Certificate Programs

The School of Criminology offers unique and specialized study in specific areas of interest.  Our certificate programs include focuses in Criminology, Forensic Studies, Legal Studies, Correctional Studies and Police Studies.

Units applied toward a certificate may not be applied toward any other Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma, but may be applied toward major program or minor program requirements, or toward a bachelor’s degree under the normal regulations governing those programs.

Our Program Completion Check Sheets provide a helpful checklist for each of our programs to help you track your progress throughout the Criminology Program. Use the check sheet that corresponds with your program of choice to ensure you've completed all the required courses for your degree.

Criminology General

Program Completion Check Sheet: Criminology General Certificate

This certificate is primarily directed toward undergraduates and criminal justice professionals, but is open to all. Those who hold a bachelor’s degree (in any field of study) should refer to the post baccalaureate diploma in criminology.

This certificate is not designed to satisfy specific employment credentials. Rather, the general certificate provides a basic theoretical and descriptive criminology foundation.

Certificate program courses are offered through the Centre for Distance Education to assist students to understand the complexities of illegal behaviors, as well as society’s reactions.

Units applied toward a certificate may not be applied toward any other Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma, but may be applied toward major program or minor program requirements, or toward a bachelor’s degree under the normal regulations governing those programs.

Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to apply for entry to the Criminology General Certificate program if:

  • they have been admitted to Simon Fraser University (or are in the process of being admitted); and
  • they have completed and received grades for ONE of the following courses, with a final grade of C- or better:
    • CRIM 101-3 Introductory to Criminology
    • CRIM 131-3 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System - A Total System Approach
    • CRIM 135-3 Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: A Criminal Justice Perspective
    • CRIM 220-3 Research Methods in Criminology
    • CRIM 230-3 Criminal Law

Admission, Program Declaration, and Continuation

Applicants must meet university undergraduate admission deadlines as shown in this Calendar. Application forms and official documents must be submitted to Student Services. In addition to applying for University admission, students apply in writing to the School of Criminology's advisor for certificate program declaration.

To continue in the program, students must maintain a 2.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA)*. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.25 cannot enrol in any upper division CRIM courses.

*transfer students who meet the Criminology program declaration requirements upon admission to SFU may use their admission CGPA for declaration purposes

Program Requirements

Students complete:

One of:

  • CRIM 103 - Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behavior (3)
  • CRIM 104 - Sociological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behavior (3)

Plus all of:

  • CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 131 - Introduction to the Criminal Justice System - A Total System Approach (3)
  • CRIM 135 - Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: A Criminal Justice Perspective (3)
  • CRIM 220 - Research Methods in Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 230 - Criminal Law (3)

Plus two of:

  • Any PHIL 100 or 200 division course
  • POL 151 - The Administration of Justice (3)
  • PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology I (3)
  • PSYC 102 - Introduction to Psychology II (3)
  • SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)
  • STAT 205 - Introduction to Statistics (3) or STAT 203 - Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)

Upper Division Course Access

Students with a minimum 2.25 CGPA are eligible to enrol in upper division Criminology courses upon successful completion of 60 units and Certificate declaration. Students pursuing the Certificate independent of a degree program will be eligible to access these courses without completion of 60 units; in these cases, completion of lower division prerequisite courses may be required.

Graduation Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum grade of C- in all required courses. For graduation, students must obtain a minimum 2.25 CGPA, 2.25 UDGPA, 2.25 Criminology program CGPA, and 2.25 Criminology program UDGPA.

Forensic Studies

Program Completion Check Sheet: Forensic Studies Certificate

This certificate is primarily for students and professionals who wish to focus their criminology undergraduate studies on courses that relate to forensic studies.

Units applied toward a certificate may not be applied toward any other Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma, but may be applied toward major program or minor program requirements, or toward a bachelor’s degree under the normal regulations governing those programs.

Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to apply for entry to the Forensic Studies Certificate program if:

  • they have been admitted to Simon Fraser University (or are in the process of being admitted); and
  • they have completed and received grades for the following course, with a final grade of C- or better:
    • CRIM 355-3 The Forensic Sciences

Admission, Program Declaration, and Continuation

Applicants must meet university undergraduate admission deadlines as shown in this Calendar. Application forms and official documents must be submitted to Student Services. In addition to applying for University admission, students apply in writing to the School of Criminology's advisor for certificate program declaration.

To continue in the program, students must maintain a 2.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA)*. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.25 cannot enrol in any upper division CRIM courses.

