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Criminology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #141 (WUR) Ottawa, Canada
University of Ottawa, Criminology is devoted to the scientific analysis of crime, justice and social control. It focuses on four broad questions: the social construction of norms and the notion of crime; the criminalization of specific behaviours, individuals and groups in our society; the analysis of the goals and functioning of the criminal justice system.


University of Ottawa, Criminology master's program consists of three distinct 30 credit options: one with major research paper, one with thesis, and one with a thesis and field placement.

These three options are intended to equip students with knowledge of the major theoretical and methodological frameworks in criminology so that they will be able to critically analyze them and apply this knowledge to describe and explain conceptual and empirical problems of crime, justice and social control, both within the framework of optional courses or of an internship seminar with an on-site internship.

Thus, a master’s degree with three options is offered:

  • Option with thesis (120 pages). In addition to the mandatory core courses, the acquisition of thematic theoretical and methodological competencies is achieved by means of a thesis and three elective courses.
  • Option with thesis (120 pages) and field placement. In addition to the mandatory core courses, the acquisition of thematic theoretical and methodological competencies is achieved by means of a thesis, a field placement seminar and a field placement of 360 hours in an environment that responds to the learning interests of the student.
  • Option with Major Research Paper (60 pages) that allows the student to complete the program on a part-time basis beginning in the fourth semester of registration. In addition to the mandatory core courses, the acquisition of thematic theoretical and methodological competencies is achieved by means of a major research project and five elective courses.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Research Methodology In Criminology
  • Research Seminar In Criminology
  • Quantitative Methods In Criminology
  • Qualitative Methods In Criminology
  • Theories Of Intervention In Criminology And Alternative Practices
  • Counselling In Criminology
  • Community Intervention In Criminology
  • Social Policy And Criminology
  • Field Placement Seminar
  • Contemporary Criminological Theories

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: B+
Recommended score: B+

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Students must hold a Bachelor's degree with a major in Criminology or equivalent with a minimum average of 75% (B+).
  • Their previous studies must have included CRM4304 Qualitative Research in Criminology (3cr.) and CRM3334 Quantitative Research in Criminology (3cr.) or equivalent. If not, they will have to take them as additional courses during their first session in the MA program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15728 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7864 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5448 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2724 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Ottawa

  • 1168 - 1930 CAD/month
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