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Criminal Justice Online

Prepare for a career or continue your education!

While each student’s goals are different and complex, the most common post-graduation activity for graduates from the online Criminal Justice degree program is a career in the criminal justice field or to continue their education in post-graduate work.

Career Opportunities

Law Enforcement: Graduates from the UW Oshkosh criminal justice program are now working in local police or sheriff’s departments, state agencies and federal agencies. Many students also find careers in private security. The State of Wisconsin requires certification before one can serve as a law enforcement officer. Our graduates receive this training from various Wisconsin Technical Colleges.

Institutional and Community Corrections: This is a rapidly growing area of employment. Students who choose corrections-related employment work in juvenile and adult institutions, juvenile and adult probation and parole, juvenile and adult residential treatment for offenders, and in programs for mentally ill offenders and substance abuse. Several victim/witness programs in Wisconsin employ our graduates, many of them in management positions. Other graduates work in forensic mental health, family counseling, therapeutic recreation, and youth mentoring programs.

Post-Graduate Educational Opportunities

Academia and Research: A Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice can be your first step toward a professional career in academia and research in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, and/or other related disciplines. Our teaching and research internships also equip our students with the knowledge and ability to compete for graduate and research assistantships at your school of choice. Common graduate degrees that our students go on to pursue include:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Public Administration/Affairs
  • Public Safety Administration

Law School: Recent graduates with a major in Criminal Justice have been admitted to such institutions as the University of Wisconsin Law School, Marquette University College of Law, Hamline University Law School, Drake University School of Law and the Ohio State University College of Law.


Brandon Pannier
(920) 424-0029