Criminology Master of Arts Program

Note - Degree Requirements and Admission criteria were revised for admissions beginning in Fall 2016. There will no longer be a Course, Practicum and Project Option. Entrants wishing to engage in a practicum experience and/or pursue applied/evaluation research will be able to do so within the Thesis Option.

Degree Requirements

Please consult the academic calendar for the most up to date degree requirements.

The MA program requires the completion of 30 units, including a minimum of 18 units of course work as specified below, an original MA thesis, and an oral defence of the MA thesis.

The course work requirement includes:

CRIM 800 - Criminological Theory I (3)

CRIM 860 - Research Methods I: Research Design (3)

CRIM 861 - Research Methods II: Quantitative Methods (3)

CRIM 862 - Research Methods III: Qualitative Methods (3)

and at least 6 units selected from additional graduate course offerings in the School of Criminology.

The remaining 12 units will be completed through an MA thesis that typically will be 50 to 100 pages in length, including bibliography and footnotes, but exclusive of appendices.

CRIM 898 - MA Thesis (12)

As per Graduate Studies regulations, all graduate students are required to maintain continuous enrollment unless they have been granted a leave of absence from their program.  


G100: for students living in the lower mainland (UPass and full student fees).

G200: for students living outside of the lower mainland (No UPass and reduced student fees).  This section requires permission.  Contact the Graduate Secretary with your program and student number to request enrollment.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in 6 terms (2 years).

Satisfactory Performance

The candidate‚Äôs progress is assessed once per year by the school. A student who performs unsatisfactorily is not permitted to continue in the program, subject to the review procedure described in graduate general regulations.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.