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The best-in-class online MS in Criminal Justice offered by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is a perfect fit for those looking to enhance their understanding of criminal justice theory and law. Designed by credentialed experts with real-world experience, the program can help law enforcement professionals transition back into school and develop the critical skills necessary for success as they pursue top leadership positions across the field.

Gain a better understanding of behavior analysis, cyber crime and crisis intervention in this top-ranked program.

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 MS in Criminal Justice program offers 3 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 cyber crime, CJ administration, and criminal law, to help you build the best academic plan that suits your professional goals while attending school online.

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: #111 Regional Universities (Midwest)
  • U.S. News & World Report: #32 Top Public Schools
  • U.S. News & World Report Top Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  • Top school in Military Advanced Education's 2018 Guide to America's Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities
  • GetEducated.com Best Buys — Top-20 Affordable Master's in Criminal Justice Programs
  • Affordable Colleges Online: #7 Most Affordable in Wisconsin