Wisconsin Criminal Justice Schools

  • 30 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Wisconsin are in our database. (see below)
  • 15 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 11 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 4 offer a mix of bachelor’s
  • We found no schools in Wisconsin ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program
  • According to Kiplinger’s, Wisconsin has 3 universities ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”; #11 University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, WI; #52 University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, La Crosse, WI; and #85 University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in Wisconsin are available for requesting information.

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Programs:

  • MS - Criminal Justice
  • PhD - Criminal Justice
  • BS - Criminal Justice
  • And more...

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Profiles of Well Known Schools in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee: The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee has the Department of Criminal Justice, where students can earn a Bachelor of Science or a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. The school also has three international programs in Bristol, United Kingdom; Linz, Austria and Crecia, Costa Rica. Masters students choose from three different professional concentrations: corrections, law enforcement or administration. Students and faculty conduct research within one or more of six different centers, including the Child Welfare Training Project and the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research.

University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh: Students at the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh can pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice through the Department of Criminal Justice. 45 credits of coursework are required for students to complete the criminal justice major. The department has six full time faculty, all of with PhDs and research interests related to court and correctional operations. An internship opportunity unique to UWO is the Inviting Convicts to College Program in which students teach classes at local prisons and jails.

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Wisconsin Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 7,580 $43,030
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 1,640 $73,020
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1,260 $68,330
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 11,400 $54,170

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Wisconsin

  • Dane County, WI Sheriff David Mahoney- Mount Senario College (WI), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison Area Technical College
  • Madison, WI Chief of Police Noble Wray- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee County, WI Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. – Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Brown County, WI Sheriff John R. Gossage – Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Police Quote: “The job is simply too important and complex to be left to those without an advanced education. Policing is too important in a democracy such as ours to be left to those who have not had the benefit of a broad liberal arts education.” -David Couper, retired police chief in Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Criminal Justice Degrees

Law enforcement jobs in Wisconsin often have a college education requirement. For example, the Milwaukee police department hires police officers at a starting salary of $42,563 1 and increases to a maximum of $57,387.1 They require that new recruits earn at least 60 college credits within 5 years if they do not already have a college degree. While you may still be hired without a degree, candidates who have college experience are often preferred.

Within the public sector, you may find positions at the local, state, or federal level. The Wisconsin Department of Justice employs individuals in positions such as forensic scientists, special agents, legal secretaries, and paralegals. Other public sector career opportunities include working for the FBI, Homeland Security, or Transportation Security Administration.

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Wisconsin Criminal Justice Salary

Criminal justice careers often offer an attractive level of pay and benefits that is competitive with other professions. The average annual salary for Wisconsin police officers is $52,710.2 Promotion to a leadership position as a first-line supervisor of police officers increases the average salary to $71,360 2 per year. There are thousands of jobs for correctional officers in Wisconsin with an average annual salary of $42,820.2 As a detective or criminal investigator you can expect to earn an average of $67,570 2 and paralegals in the state earn an average of $42,420.2

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Wisconsin’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 3, 4, 5, 6

At the start of 2012, Wisconsin’s unemployment was 7.1%, ~1.5 percentage points below the national average, and it will regain prior peak employment levels by mid 2014. Government related employment, which is a good proxy for Wisconsin criminal justice jobs, has average prospects with pre-Downturn employment levels reached by early 2014 with solid projected starting in 2013. The Occupational Supply & Demand System shows annual Wisconsin Criminal Justice job openings with Police and Sheriff Patrol (360 openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Correctional Officers (180 annual openings / 60% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degrees), Detectives / Investigators / Forensic Techs (40 annual openings), Security Guards (310 annual openings) and Paralegals (85 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree). According to Sunshine Review, Wisconsin’s state budget is still in a state of flux in 2012 with some famous battles between the Governor and the public sector unions on collective bargaining. The good news is Wisconsin’s projections indicate there are many Wisconsin criminal justice jobs for those willing to pursue the right degree for the roles profiled or other criminal justice careers. We suggest requesting free information from several Wisconsin criminal justice schools to weigh options.