*transfer students who meet the Criminology program declaration requirements upon admission to SFU may use their admission CGPA for declaration purposes

Program Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 18 units, including

  • CRIM 355 - The Forensic Sciences (3)

and 15 units chosen from

  • ARCH 373 - Human Osteology (5)
  • ARCH 383 - Molecular Bioarchaeology (3)
  • ARCH 442 - Forensic Anthropology (5)
  • ARCH 452 - Introduction to Paleopathology (5)
  • CRIM 356 - The Forensic Sciences II (3)
  • CRIM 357 - Forensic Anatomy (3)
  • CRIM 402 - Biological Explanations of Crime (3)
  • CRIM 416 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) *
  • CRIM 417 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) *
  • CRIM 418 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) *
  • CRIM 451 - Advanced Techniques in Forensic Science (3)
  • CRIM 452 - Skeletal Pathology and Criminalistics (3)
  • CRIM 480 - Computer Forensics and Cybercrime (3)

or any other 300 or 400 division designated forensic studies courses from the school (e.g. special topics courses) or from other Simon Fraser University departments and faculties (see the school's academic advisor for further information)

Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites for all required courses.

Courses must be completed at Simon Fraser University unless permission of the undergraduate chair is granted upon admission to this program. See the school's academic advisor for further information.

* when offered as a forensic studies topic

Upper Division Course Access

Students with a minimum 2.25 CGPA are eligible to enrol in upper division Criminology courses upon successful completion of 60 units and Certificate declaration. Students pursuing the Certificate independent of a degree program will be eligible to access these courses without completion of 60 units; in these cases, completion of lower division prerequisite courses may be required.

Graduation Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum grade of C- in all required courses. For graduation, students must obtain a minimum 2.25 CGPA, 2.25 UDGPA, 2.25 Criminology program CGPA, and 2.25 Criminology program UDGPA.

Correctional Studies

Completion Check Sheet: Certificate in Correctional Studies

This certificate is primarily for individuals who are interested in working within the correctional system, and also for students who wish to focus their criminology undergraduate studies on courses that relate to correctional practice and theory.

Units applied toward a certificate may not be applied toward any other Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma, but may be applied toward major program or minor program requirements, or toward a bachelor’s degree under the normal regulations governing those programs.

Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to apply for entry to the Correctional Studies Certificate program if:

  • they have been admitted to Simon Fraser University (or are in the process of being admitted); and
  • they have completed and received grades for the following course, with a final grade of C- or better:
    • CRIM 241-3 Introduction to Corrections

Admission, Program Declaration, and Continuation

Applicants must meet university undergraduate admission deadlines as shown in this Calendar. Application forms and official documents must be submitted to Student Services. In addition to applying for University admission, students apply in writing to the School of Criminology's advisor for certificate program declaration.

To continue in the program, students must maintain a 2.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA)*. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.25 cannot enrol in any upper division CRIM courses.

*transfer students who meet the Criminology program declaration requirements upon admission to SFU may use their admission CGPA for declaration purposes

Program Requirements

Students complete a total of six courses (18 units), including

  • CRIM 241 - Introduction to Corrections (3)

and five course chosen from

  • CRIM 315 - Restorative Justice (4)
  • CRIM 318 - Special Topics in Criminology (3) *
  • CRIM 319 - Special Topics in Criminology (3) *
  • CRIM 343 - Correctional Practice (3)
  • CRIM 346 - Current Issues in Corrections (3)
  • CRIM 416 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) *
  • CRIM 417 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) *
  • CRIM 418 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) *
  • CRIM 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3)
  • CRIM 440 - Correctional Administration and Planning (3)
  • CRIM 442 - Restorative Justice Practice: Advanced Topics (3) *

Additional relevant courses may be added to the list of optional courses as they become available.

Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites for all required courses.

Courses must be completed at Simon Fraser University unless permission of the undergraduate chair is granted upon admission to this program. See the school's academic advisor for further information.

* when offered as a correctional studies topic

Upper Division Course Access

Students with a minimum 2.25 CGPA are eligible to enrol in upper division Criminology courses upon successful completion of 60 units and Certificate declaration. Students pursuing the Certificate independent of a degree program will be eligible to access these courses without completion of 60 units; in these cases, completion of lower division prerequisite courses may be required.

Graduation Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum grade of C- in all required courses. For graduation, students must obtain a minimum 2.25 CGPA, 2.25 UDGPA, 2.25 Criminology program CGPA, and 2.25 Criminology program UDGPA.

