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Masters Degrees in Criminology, Canada

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The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology now offers a formal Criminology MA. The Criminology MA is designed to meet the clear and growing demand for highly qualified personnel in criminology. Read more
The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology now offers a formal Criminology MA. The Criminology MA is designed to meet the clear and growing demand for highly qualified personnel in criminology. The programme prepares students for research and leadership roles in related industry fields and academia.

The program will provide students with an opportunity to acquire, through coursework and thesis research, seminars and networking, academic and professional knowledge in the multi-faceted areas of crime, security, social justice and related subjects. The program develops applied research skills that will enable students to become independent research investigators capable of disseminating knowledge and research results through their engagement in criminal justice and related fields.

The MA thesis project emphasizes student training and the development of research competencies and skills demanded of criminology professionals. It will enable graduates to review, problem-solve, report on, and disseminate current research in terms relevant to various policy stakeholders within the field and to develop ideas, propositions, and plans to redress concerns related to criminology. The Criminology MA aims to foster excellence in areas that are at the forefront of research and innovation within criminology. The programme provides students the necessary research tools and facilities for their intellectual development within a scholarly, dynamic, and collaborative research environment.

The program leverages the combined expertise and resources of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology to develop an innovative Criminology MA program that attracts graduate students to the University of Windsor from Canada and the world. The Department has an exemplary record of external research funding and training highly qualified personnel. Each of the faculty investigators contributing to the Criminology MA has their own independent research program in addition to collaborating in the development of joint research initiatives and graduate education. This combined network of expertise will provide Criminology MA students with valuable exposure to faculty and research resources in criminology and related fields. The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology is well positioned in terms of its resources, faculty expertise, and commitment to high quality graduate education. The Department is pleased to offer a first-rate Criminology MA at the University of Windsor.

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The Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, founded in ​1964, offers advanced interdisciplinary study in two closely related, overlapping areas. Read more
The Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, founded in ​1964, offers advanced interdisciplinary study in two closely related, overlapping areas: criminology and sociolegal studies. MA graduates find employment in government (in areas such as child and youth services or addiction as well as criminal justice fields), in governmental organizations in the criminal justice field, in social science research, or in other positions for which a background in criminology and legal studies is useful. Some choose to go to law school, and many have gone on to other post-graduate work, such as in criminology, sociology, law, and social work. PhD graduates have mainly found employment in tenure-​track positions, most often in sociology departments or in criminology programs. Both the MA and PhD degree programs are academic rather than professional/vocational.

Students enrolled in doctoral programs in other departments of the University of Toronto may apply to be appointed as Junior Fellows at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. The objective of the Junior Fellow program is to involve doctoral students whose work overlaps with the research conducted at the centre and to enhance the interdisciplinarity of the centre. Junior Fellows have come from history, geography, law, and sociology. Exceptionally, doctoral students pursuing degrees at other universities but residing in Toronto may apply to be appointed as Visiting Junior Fellows.

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The University of Winnipeg has received provincial approval for the creation of a new two-year Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree which can be pursued full or part-time and will include the option to take courses in Indigenous Governance and the Public Administration graduate programs. Read more
The University of Winnipeg has received provincial approval for the creation of a new two-year Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree which can be pursued full or part-time and will include the option to take courses in Indigenous Governance and the Public Administration graduate programs. It is the first graduate program of its kind in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or Northwestern Ontario.

“The MA in Criminal Justice is an important addition to the suite of innovative, multidisciplinary graduate programs offered by the University of Winnipeg.,” said Dr. Mavis Reimer, Dean of Graduate Studies. “This degree will offer a stream designed for professionals in the various sectors of the justice system and a stream designed for research students. An important focus of the program will be on Indigenous justice issues, supporting and extending the commitment of the University to the Indigenization of its curriculum.”

The new degree is expected to begin in 2018-2019 and once fully established, will accommodate 25 students in the program. Criminal justice is a popular undergraduate program at UWinnipeg with 630 undergraduate students currently selecting it as their major.

“We are very excited to have received approval for this new Master’s which will provide students with opportunities to learn about all aspects of the criminal justice system including policing, criminal law, and corrections,” said Dr. Steven Kohm, Chair, Criminal Justice. “Students in our MA program will be able to contribute to meaningful debate and serious research into pressing issues of justice facing Manitoba and Canada. This strengthens UWinnipeg’s leadership in justice education in Western Canada.”

The new Master’s will offer either a course-based stream or a thesis stream, designed for those continuing to PhD work. Concentrations within the program will be on traditional criminal justice theory, methods, criminal justice policy, and program evaluation.

The program is expected to attract professionals already working in the field as well as undergraduates from criminal justice and related disciplines such as sociology, political science, and conflict resolution. The new degree is also expected to appeal to adult learners already established in justice and social-service professions. The program has designed opportunities for students to pursue electives in the graduate Indigenous Governance program, with a view to specifically attracting students interested in Indigenous justice issues.

Criminal justice is a discipline that has arisen at the intersection of several disciplines, including law, psychology, sociology, urban studies, and criminology since the 1960s. The UWinnipeg approach is multi-disciplinary.

