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Current Students

Whether you’re a current or prospective student of the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program offered by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, you’ll find some helpful resources below. Should you still have any questions regarding the program or any other concerns, contact an Admissions Specialist at 855.382.9487.



You must have your textbook(s) BEFORE your online course starts. Textbook costs are not included in tuition and fees. Financial Aid is not disbursed until after the start of classes so those funds will not be available in time for you to purchase textbooks.

UW-Platteville’s official textbook provider for online courses is MBS Direct. By ordering through MBS, you are guaranteed to have the correct book for your course and can select from a variety of options including new, used, e-book, and rental depending on the textbook. MBS also has a Buyback program so you may have the opportunity to sell your books back at the end of the semester.

Order Your Textbooks

Visit our MBS Direct virtual bookstore.

  1. Click on the Let’s Get Started button.
  2. Select the term from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select your courses. Click View Your Materials.
  4. View the required books and ordering options.*

*One option you will see for select titles within the MBS Direct virtual bookstore is Marketplace. If you choose to place an order through Marketplace, your order is being filled by another vendor, not MBS Direct.  Therefore, first review the information on the MBS Direct Frequently Asked Questions page regarding this option.  (To access the FAQs from the MBS Direct virtual bookstore, hover over Support in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage, click on Help, and then select Marketplace Orders from the list of FAQ’s.)

Please remember that although you can order from a different vendor, UW-Platteville isn’t responsible for those purchases. This includes orders purchased through Marketplace. To ensure that you purchase the correct textbook when purchasing through another vendor, search vendor sites using the ISBN and verify the title, author, and edition. Don’t order the international edition of your course textbook. While it might be cheaper, it won’t be compatible with your courses.

Summer 2019 textbook list for ONLINE courses
Fall 2019 textbook list for ONLINE courses

MBS Direct
2711 West Ash
Columbia, Missouri 65203
Phone: 800.325.3252
Fax: 800.499.0143

Online Resources

Graduation Procedures

  • Approximately one month prior to your final semester, contact your advisor regarding your intent to graduate by e-mailing him/her your full name, major, and the month and year of your anticipated graduation.
  • Schedule a review with your advisor to ensure you’ve met all graduation requirements and fulfilled all financial obligations to UW-Platteville.
  • Upon completion of your graduation review, you will receive a link to the File for Master’s Degree form via e-mail.
  • Once we receive your completed File for Master’s Degree form, we will notify you that a $40 graduation fee has been posted to your PASS account. To pay the fee, log into your PASS account Student Center, click on Make a Payment, and follow the instructions.
  • Upon receipt of your payment, the Center for Distance Learning will notify the Registrar’s Office of your candidacy for graduation and your anticipated graduation date.

NOTE: To be included in the printed graduation bulletin and other graduation procedures, we must receive your completed File for Master’s Degree form and payment by:

  • February 1 for Spring Commencement
  • February 1 for Summer Commencement
  • September 10 for Fall Commencement

Commencement Information

Approximately two months before graduation, students who have a File for Master’s Degree form and payment on file will receive information about the commencement ceremony, purchasing of cap/tassel/gown/master’s hood, ceremony tickets, and other graduation activities from the Center for Distance Learning.

To order your cap, gown, tassel, and master’s hood, contact the University Bookstore at 608.342.1486.

Note that ceremonies are only held at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Students graduating in summer can walk in the ceremony immediately before or after that summer term.

Receiving Your Degree

Once all grades are posted from your final semester (and financial obligations are met) and you have submitted your File for Master’s Degree form and payment, the Registrar’s Office will complete a final audit. Once the Registrar’s Office posts your degree, you will receive an official student copy of your transcript reflecting the posted degree. About 10-12 weeks after the end of the semester, you should then receive your actual diploma/degree in the mail.

Contact the Center for Distance Learning at 800.362.5460 or 608.342.1468 for more information.