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Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) degree program equips students with the knowledge they need to match their passion for criminal justice with their careers.

Whether you’re just entering a criminal justice career or want to advance further in the field, UW-Platteville’s MSCJ offers coursework to suit your needs. If you want to work in national, regional or government organizations, our faculty can help you network with experts in the field and build your skillset accordingly. Regardless of your path in criminal justice, UW-Platteville’s program offers numerous options for tailoring the program to make your master’s education truly yours.

In addition to providing a foundation in criminal justice theory and systems through core coursework, UW-Platteville’s program offers three distinct concentrations as well as an extensive selection of electives to customize your area of study.



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

Victim and Offender Services
This concentration 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.


Customized Focus Area:

The MSCJ program’s electives allow for additional customization, enabling students to focus their knowledge on numerous topics, including:

  • Criminal law
  • Criminology research
  • Statistical methods
  • Advanced criminal justice theory
  • Organizational management
  • Child Advocacy

View the full list of courses, or contact an advisor if you have any questions about how you can customize your area of study to suit your needs.

While students will gain advanced knowledge within their concentration or custom focus area, all program graduates acquire the benefits of a leading Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, including:

  • Foundational knowledge for high career mobility in the criminal justice field
  • Organizational management and supervisory skills appropriate to criminal justice agencies
  • The ability to quantify the effectiveness of criminal justice programs through research and statistical methodologies
  • The ability to Identify, analyze, and solve problems at the organizational, inter-organizational, and community levels
  • Formal and informal communication skills to better translate ideas into organizational action within criminal justice settings

Whether you’re interested in 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 take command of your career.


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