MA Program

Students can meet their degree requirements in one of two ways:

Course Option

Students must take CRI 2010H (Methodological Issues in Criminology). In addition, students must take seven other half courses, for a total of eight half courses. Full-time students must complete the requirements under this option within eight months (September to May).

Students who have had previous comparable methods training, including the material canvassed in methodological issues, can apply for exemption from the methods requirement. Students who feel they may be exempt should discuss this with the Graduate Coordinator. Courses may include a reading course (CRI 3350HF or CRI 3351HS). This course must be approved by the instructor and the Graduate Coordinator.

Research Paper Option

In addition to the required course listed above (research methods) students must take five other half courses and complete a Research Paper (which counts as the equivalent of two half courses). The Research Paper must be supervised by a member of the criminology graduate faculty and this arrangement must be formalised by the end of the first term of study. Full-time students must complete the requirements under this option within twelve months (September to September).

The Research Paper Option requires the approval of the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. Approval is normally given if the student has arranged supervision with a member of the Criminology Graduate Faculty. If the research involves human subjects, it must be reviewed and approved by the University Ethics Review Committee before fieldwork is initiated. For additional information on conducting research that involves human subjects, please see the Ethics Office in Research and International Relations website.

Students may, with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator, take up to three half-courses from other graduate departments within the University in lieu of a non-required course. Finally, participation in the Centre’s seminar series is expected of all graduate students.