Online and Wisconsin Criminal Justice Schools

To learn more about earning a Wisconsin criminal justice degree, we recommend the following accredited campus-based and online criminal justice programs for students interested in pursuing associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the growing field of criminal justice.

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Capella University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • MS - Criminal Justice
  • PhD - Criminal Justice
  • BS - Criminal Justice

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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • A.A. in Criminal Justice

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Liberty University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • AA in Criminal Justice
  • Masters in Criminal Justice: Command College

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Walden University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Public Management and Leadership-Advanced
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Online Teaching in Higher Education-Advanced
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Crime and Criminals

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Rasmussen College
Campuses: 1Rockford
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice Associate’s

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National American University
Campuses: 1Rochester
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice A.A.S.
  • Criminal Justice B.S.

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California University of Pennsylvania
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence: Legal Studies

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Keiser University Graduate School
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, MA (Online)

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Kent State University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master's - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Victimology
  • Master's - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Master's - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Police

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Globe University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Management - Criminal Justice emphasis
  • BS-Criminal Justice


Tip: If you don’t live near a campus-based school that offers a program of interest, consider an online degree or a university in an adjacent state (Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa).

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Directory of Wisconsin Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Blackhawk Technical College (Janesville, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

Bryant & Stratton College (Milwaukee, WI; Wauwatosa, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
Associate of Science | IT-Security
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)

Carroll University (Waukesha, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Chemistry | Forensic Science
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Carthage College (Kenosha, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Chippewa Valley Technical College (Eau Claire, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
Technical Diploma | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement Academy

College of Menominee Nation (Keshena, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts and Sciences | Liberal Studies | Tribal Legal Studies

Edgewood College (Madison, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement (online program)
Certificate | Basic Criminal Investigator (online program)
Certificate | Child Protection Investigator (online program)
Certificate | Corrections (online program)
Certificate | Crime Prevention Practitioner (online program)
Certificate | Crime Prevention Professional (online program)
Certificate | Crime Prevention Specialist
Certificate | Criminal Justice Executive Development Institute
Certificate | Cyber Crime Investigation (online program)
Certificate | Exploring Public Safety Careers
Certificate | Hotel Security Specialist
Certificate | Loss Prevention Specialist (online program)
Certificate | Private Investigation Specialist (online program)
Certificate | Professional Security Consultant (online program)
Certificate | Security Officer Professional (online program)
Certificate | Security Officer Specialist (online program)
Certificate | Security Specialist (online program)
Technical Diploma | Academy of Law Enforcement

Gateway Technical College (Kenosha, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Certificate | Law Enforcement Officer

ITT Technical Institute (Green Bay, WI; Greenfield, WI; Madison, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)

Lakeshore Technical College (Cleveland, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Science | Judicial Reporting
Certificate | Judicial Reporting

Madison Area Technical College (Madison, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
Associate of Applied Science | Judicial Reporting
Technical Diploma | Law Enforcement Academy

Marian University of Fond du Lac (Fond du Lac, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science
Bachelor of Science | Homeland Security
Certificate | Homeland Security Leadership
Master of Science | Criminal Justice Leadership

Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminology and Law Studies
Bachelor of Science | Social Welfare and Justice
Certificate | Law Enforcement Leadership and Management

Mid-State Technical College (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Corrections
Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
Associate of Applied Science | Judicial Reporting
Certificate | Private Security Officer I
Certificate | Private Security Officer II

Milwaukee Area Technical College (Milwaukee, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
Associate of Applied Science | Judicial Reporting
Associate of Applied Science | Legal Administrative Professional
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Moraine Park Technical College (Fond du Lac, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Corrections
Certificate | Judicial Reporting

Nicolet Area Technical College (Rhinelander, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement

