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Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice offered by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is a perfect fit for law enforcement executives and officers looking to pair their experience with formal knowledge and officers who would like to enhance their understanding of criminal justice theory and law. Designed by credentialed experts with real-world experience, the program can help develop the critical skills necessary for success in leadership positions across the field.

Graduates of the program will 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 program offers three distinct emphases to choose from—Criminal Justice Theory, Criminal Justice Management, and Victim and Offender Services—as well as a diverse array of electives like CJ administration, cybercrime, and criminal law. The flexible curriculum helps law enforcement professionals across varying departmental levels build an academic plan that suits their individual professional goals.

University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s graduate programs in criminal justice proudly live up to our long heritage of offering a distinguished education to working professionals in a flexible format.

Recognized as a leader in distance learning for the last 35 years, UW-Platteville has been named "Best School for Online Education" in Wisconsin for three consecutive years.

Our distance learning program began in 1978, offering a single bachelor's degree with class materials delivered via mail. Three years later, its first graduating class numbered just 5. In-keeping with this tradition of leadership in distance education, UW-Platteville became the first public university in Wisconsin to deliver an entire degree online in 1999. The first online graduating class consisted of 13 people in 2001.

Fast forward to 2011, when UW-Platteville Online surpassed 1,000 graduates, and to today, with our online learning structure becoming a model of excellence for distance education programs across the country. We now reach more than 2,500 students worldwide, offering eight degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

UW-Platteville Notable Awards and Recognition:

  • U.S. News & World Report: #83 Regional Universities (Midwest)
  • U.S. News & World Report: #26 Top Public Schools (Regional Universities -- Midwest)
  • U.S. News & World Report Top Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  • UW-Platteville has been named "Best School for Online Education" in Wisconsin three consecutive years (Corporate Report Wisconsin)
  • Top school in Military Advanced Education's 2015 Guide to America's Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities
  • Best Buys — Top-20 Affordable Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs
  • Affordable Colleges Online: #6 Most Affordable in Wisconsin