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Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

Students holding a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized institution must meet the admission requirements for graduate studies. See graduate general regulation 1.3.3 and also see graduate general regulation 1.3.8.

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.

Application fees are set by the dean of graduate studies office, and are subject to change each year.

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)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Martin Bouchard
Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10218, Burnaby
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Ted Palys
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10115, Burnaby

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.

NOTE: SFU students enrolled in the Accelerated MA within the School of Criminology may apply a maximum of 10 graduate course units, taken while completing the bachelor's degree, towards the upper division undergraduate electives of the bachelor's program and the requirements of the master's degree. These graduate courses must be passed with a grade of B (3.0) or better in order to be used towards the requirements of the master's degree. Students may apply for the Accelerated MA once they have completed 90 credits with a 3.67 or greater CGPA that includes CRIM 300W, CRIM 320, CRIM 321, and CRIM 330. For more information go to:

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.