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The MA in Justice Studies is a two-year, interdisciplinary graduate program and stresses the importance of a collaborative and problem focused approach to justice. Read more
The MA in Justice Studies is a two-year, interdisciplinary graduate program and stresses the importance of a collaborative and problem focused approach to justice. Recognizing the multi-problematic aspects of complex social issues, this transdisciplinary approach is essential in understanding the complexity of a problem and in developing effective solutions often missed under more traditional approaches to justice.

A one-year Graduate Diploma in Justice Studies is also offered.

Delivery Model

Online Learning
The majority of this program is experienced through online learning. Online courses enable you to meet the demands of work and family while studying. Using our web-based learning platform, you will access your reading materials, complete individual and group assignments, and engage with the rest of your classmates and instructors; online from anywhere. Each online course will be nine weeks in length, with a two-week break between courses.

Residency
During the course of your two-year program, you will attend two, two-week on-campus residencies. Here you’ll interact face-to-face with your instructors, cohort and team. You’ll have set class hours as well as homework and meetings outside of class hours, making this an intensive and rewarding time.

Completion Options

During the first year of study, all students will take the same set of courses. During the second year, students can select from the following options:

Thesis Track
Students taking the thesis track will be required to take a second research course during their second residency.

Course-Based Track
Students taking the course-based track will be able to continue their studies online during the second year, choosing from a suite of electives designed to appeal to students in all three Humanitarian Studies’ graduate programs.

Course-Based Track with Internship
Within the course-based track, students may choose to take a 6-credit internship. Students who choose an internship will gain field experience. This experiential learning will help students apply their theoretical knowledge by demonstrating their ability in a real-world setting, and documenting their experiences.

Learning Outcomes

Royal Roads University works with an outcomes-based learning model. Learning outcomes are clear, plain language descriptors of knowledge and performance tasks that students demonstrate in order to successfully complete a program.

Within the MA in Justice Studies, there are five key learning outcome domains:
-Critical Thinking
-Communication
-Research
-Knowledge
-Professional Skills & Practice

Using learning outcomes helps to clarify a program’s focus, helps students connect their program to their workplace, provides a focus for assessment/evaluation, and helps employers understand the benefits of the program. Read more about the learning outcomes.

Who It’s For

Ideal for those seeking career advancement in a justice-related institution or agency, including government, policing, corrections, customs and immigration, DND and Coast Guard, for-profit/non-profit, and international organizations, and for students seeking to continue their post-secondary education in justice studies.

Flexible Admission

Normally 10 years of work experience, with a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in a leadership or management position, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. All flexible admission applicants will normally be required to take "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" and obtain a minimum B+ (77%).

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The Graduate Diploma (GD) in Justice Studies is a one-year, interdisciplinary graduate program and stresses the importance of a collaborative and problem focused approach to justice. Read more
The Graduate Diploma (GD) in Justice Studies is a one-year, interdisciplinary graduate program and stresses the importance of a collaborative and problem focused approach to justice. Recognizing the multi-problematic aspects of complex social issues, this transdisciplinary approach is essential in understanding the complexity of a problem and in developing effective solutions often missed under more traditional approaches to justice.

Delivery Model

Online Learning
The majority of this program is experienced through online learning. Online courses enable you to meet the demands of work and family while studying. Using our web-based learning platform, you will access your reading materials, complete individual and group assignments, and engage with the rest of your classmates and instructors; online from anywhere. Each online course will be nine weeks in length, with a two-week break between courses.

Residency
During the course of your one-year program, you will attend one, two-week on-campus residency. Here you’ll get to interact face-to-face with your instructors, cohort and team. You’ll have set class hours as well as homework and meetings outside of class hours, making this an intensive and rewarding time.

Learning Outcomes

Royal Roads University works with an outcomes-based learning model. Learning outcomes are clear, plain language descriptors of knowledge and performance tasks that students demonstrate in order to successfully complete a program.

Within the GD in Justice Studies, there are five key learning outcome domains:
-Critical Thinking
-Communication
-Research
-Knowledge
-Professional Skills & Practice

Using learning outcomes helps to clarify a program’s focus, helps students connect their program to their workplace, provides a focus for assessment/evaluation, and helps employers understand the benefits of the program.

Upon satisfactory completion of the courses and related assignments, students will be granted a Graduate Diploma in Justice Studies.

Who It’s For

Ideal for those seeking career advancement in a justice-related institution or agency, including government, policing, corrections, customs and immigration, DND and Coast Guard, for-profit/non-profit, and international organizations, and for students seeking to continue their post-secondary education in justice studies.

Laddering Options

Students who wish to continue their studies towards completion of the Master of Arts in Justice Studies may do so through the laddering process.

Students may apply to transfer to the MA stream while still in the diploma program. Space may be limited, so the ability to transfer is not guaranteed, and in these cases, only the masters degree will be awarded upon completion of the MA, not the diploma.

Graduates of the diploma program must formally apply to the MA program.

Flexible Admission

Normally 10 years of work experience, with a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in a leadership or management position, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. All flexible admission applicants will normally be required to take "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" and obtain a minimum B+ (77%).

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