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Criminology (Master's program)

Degree Master of Arts
Faculty Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Location Downtown Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Approximately 24 months, based on full-time study
Program load Full-time
Program format Coursework and an original thesis or coursework and a major paper
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The Criminology master's program provides students with a solid foundation of advanced knowledge in criminological theory, sophisticated research methodologies, complex quantitative and qualitative applications and contemporary substantive issues in criminology.

General information

The Master of Arts (MA) in Criminology program provides students with a solid foundation of advanced knowledge in criminological theory, sophisticated research methodologies, complex quantitative and qualitative applications, and contemporary substantive issues in criminology. Specifically, the MA program seeks to provide students with an in-depth and broad understanding of contemporary criminological issues and debates, and the critical thinking and practical skills necessary to conduct criminological research in the public and private sectors. This includes, but is not limited to, public policy agencies, social services, and government and non-government organizations. The program trains both mid-career and pre-career students for careers in analysis and research in criminal justice agency settings. It also prepares students for advanced graduate work in criminology at the doctoral level.

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Combines special content areas of criminal activity with training in criminological theory and methods. The field crystallizes an area of research on the interface between Computer Science, Internet Science and Criminology.

Inequality and Crime

Explores the interplay of race, ethnicity, social class and gender in relation to crime and its control, and critically evaluate some of the major explanations offered for these relationships.

Admission requirements

  • Hold a four-year honours undergraduate degree in the social sciences from a Canadian university, or its equivalent from a recognized institution. Normally, applicants are expected to have graduated with a social science degree that has provided them with a sound understanding of social science methodologies and a basic understanding of criminological theories.
  • Minimum overall academic standing of a B (GPA: 3.0 on a 4.3 scale or 73 to 76 per cent), with a minimum B average in the last two full-time years (four semesters) of undergraduate work or equivalent.

Required supporting documents

  • A curriculum vitae (CV) including the applicant's education, employment, teaching and research experience, and publications (if any).
  • A sample of scholarly writing from a previous undergraduate course (up to 20 pages, double-spaced, one-sided documents only).
  • A third letter of recommendation from an academic or non-academic source. At least two of the letters of recommendation should be from faculty members from a previous degree-conferring program.

Applicants must also submit the required documents outlined in the checklist of required documents.

Required test scores for English language proficiency:

See English language proficiency for the minimum required test scores for this program.

Application deadlines

Please see application deadlines for specific dates. Note that the application deadlines listed are for both the online application and all supporting documentation.

How to apply

Applications for admission to all graduate studies programs are submitted online. There are five steps you must go through to complete the application process. See application process and requirements for step-by-step instructions.

Many of our graduate programs are extremely competitive; the number of qualified applicants normally exceeds the number of seats available for each intake. Satisfaction of minimum entry requirements does not ensure admission.


Sample research areas:

  • Abuse against women
  • Beliefs about justice
  • Corrections/penology
  • Crime and ethnicity
  • Criminology theory
  • Cybercrime
  • Hate crime
  • Homicide
  • Inequality and crime
  • Mental health
  • Policing
  • Poverty and inner-city crime
  • Restorative justice
  • Social media
  • Stereotyping, stigmatization and discrimination
  • Surveillance
  • Terrorism
  • Victimization

Learn more about the research areas within this program and find research experts by visiting the faculty’s website and the university's Expert Centre.

Program curriculum

For program requirements, including required number of credits for completion, program maps and course descriptions, please see the Graduate Academic Calendar and Course Catalogue.


Internal awards and funding

Applicants to research-based graduate programs who are studying full-time are automatically considered for some types of funding at the time of admission.

Types of funding that do not require an application:

  • Entrance scholarships
  • Minimum funding packages
  • Teaching assistantships, research assistantships and graduate research assistantships

For more details on the above funding opportunities, see graduate student awards and funding.

Please note: Part-time students are not eligible for the above funding opportunities.

External awards and funding

Graduate program applicants are encouraged to apply for external awards to help finance their education. The application process differs for each competition, so review the information carefully to determine where and when you must apply. Please note: The majority of these awards are for domestic or permanent residents only.


Tuition fees for graduate programs are charged on a flat-fee or fee-per-credit basis and vary by program and student status.

For current, specific fees and details on flat-fee versus fee-per-credit programs, please see tuition and fees.


For more information:

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Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:

905.721.8668 ext. 6209 

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