M.A. On Campus

Criminology and Social Justice

Ryerson University

12 months
23795 CAD/year
9038 CAD/year
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In keeping with Ryerson University’s tradition of being deeply connected to one of the world’s most culturally and linguistically diverse urban centres, this 3-semester Criminology and Social Justice MA emphasizes social justice and critical analyses of existing criminal justice, legal and social structures.


 It provides students with the theoretical, methodological and professional foundations required for understanding various forms of inequality as they intersect with the criminal justice system, and improving access to justice.


The MA in Criminology and Social Justice at the Ryerson University offers structured yet flexible options for pursuing advanced study. The graduate program combines theoretical training in Criminology and socio-legal studies, with practical, real-world knowledge and experience. Optional field placement positions complement classroom learning and give students opportunities to apply knowledge while developing valuable networking, mentoring and career-related skills.

The MA in Criminology and Social Justice prepares students for professional and leadership roles in private, public and non-profit sectors related to social justice, including: local communities, NGOs, government, international organizations, the legal profession and academia.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Criminology and Social Justice Seminar
  • Critical Engagement with Criminological Theories
  • Field Placement
  • Inequality, Social Justice and Criminal Justice
  • Justice Policy
  • Practitioners Seminar
  • Additional courses offered by other Ryerson MA/PhD programs

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


8 alternative credits

3 options:

  • Course work only, which requires students complete 3 required plus 5 elective courses
  • Course and field placement option, which requires students to take 3 required and 4 elective courses and a summer field placement.
  • Course work and a major research paper, which requires 3 required and 3 elective courses plus a Major Research Paper.


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completion of a four-year undergraduate (or equivalent degree) from an accredited institution
  • Statement of interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Sample of work
  • English language proficiency requirement

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23795 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 23795 CAD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9038 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9038 CAD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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