Department website: https://www.uwplatt.edu/program/master-criminal-justice
Cheryl Banachowski-Fuller, Professor, and Program Coordinator
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Address: University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099
Statement of Purpose
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a comprehensive and highly interactive online degree. It is designed for criminal justice and social service professionals who wish to continue their graduate education or who need additional knowledge and skills to advance to higher-level positions in their field. The program is also designed for those seeking an advanced degree as a prerequisite for entry into more specialized criminal justice positions.
Student Learning Outcomes
- 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;
- Exhibit effective communication skills in both formal and informal written communication;
- Demonstrate organizational, managerial, and supervisory skills appropriate to criminal justice agencies;
- Identify, analyze, and solve problems at the organizational, inter-organizational, or community levels;
- Show advanced knowledge and skills in one of the three areas of emphasis.
Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation may register as a Special Student. Students will receive academic credit for courses taken while on this status. Students can be considered for admission into a degree program if they maintain a 3.00 grade point average in all graduate-level work and all other admission requirements are met. With the program area advisor’s approval, students may transfer up to 12 credits earned at UW-Platteville into a degree program. All graduate-level work will be included in computing a student’s GPA.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is awarded upon successful completion of 30 credits: 15 credits of required courses and 15 credits of electives.
With the help of an academic advisor, a student will develop an academic program plan consistent with specific goals from one of the three emphasis areas:
- Criminal Justice Theory - This emphasis is appropriate for those who want to continue graduate education in a Ph.D. program, teach at a two-year college, or embark on a career in governmental research.
- Criminal Justice Management - This emphasis is appropriate for those seeking promotion to supervisory or administrative positions.
- Victim and Offender Services - This emphasis is designed for those interested in working with crime victims, juveniles, probation and parole clients, or providing services in institutional or community-based settings
All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted. Graduate credits in which a grade lower than a "C-" has been earned will not be counted toward a degree in Criminal Justice; however, these lower grades will be reflected in the student's grade point average.
|Criminal Justice Systems|
|Criminal Justice Research and Statistical Methods|
|Evaluation and Program Analysis in the Criminal Justice System|
|Law as Social Control|
|Seminar Paper Research|
|Select 15 credits of the following: 1||15|
|Criminal Procedure and Evidence|
|Policing in a Democratic Society|
|Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy|
|Juvenile Delinquency & Justice: Race, Class, Gender and Youth|
|Civil Liabilities in Criminal Justice Agencies|
|Criminal Justice Administration|
|Emergency Operations Management|
|Contemporary Correctional Systems: Institutional and Community-Based Corrections|
|Criminal Justice Internship|
|Special Topics in Criminal Justice|
|Independent Study in Criminal Justice|
|Psychology in the Criminal Justice System|
|Crisis Intervention Theory|
|Theories of Personality in the Criminal Justice System|
|Abnormal Psychology in a Dangerous World|
|Independent Study in Psychology|
|Human Resource Management|
|Management, Gender and Race|
|At Risk Youth|
With the help of an academic advisor, students develop an academic program plan consistent with specific goals from one of the three emphasis areas. Additional electives may be available through transfer and/or other arrangements. Contact the program coordinator for more information.
Courses are continuously being developed to provide knowledge and expertise in high demand.
Certificate in Child Advocacy Studies
The Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) certificate is designed to prepare students for the realities of child protection and serve the needs of learners specifically interested in professions that work directly with or among maltreated children. It’s specifically tailored for students who intend to pursue careers in law enforcement and as child protection professionals, victim witness workers, lawyers, school social workers and treatment providers.
The CAST certificate meets the mission of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), funded by the U.S. Department of Justice to end child abuse in the United States. In recognition of UW-Platteville students’ contribution to its mission, the NCPTC will recognize the UW-Platteville CAST certificate by including its logo on each awarded UW-Platteville CAST certificate.
To obtain a graduate certificate, students must:
- Achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each course from the certificate program
- Complete the certificate with a minimum GPA of 3.00
- Request a certificate through their advisor within one year upon completion of the final course of the certificate
To earn the certificate, students must complete the following three graduate courses:
|CRIMLJUS 7310||Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Criminal Justice Internship (CAST Internship)|
|Independent Study in Criminal Justice (CAST Project)|