Criminology (master's program)
Master of Arts
|Faculty of Social Science and Humanities|
|UOIT, Downtown Oshawa|
|24 months, based on full-time study|
|Courses with final major paper or courses with research thesis|
The Master of Arts 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.
The 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 PhD level.
Special emphasis in the MA program is placed on the study of two fields: Inequality and Crime, and Cybercrime. The requirement that students learn and apply both quantitative and qualitative research skills is also unique to this program.
- Inequality and Crime
- 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 program-specific documentation (in addition to all general document requirements):
- 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); and
- 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.
Required test scores for English language proficiency:
The minimum required test scores for this program are the general scores listed on the English language proficiency page.
Application deadlines vary by program. Please visit the application deadlines page 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. Visit the application process and requirements page for step-by-step instructions.
Sample research areas:
- Beliefs about justice
- Crime and ethnicity
- Criminological theory
- Eyewitness psychology
- Hate crime
- Inequality and crime
- Legal studies
- Poverty and inner-city crime
- Psychology and law
- Psychology of deception
- Restorative justice
- Stereotyping, stigmatization and discrimination
- Woman abuse
- Wrongful conviction
- Youth crime
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
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 at UOIT 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 visit the Tuition and Fees section of the Graduate Studies website.