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Criminology (Master's program)

Program details

Faculty
Social Science and Humanities

Degree
Master of Arts

Delivery method
Hybrid online/in-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, Downtown Oshawa

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

Overview

A group of students with open textbooks talk with each other 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.

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.


Fields

  • Cybercrime
    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.

Admissions

Admissions


  • 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.
  • While the program is intended to be completed on a full-time basis, a small number of part-time students may be admitted each year to increase program accessibility.

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.

The application deadline for the Master of Arts (MA) in Criminology program has been extended from February 1 to May 1. Please note, however, that applications will start to be reviewed by the Faculty on February 1. Applications will be reviewed and offers will be released until the program reaches capacity. Once program capacity is reached, applications will no longer be accepted. Applications will not be reviewed after May 1.

It is highly recommended that you start the application process well in advance of the deadline. Applicants are encouraged to complete their application and submit all required documents as soon as possible, to ensure the best chance of securing an offer.

Note: The university reserves the right to amend application deadlines and/or close applications without prior notice.

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

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.

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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.

Program details

Faculty
Social Science and Humanities

Degree
Master of Arts

Delivery method
Hybrid online/in-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, Downtown Oshawa

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

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.


Additional Information


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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.

Contact the program:

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
905.721.3234
SSHgrad@ontariotechu.ca

Contact the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:

905.721.8668 ext. 6209
gradstudies@ontariotechu.ca