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Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Develop an advanced understanding of criminal justice theory and practice while opening the doors to exciting expanded career opportunities with the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree (MSCJ).

The online MS in Criminal Justice degree program features three distinct specializations and a broad selection of electives that allow you to customize your course of study to suit your professional goals. In addition to acquiring advanced knowledge in their area of specialization, as a graduate of the program, you’ll be able to expertly:

  • Utilize organizational, managerial, and supervisory skills appropriate to criminal justice agencies
  • Demonstrate advanced, in-depth knowledge of criminology and the criminal justice system
  • Apply research and statistical methodology to policy issues in the criminal justice agency setting
  • Identify, analyze, and solve problems at the organizational, inter-organizational, or community levels
  • Exhibit effective communication skills in both formal and informal written communication

The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program offers three distinct emphases with a diverse catalog of electives, which can help you create a personalized academic plan that suits your aspirations. Whether you’re interested in pursuing the research side, teaching at a 2-year college, moving into a PhD program, pursuing a leadership position in law enforcement, or exploring an entirely new career in criminal justice, the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice can help you achieve your goals.

Along with the complete listing of courses offered through this program, UW-Platteville allows students to further customize their area of emphasis through a variety of elective courses.


Emphasis Areas:

Criminal Justice Theory
This emphasis is designed for those who wish to position themselves for doctoral-level education or embark on a career in governmental research.

Criminal Justice Management
This is an effective path of study for those seeking promotion to supervisory or administrative positions in a variety of criminal justice settings.

Victim and Offender Services
This emphasis is a perfect fit for those interested in working with crime victims, juveniles, probation, and parole clients, or providing services in institutional or community-based settings.


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