Admission to the Master’s Program

Masters courses in criminology are designed with the expectation that students have a sound understanding of social science methodologies, are capable of writing research and analytical papers, and are conversant with criminological theories.

Candidates for admission to the M.A. Program must have a four-year university bachelor’s degree normally in the social sciences or humanities.

  • A four year bachelor degree is regarded as normally consisting of 20 full courses.
  • Applicants with arts and science degrees must have at least a B+ standing.
  • Applicants who have already completed a J.D. degree or its equivalent in law schools must have at least a B standing.

Each year a large number of applicants apply for the relatively small number of places available in the M.A. program.

Although a B+ average is the minimum requirement for admission to M.A. programs at the University of Toronto, successful applicants often have an A- average (80%) or higher over the most recent two or three years of study.

Even people with an A- or an A average, however, are not guaranteed admission, since admission decisions are based on a holistic reading of applicant files by a committee of graduate faculty. This includes grades, reference letters, statements of intent, and courses taken.

For further information on applying to the program, please see How to Apply.

Program Length

The MA program can be completed in one year full-time and two years part-time.

  • Part-time study means you can take the program over a two-year period, however, all courses are offered during the day.
  • There is no provision for course instruction in the evening in this program.

If you would like to apply to the program, please download a copy of the Criminology Graduate Program Handbook, and the application package.

If you have questions regarding the application process, you can contact the Graduate Administrator.