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Who should enroll in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program?

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program 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 your degree entirely at a distance. We do, however, invite our students and graduates to visit campus and participate in on-campus commencement ceremonies.

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

Once you’ve requested them, allow two weeks for all of your transcripts to arrive at UW-Platteville. Once they are received, the official review of your application and supporting documentation, as well as the official acceptance decision, is typically completed within two weeks. You will receive notice immediately following the admission decision.

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 nine credit hour program that can be taken separately or within the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, allowing students to earn both credentials.

How long will it take me 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: $695

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Total (30 Credits): $20,850
CAST Certificate Total (9 Credits): $6,255 (Can be applied to Master of Science in Criminal Justice program as electives.)

Are financial aid or payment plans available?

There are no payment plans offered for distance courses as tuition and fees must be paid in full before you begin a course. American Express, MasterCard, Discover, and VISA are accepted.

Financial aid is available. To determine eligibility, contact the Financial Aid Office at 800.616.0412 and specify that you are a distance learning student.

Can I apply veteran education benefits to UW-Platteville’s distance education programs?

There are a number of veteran education benefits that Veterans may be eligible to apply toward an approved distance learning program. Please contact the Wright Center for Non-Traditional and Veteran students for more information regarding your benefit eligibility. For general information on Federal and State veteran education benefits available, please visit the Wright Center, email them at veterans@uwplatt.edu, or call at 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 seven years in which the student earned a GPA of 2.5 or higher will be considered for transfer credit. For more information, see transferring credits.

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 Professional 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:

Center for Distance Learning
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 Center for Distance Learning 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 use the online learning platform. You can contact them via email at DistEdSupport@uwplatt.edu, and by phone at 877.854.3083.

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