Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy

University of Guelph

12 months
13674 CAD/year
4754 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy program of University of Guelph is jointly run by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of Political Science. 


The Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy program of University of Guelph distinguishes itself from other MA programs in Criminology offered in the province by having a strong emphasis on criminal justice and governance, while still providing students the necessary background for continued studies in Criminology, Sociology or Political Science.

Program options

  • Course work
  • Major Research Paper
  • Thesis 

Students can complete the program by course work, or by writing a thesis or major research paper (MRP). The course work option will require 4.0 credits (8 courses), the MRP option will require 4 credits (6 courses plus the MRP) and the thesis option will require 2.0 credits (4 courses plus the thesis). The core courses cover: Research Methods in Criminal Justice, Criminological Theory, Governing Criminal Justice, Courts and a Professional Seminar in CCJP.


In addition to providing the appropriate background for continued graduate studies in Criminology, Sociology or Political Science, the program has a number of other benefits. First, the program provides students with the background necessary to enter into employment or advance their careers in the criminal justice system, either in a policy or administrative capacity for government or non-governmental organizations, or as front-line service providers (police officers, probation officers and corrections officers). Students might also find employment as instructors at colleges that offer criminal justice programs. Second, the program equips students with general tools in critical thinking, communication and methodology, which would be useful for employment or educational opportunities beyond the criminal justice field.

Are you interested in

  • Violence
  • Youth
  • Cyber-Crime
  • Deviance
  • Policing 
  • Gender and Crime
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Corrections and Penology
  • The Sociology and Politics of Law

Career opportunities

  • Working with vulnerable groups or populations
  • Policy Advisors
  • NGO Managers
  • Lecturers
  • Police, Probation, and Corrections Officers

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Courts
  • Governing Criminal Justice
  • Professional Seminar in CCJP
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Sociological Theory
  • Quantitative Research Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
B+ (recommended)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A four-year undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with a minimum “B” average. 
  • We anticipate that only students with average of “B+” or higher will be considered for admission. 
  • The expectation is that the undergraduate degree will be in Sociology, Criminology or Political Science. 
  • Students with at least five courses in Criminology and/or Public Policy may be admitted, if part of a major in another social science or humanities program. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13674 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6837 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    4754 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2377 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy
University of Guelph