Northcentral Technical College (Wausau, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Correctional Officer
Certificate | Juvenile Detention Officer
Certificate | Law Enforcement Crowd Management
Certificate | Law Enforcement Officer
Certificate | Less-Lethal Weapons Instruction
Diploma | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement Academy

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Corrections
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Law Enforcement
Technical Diploma | Criminal Justice Law Enforcement

Rasmussen College (Green Bay, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Corrections (online program)
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
Associate Degree | Forensics (online program)
Associate Degree | Homeland Security (online program)
Associate of Science | Corrections (online program)
Associate of Science | Crime Scene Evidence (online program)
Associate of Science | Homeland Security (online program)
Associate of Science | Law Enforcement (online program)
Bachelor Degree | Corrections (online program)
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor Degree | Homeland Security (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Corrections (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Offenders (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Homeland Security (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Investigations/Law Enforcement
MBA | Fraud Management (online program)
Master of Science | Behavioral Analysis (online program)
Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Master of Science | Criminal Justice Administrations (online program)
Master of Science | Disaster Management (online program)
Master of Science | Executive Crime Management (online program)
Master of Science | Homeland Security (online program)
Master of Science | Public Safety Administration (online program)

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (Fennimore, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Law Enforcement

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Eau Claire, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “My experience at UW Madison was absolutely great. All of my professors were very knowledgeable and truly seemed excited about teaching us. We also had countless guest speakers from various fields to come in and give us first hand accounts on the real world. Starting with my Criminal Justice 101 class, we had lawyers, police, judges, and even an acquitted convict come speak to us. The impact of these speakers can not be put into words.” -Nicolas B., student at University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Death Investigation
Certificate | Forensic Science
Certificate | Forensic Toxicology
Master of Science | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “The UWM criminal justice program was a very good program for me to have been a part of. It guaranteed me that I would be ready for a career in the field with lots of hands on training by active and retired professionals. Not only was I able to gain knowledge from textbooks and by doing my studies, but also by talking to people that have already had the experience and done it themselves. I highly recommend the program. It is run by committed professionals for those who want to excel above and beyond in their career goals long after completing the curriculum.” – student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Oshkosh, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

University of Wisconsin-Parkside (Kenosha, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Platteville, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Chemistry | Criminalistics
Graduate Diploma | Criminal Justice (online program)
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Major/Minor | Forensic Investigation

Student Review: “The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has provided me with the rigorous education needed to succeed. Located in the rolling hills of Southeastern Wisconsin and surrounded by miles of beautiful farmland, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is the perfect school for the inquisitive student who seeks a superior university education with a small town feel. With 7,000 students in attendance, you will get to know your fellow students and professors on a personal level. Enthusiastic professors have a vested interest in seeing their students excel in their classes and in the real world. The Business Administration degree, which was my major, is well respected but the Engineering and Criminal Justice departments are also highly esteemed. I found many organizations to join on campus and was also able to participate in research studies. There are plenty of internships to take advantage of as well. The campus can be a bit deserted on weekends, but any imaginative student will find something to do. Overall, if you want a great education at an excellent price, then I highly recommend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.” -Kari V., student at University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

Waukesha County Technical College (Pewaukee, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Law Enforcement

Western Technical College (La Crosse, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement Academy

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Shell Lake, WI)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice | Corrections
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
Associate Degree | Judicial Reporting
Technical Diploma | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement Academy

References:
(1) City of Milwaukee: http://city.milwaukee.gov/jobs/PO
(2) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_WI.htm
(3) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/ see state on page for current unemployment rate
(4) USA TODAY/Moody’s Analytics/BLS: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-02-06-new-jobs-growth-graphic_N.htm
(5) Occupational Supply & Demand System / OCDS Georgia State University for the U.S. Department of Labor: http://www.occsupplydemand.org/OSD_SelectOcc.aspx?chk=2&ST=ZZ
(6) The Sunshine Review: http://sunshinereview.org/core/home (select state budget button)

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