.
  • Applicants may be contacted on an individual basis for additional information to support their admission.

In addition, applicants must submit the following materials:

  • A detailed resume
  • A brief personal statement of purpose and goals

Submit materials to:

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

Students pursuing ONLY the CAST certificate are classified as “special students” and do not seek admission into the degree program. Therefore, they do not need to satisfy these admission requirements, and only need to complete the online Admissions Application for Special Students. However, credits earned with the CAST programs count toward the MSCJ, should they choose to continue on for the master’s after completing the CAST certificate. They would then need to meet all admission requirements.

International Students:

Requirements for international students are as follows:

  • If you earned your bachelor’s degree outside the United States, you must request that your academic records (called transcripts in the U.S.) be sent directly to the Center for Distance Learning from the issuing institution, along with a translated copy if they are not in English. Any records received become a part of your permanent student record at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and cannot be released. International transcripts are subject to a course-by-course evaluation. UW-Platteville has approved Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) to complete this evaluation. Both require official transcripts/academic records to complete the evaluation.
  • If you attended a school outside the United States, follow these procedures:
    • Request official transcript(s) from the institution(s) where you earned your degree(s), including a translated copy if your transcript is not in English.*
    • Go to the ECE website or WES website to require the “Course by Course” report option.
    • Pay all fees associated with setting up an account.
        • Neither UW-Platteville, WES, nor ECE provide translation services. You are responsible for providing a translated copy of your transcript. 

          *All official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) where the course work was completed. We cannot accept or evaluate unofficial transcripts.

        • In addition to filing the standard application for admission with official transcript(s) translated in English, you must provide a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL® Test) score to the Center for Distance Learning. A minimum score of 500 PBT (paper based) or 79 iBT (internet based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Examination (TOEFL) is required of all international students whose native language is not English. When requesting that scores be sent directly to UW-Platteville, please use institution code 1917.
        • As an alternative, you may submit a scoring report from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Program admission requires a minimum of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub score.
        • International students may request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement by submitting acceptable justification. The waiver request should include your name, daytime phone number, and desired program of study. Send requests directly to the Dean of Graduate Studies:
          Laura Scieltz
          Admission Specialist
          2100 Ullsvik Hall
          University of Wisconsin-Platteville
          Platteville, WI 53818-3099

      Phone: (608) 342-1468

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