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School of Criminology | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Summer 2019


Master of Arts

The School of Criminology offers a master of arts (MA) with research topics in criminology, criminal justice, forensics, and law.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Students admitted to the program normally will have completed one intermediate criminology theory course and two intermediate research methods courses (one quantitative and one qualitative) before admission to the master of arts (MA) program in preparation for undertaking graduate course work.

Program Requirements

This program consists of courses and a thesis for a minimum of 30 units.

Students must complete

CRIM 800 - Criminological Theory I (3)

Intensive exposure to the major streams of criminological theory, the role of theory, and how theory develops, evolves, and changes. Consideration will be given to the relationship between criminological theories, their testable hypotheses and empirical support, as well as the interplay of theory and practice. Students enrolling in this course are expected to have a solid background in undergraduate criminological theory. Equivalent to CRIM 300W.

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

Research design for criminological problems and foundational techniques for the conduct of research in criminology. The further development of fundamental research skills to be applied in research, including subsequent research methods courses and in the preparation of theses and dissertations. Students enrolling in this course are expected to have a solid background in undergraduate research methods, equivalent to CRIM 220.

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

The coverage of a range of statistical techniques, including linear regression, logistic regression, and data reduction techniques such as cluster and factor analysis. The purposes, assumptions, and conduct of such analyses using a statistical software package for social sciences (e.g. SPSS, Stata, R) will be covered. Attention will be given to the decisions involved in data exploration and preparation for statistical modeling purposes. Students enrolling in this course are expected to have a solid background in undergraduate quantitative research methods, equivalent to CRIM 320.

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

A range of research techniques generally subsumed under the rubric of qualitative research including field research, interview techniques, historical and legal research, and documentary analysis. Emphasis will be on the logic underlying such inquiry, the advantages and limitations associated with different sources of information and procedures, and the processes by which analytical rigor is achieved. Students enrolling in this course are expected to have a solid background in undergraduate qualitative research methods, equivalent to CRIM 321.

and six units of graduate courses offered by the School of Criminology

and a thesis

CRIM 898 - MA Thesis (12)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
G200 TBD

Program Length

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

Other Information


The original MA thesis includes an oral defence and is typically 50 to 100 pages in length, including bibliography and footnotes, but exclusive of appendices.

Satisfactory Performance

The candidate's 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 Regulation 1.8.2.

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.