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Criminal Justice Online

Admissions Requirements

technical college transfer studentThe online criminal justice major is for adult nontraditional learners who need the flexibility of an online program but want the quality and reputation of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh!

This program is delivered in an accelerated format, and students will be required to rely on previous experience and education.

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The applicant must hold a two-year associate degree from an accredited university. This associate degree must meet all or some of the general elective requirements necessary to complete the Bachelor of Arts or Science at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Ideally, an applicant will have completed an associate’s degree from a two-year University of Wisconsin campus. For questions regarding program requirements, transfer credits, enrollment and registration, contact an advisor at (920) 424-0234 or toll-free (800) 633-1442. For questions regarding the criminal justice program or department, please contact Dr. Victoria Beck, director of the online criminal justice program, at

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  • The applicant has two years of full-time work experience in a criminal justice or related field (for instance, the applicant has 2 years’ experience as either a police officer, probation officer, correctional officer, social worker, etc.).

To apply, students must complete the following items:

  • Online application for UW Oshkosh: Applicants must fill out the online application for admission to the University. There is a small application fee.
  • Letter of Interest: Students must submit a letter of interest to the criminal justice department that indicates why they wish to be admitted to the online criminal justice program.
  • Two letters of recommendation: If the student has an associate degree, these letters should be written by faculty members from their program. If the applicant is applying with two years of work experience, at least one of the letters should be written by a supervisor. The second letter may be written by a colleague in the same department. Both letters should address the applicant’s ability to pursue a rigorous criminal justice major.

Visit our Admissions page for more information on how to apply to the University.


Brandon Pannier
(920) 424-0029