Wisconsin Criminal Justice Degrees & Programs

Students who are interested in earning a criminal justice degree in Wisconsin can choose from 51 colleges and universities, which also offer 51 undergraduate degrees and four graduate degrees.

Consider online Criminal Justice programs currently accepting applicants:

Students can choose from a large selection of majors and areas of concentration including cyber crime investigation, criminal justice, forensic science, paralegal, judicial reporting, and law enforcement academy. Several schools also offer online criminal justice programs.

Criminal Justice Scholarships Available in Wisconsin

Wisconsin students pursuing criminal justice degrees may find scholarship opportunities through the Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin Trooper’s Benevolent Foundation, Wisconsin Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge, Wisconsin Electronic Security Association, and the Wisconsin Professional Police Association Scholarship Program.

The University of Wisconsin – Platteville also offers scholarships to eligible criminal justice students.

Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending

Social workers & justices are predicted to see little or no job growth between 2012 and 2022, stated O*NET. However, lawyers and investigators & private detectives should see growths of fifteen and thirteen percent.

Lawyers should see about 290 new job postings each year while jailers & correctional officers and police & patrol officers should see 230 and 390, respectively. See below for 2014 wages, predicted employment growth and national average wages.

  • Lawyers – $83,900 – 15% – $105,900
  • Judges, magistrate judges & magistrates – $79,200 – -1% – $115,100
  • First-line supervisors of police & detectives $73,900 – 3% -$80,900
  • Criminal investigators & detectives – $67,700 – 3% – $79,900
  • Forensic science technicians – $57,100 – 4% – $55,400
  • Police & patrol officers – $55,700 – 3% – $56,800
  • Criminal justice & law enforcement post-secondary teachers – $54,400 – 9% – $57,200
  • Correctional facility specialists & probation officers – $49,400 – 1% – $49,100
  • Fire investigators & inspectors – $47,200 – NA% – $56,100
  • Fish & game wardens $46,200– 5%- $50,900
  • Jailers & correctional officers – $42,100 – 5% – $39,800
  • Investigators & private detectives – $38,000 – 13% – $44,600
  • Social workers, all other – $27,200 – -1% – $59,100