How to Apply

Applications to the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) through the online application which is housed on a secure server at the University of Toronto. The Centre will consider your application only after you have entered your personal and academic information in the online application, paid the application fee, and submitted the supporting documents by the deadline date.

Once you access the SGS online admissions application and enter your contact information, an applicant identification number and a password will be emailed to you. You can leave and return to your application at any point until you move to the payment stage. At that point you can return to check on the status of this application including whether we have received your supporting documents.

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Payment of Application Fee

Payment of your application fee must be received by the School of Graduate Studies before we will consider your application. You may pay online by VISA or Mastercard. This payment method is secure as the transaction is handled by Moneris, a third party authorized by VISA and Mastercard. Moneris provides the School of Graduate Studies with payment confirmation only. SGS and the University of Toronto will not have access to your credit card information. Please note that the process requires that popup blockers on your web browser be disabled.

If you are unable to pay by credit card you may print an invoice from the application and mail it with a certified cheque to the School of Graduate Studies. Please do not send your application fee to the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies.

If for some reason you cannot use the online admission application, please contact us at

The applicant is responsible for assembling and submitting all required material by the application deadline  January 8, 2018. Complete the SGS online admissions applications here.

Remember to enter your SGS applicant ID on the documents. It is your responsibility to check the system frequently to verify that the documents have been received.

The SGS on-line application fee is a non-refundable fee. If you apply to the wrong department, you must submit a new application and pay another application fee if you wish to be considered for a different program other than what you initially applied for.

Currently the fee is $120.00 Canadian.

Note: The application fee must be submitted online with the application. no information should be mailed to SGS unless you are unable to pay the application fee online. in this case, an invoice (as noted above) can be mailed to SGS with the appropriate payment.


Submission of Application

  1. Log in to the online application:
  2. Complete the on-line application (biographical and education information).
  3. Pay application fee.
  4. Enter information for two referees in on-line application. Letters of reference must be submitted online. These must be academic references from professors or special lecturers; not from teaching assistants. If your referee/s encounter’s a problem with the online submission, please have your referee complete the reference form and mail it to the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, Graduate Office, in a sealed envelope with a signature over the seal. The letter should be sent directly from the referee. Please note that we do not accept letters of reference that are sent by fax or by email.
  5. Upload or scan copies of all post-secondary education through the on-line application (including exchanges and transfer credits). The admissions committee will make its decision about your application based on your scanned transcript(s).
  6.   Submit through the online application a statement of interest (maximum 600 words). MA applicants should respond to each of these questions in the following sequence.  Each answer should be no more than 200 words in length.

i)  Why do you wish to pursue a master’s degree in criminology and sociolegal studies?  Please feel free to discuss any relevant academic, public policy, or personal interests that motivate your decision to apply to a master’s program.  You may also tell us about your career plans and how this graduate degree would fit into them.

ii) Please describe your academic and professional qualifications for graduate work in criminology and sociolegal studies.  You should describe your previous undergraduate and graduate studies, and explain how they prepare you for a master’s degree in criminology and sociolegal studies.  Please comment on your marks, and note any awards or other particular evidence of distinction.  If you have relevant professional experience, you may note this as well.  In addition, if you have faced particular personal obstacles that have detrimentally affected your marks, you may explain them here.

iii) Please explain why you believe that the master’s program in criminology and sociolegal studies at the University of Toronto is a good match with your professional objectives and interests.  Please note any particular courses, fields of study, or instructors of particular interest to you.

Ph.D. Applicants should note the following:

In your statement of interest, you should indicate your intended area(s) of doctoral research, and also set forth briefly your relevant academic training to date, including any distinctions or other specific evidence of academic excellence and suitability for doctoral studies.  Also, please note that in addition to assessing your own qualifications for doctoral work, the Graduate Admissions Committee and the Centre faculty will seek to determine whether we can provide appropriate supervision for you during your studies in our program.  Therefore, it is advisable to contact prospective supervisors well in advance of submitting an application to discuss your possible interest in working with them.  Faculty profiles are listed on the Centre’s website, which also indicates which faculty members are eligible to supervise doctoral students.  Although you are not required to secure the commitment of any faculty member to serve as your supervisor, you should note in your statement which professor(s) could serve either in this capacity, or as members of your dissertation committee, and indicate whether you have been in touch with those individuals.  Please try to limit your statement to a maximum of 1,000 words in length.

In addition to the statement of interest, you must submit two academic letters of recommendation.  Please note that these references must be academic in nature; that is, they should generally be from former instructors or academic supervisors who can speak to your qualifications for doctoral work, and not from (for example) your employer in a non-academic workplace.  You should send a sample of written work (e.g., chapter from a master’s thesis, published paper, or other research paper).



Complete all parts (biography, education, program of study, reference contact, and application payment)of the online application by January 8, 2018.

Please note that your application will not be considered if you do not meet the above deadline.

Transcripts, reference letters, statement of interest and application summary must be received by January 15, 2018.

The applicant is responsible for assembling and ensuring all required material is received by the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies by the above deadlines. We advise applicants to check the online application system frequently, to verify that the documents have been received.

Applications with missing documentation (transcripts, statement of interest, academic references) will not be considered.


Supporting documents, i.e., Ph.D. writing sample must be mailed to:

Graduate Program Administrator
Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
Canadiana Gallery BuildingUniversity of Toronto
14 Queen’s Park Crescent West, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON
Canada  M5S 3K9