Why Graduate Studies at SFU's School of Criminology?

Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University has a well-versed complement of full-time faculty members contributing to groundbreaking research nationally and internationally.

The School boasts several well-funded research centres and institutes providing numerous research opportunities for graduate students in diverse areas of study.

Prospective students choose SFU knowing that the University provides a world-class education while offering competitive tuition rates, teaching assistantships and scholarship opportunities.



Students are required to complete course work and an original MA thesis. Students entering the program are expected to identify a potential senior supervisor. Most students who choose this option either continue on to a PhD program or pursue a career in research, policy analysis or teaching.


Students entering the PhD program will have opportunities to conduct research with internationally renowned faculty members. This program includes course work and an original PhD thesis. The School also provides teaching opportunities for PhD candidates.


"My time at SFU was an adventure; it was full of opportunities, memories, and the start of great professional and personal relationships. Together with the mountains, sunsets, and “Instagram-worthy” views, the mentorship provided at the School of Criminology was what I valued most."

- Sadaf Hashimi
MA '15

"I am extremely grateful for my education in the School of Criminology at SFU first and foremost due to the mentorship I received from my supervisor – I could not have asked for a better supervisor and academic to guide me during my tenure at SFU and into my career at CSULB."

- Rebecca Nash
PhD '13

"My decision to pursue graduate school in SFU’s School of Criminology was based on the School’s reputation of excellence in supervision, teaching, generous funding and research. The School is one of the top schools in Criminology in the Western hemisphere."

- Ehsan Jozaghi
PhD '15

"I chose to pursue my Master's degree in the School of Criminology because I believed it would give me a well-rounded exposure to all facets of academic work. One of the program’s greatest strengths is the wide variety of opportunities it provides to its students."

- Shannon Linning
MA '15


Anderson, Gail • Forensic science

Andresen, Martin • Spatial criminology

Beauregard, Eric • Sexual violence

Bell, Lynne • Forensic anthropology

Bouchard, Martin • Illicit networks

Boyd, Neil • Drug law & policy, homicide

Corrado, Raymond • Youth crime, terrorism

Davies, Garth • Terrorism

Frank, Richard • Cybercrime

Gordon, Robert • Law and aging

Griffiths, Curt • Policing

Helmus, Maaike • Offender risk assessment

Kinney, Bryan • Environmental criminology

Lysova, Alexandra • Violence, homicide

MacAlister, David • Sentencing

McCuish, Evan • Criminal careers

Morrison, Brenda • Restorative justice

Palys, Ted • Research methods

Rowan, Zachary • Groups & crime

Wong, Jennifer • Crime prevention & intervention


The School of Criminology has both a strong national and international focus. Undergraduate and graduate students join us from all parts of Canada.

At the international level, persons enrolled in the MA and PhD programs have come from the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Belgium
  • Jamaica
  • China
  • Nigeria
  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Ethiopia
  • South Africa
  • Ghana
  • United Kingdom
  • Guatemala
  • United States
  • India


The School of Criminology offers competitive tuition rates. Various teaching assistantships and scholarship opportunities are available for all graduate students. The School also offers the possibility of sessional instructing opportunities to its PhD students.

Graduate students may apply to multiple funding opportunities internally, and are encouraged to apply for major external awards.  

  • Major Entrance Scholarships
  • Graduate Fellowships
  • SFU Private Awards
  • President's PhD Scholarships
  • Travel & Research Awards
  • Major External Awards


Our admissions process is based upon a comparison of qualifications among those who apply.

Our primary considerations for admissions include

  • previous academic performance
  • graduate performance potential
  • research interests

No GRE score is required.

We consider a broad range of information about each candidate, admitting students with a background in one or more of the behavioural or social sciences, or with legal training, who are interested in becoming specialists in criminology.

Our objective is to enroll a cohort each year that is both academically accomplished and diverse in interests, background and experience. 


Prospective students complete a two-step online application process before submitting all paper documents.

Application process includes

  • university transcripts
  • letters of reference
  • statement of area of research interest
  • evidence of completion of prerequisite courses (or equivalent)