Legal Studies

Program Completion Check Sheet: Legal Studies Certificate

This certificate is primarily for individuals who are interested in working within the justice system and students who wish to focus their criminology undergraduate studies on courses that relate to the law and legal studies.

Units applied toward a certificate may not be applied toward any other Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma, but may be applied toward major program or minor program requirements, or toward a bachelor’s degree under the normal regulations governing those programs.

Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to apply for entry to the Legal Studies Certificate program if:

  • they have been admitted to Simon Fraser University (or are in the process of being admitted); and
  • they have completed and received grades for ONE of the following courses, with a final grade of C- or better:
    • CRIM 332-3 Sociology of Law
    • CRIM 335-3 Human Rights and Civil Liberties
    • CRIM 338-3 Philosophy of Law

Admission, Program Declaration, and Continuation

Applicants must meet university undergraduate admission deadlines as shown in this Calendar. Application forms and official documents must be submitted to Student Services. In addition to applying for University admission, students apply in writing to the School of Criminology's advisor for certificate program declaration.

To continue in the program, students must maintain a 2.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA)*. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.25 cannot enrol in any upper division CRIM courses.

*transfer students who meet the Criminology program declaration requirements upon admission to SFU may use their admission CGPA for declaration purposes

Program Requirements

Students complete a total of six courses (18 units), including all of

  • CRIM 332 - Sociology of Law (3)
  • CRIM 335 - Human Rights and Civil Liberties (3)
  • CRIM 338 - Philosophy of Law (3)

and three courses chosen from

  • BUS 393 - Commercial Law (3)
  • ECON 427W - Industrial Organization: Law and Economics (3)
  • CRIM 310 - Young Offenders and Criminal Justice: Advanced Topics (3)
  • CRIM 314 - Mental Disorder, Criminality and the Law (3)
  • CRIM 317 - Sex, Work, and the Law (3)
  • CRIM 330 - Criminal Procedure and Evidence (3)
  • CRIM 331 - Advanced Criminal Law (3)
  • CRIM 333 - Gender, Law and the State (3)
  • CRIM 334 - Law and Human Reproduction (3)
  • CRIM 336 - Corporate Crime and Corporate Regulation (3)
  • CRIM 416 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) *
  • CRIM 417 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) *
  • CRIM 418 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) *
  • CRIM 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3)
  • FNST 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3)
  • CRIM 432 - Gender in the Courts and the Legal Profession (3)
  • CRIM 436 - Corporate Crime and Corporate Regulation: Advanced Topics (3)
  • CRIM 437 - Crime and Misconduct in the Professions (3)
  • CRIM 438 - Wrongful Convictions and Other Miscarriages of Justice (3)
  • EDUC 445 - Legal Context of Teaching (4)
  • EDUC 446 - Law for the Classroom Teacher (4)
  • EDUC 448 - Teaching about Justice, Law and Citizenship (4)
  • FNST 443W - Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law (4) or HIST 443W - Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law (4)
  • GSWS 411 - Special Topics in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (4) **
  • PHIL 320 - Social and Political Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 321 - Topics in Moral Philosophy (3)
  • POL 324 - The Canadian Constitution (4)
  • POL 344 - International Law (4)
  • POL 346 - International Organization (4)
  • POL 351 - Immigration, Integration, and Public Policy in Canada (4)
  • POL 417 - Human Rights Theories (4)
  • POL 459 - Selected Topics in Governance (4) *
  • PSYC 376 - Experimental Psychology and Law (3)
  • PSYC 379 - Clinical Forensic Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 476 - Selected Topics in Law and Forensic Psychology (4)
  • WL 303 - Global Culture and Its Discontents (4)

Additional relevant courses may be added to the list of optional courses as they become available. Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites for all required courses. Courses must be completed at Simon Fraser University unless permission of the undergraduate chair is granted upon admission to this program. See the school's academic advisor for further information.

* when offered as a legal studies topic

Upper Division Course Access


Students with a minimum 2.25 CGPA are eligible to enrol in upper division Criminology courses upon successful completion of 60 units and Certificate declaration. Students pursuing the Certificate independent of a degree program will be eligible to access these courses without completion of 60 units; in these cases, completion of lower division prerequisite courses may be required.

Graduation Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum grade of C- in all required courses. For graduation, students must obtain a minimum 2.25 CGPA, 2.25 UDGPA, 2.25 Criminology program CGPA, and 2.25 Criminology program UDGPA.

Police Studies

Program Completion Check Sheet: Police Studies Certificate

This certificate is primarily directed toward undergraduates and sworn police officers who wish to focus their criminology undergraduate studies on courses that relate to policing.

Units applied toward a certificate may not be applied toward any other Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma, but may be applied toward major program or minor program requirements, or toward a bachelor’s degree under the normal regulations governing those programs.

Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to apply for entry to the Police Studies Certificate program if:

  • they have been admitted to Simon Fraser University (or are in the process of being admitted); and
  • they have completed and received grades for ALL of the following courses, each with a final grade of C- or better:
    • CRIM 101-3 Introduction to Criminology
    • CRIM 251-3 Introduction to Policing

Serving police officers may apply to have completion of these courses waived.

Admission, Program Declaration, and Continuation

Applicants must meet university undergraduate admission deadlines as shown in this Calendar. Application forms and official documents must be submitted to Student Services. In addition to applying for University admission, students apply in writing to the School of Criminology's advisor for certificate program declaration.

To continue in the program, students must maintain a 2.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA)*. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.25 cannot enrol in any upper division CRIM courses.

*transfer students who meet the Criminology program declaration requirements upon admission to SFU may use their admission CGPA for declaration purposes

Program Requirements

This program consists of six courses (18 units) chosen from the following list. Students may choose to focus their studies by completing courses in several of the following clusters, or they may choose their six from any courses in the list, regardless of the clusters.

Students may also choose any other 300 or 400 division course that is designated as a police studies course. Such courses may be offered by the School of Criminology (e.g. special topics courses), or other departments and faculties such as First Nations Studies Program, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Archaeology, School of Computing Science, Department of Psychology.

See the school's advisor for further information.

Note that some of the following courses may have prerequisites.

All courses must be completed at Simon Fraser University.

Minorities and the Criminal Justice System

  • CRIM 311 - Minorities and the Criminal Justice System (3)
  • CRIM 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3)
  • CRIM 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3)

Forensic Studies

  • CRIM 355 - The Forensic Sciences (3)
  • CRIM 356 - The Forensic Sciences II (3)
  • CRIM 357 - Forensic Anatomy (3)
  • CRIM 451 - Advanced Techniques in Forensic Science (3)
  • CRIM 452 - Skeletal Pathology and Criminalistics (3)

Restorative Justice

  • CRIM 315 - Restorative Justice (4) 
  • CRIM 442 - Restorative Justice Practice: Advanced Topics (3)

Cybercrime

  • CRIM 380 - Introduction to Cybercrime (3) 
  • CRIM 480 - Computer Forensics and Cybercrime (3) 
  • CRIM 481 - Advanced Issues in Cybercrime (3) 

Crime Analysis and Crime Prevention

  • CRIM 350 - Techniques of Crime Prevention I (3)
  • CRIM 352 - Environmental Criminology: Theory and Practice (3)
  • CRIM 433 - Communities and Crime (3)
  • CRIM 449 - Major Crime and Forensic Analysis for Law Enforcement (3)
  • CRIM 450 - Techniques of Crime Prevention II (5)
  • CRIM 457 - Crime and Criminal Intelligence Analysis (4)

Special Types of Offenders or Crimes

  • CRIM 310 - Young Offenders and Criminal Justice: Advanced Topics (3)
  • CRIM 316 - Sexual Offenders and Sexual Offences (3)
  • CRIM 317 - Sex, Work, and the Law (3)
  • CRIM 413 - Terrorism (3)
  • CRIM 454 - Criminal Profiling (3)
  • CRIM 459 - Organized Crime (3) 
  • CRIM 464 - Street Gang Patterns and Policies (3)

Key Issues in Policing

  • CRIM 314 - Mental Disorder, Criminality and the Law (3)
  • CRIM 351 - Police Accountability and Ethics (3)
  • CRIM 410 - Decision-making in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRIM 431 - Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3) *
  • CRIM 453 - Policing Illegal Drug Markets (3)
  • CRIM 455 - Advanced Issues in Policing (3)
  • CRIM 456 - Investigative Psychology in Policing (3)
  • CRIM 458 - Community Policing (3)
  • CRIM 465 - Crime, Economics, and the Economy (3)

Upper Division Course Access

Students with a minimum 2.25 CGPA are eligible to enrol in upper division Criminology courses upon successful completion of 60 units and Certificate declaration. Students pursuing the Certificate independent of a degree program will be eligible to access these courses without completion of 60 units; in these cases, completion of lower division prerequisite courses may be required.

Graduation Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum grade of C- in all required courses. For graduation, students must obtain a minimum 2.25 CGPA, 2.25 UDGPA, 2.25 Criminology program CGPA, and 2.25 Criminology program UDGPA.