Master of Arts in Criminology


The Department of Sociology and Criminology offers a formal Criminology MA. The Criminology MA is designed to meet the clear and growing demand for highly qualified personnel in criminology. The program 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 program 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 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. 

2023-2024 Handbook - Master of Arts in Sociology & Criminology

Criminology Graduate Calendar

Application & Admission 

For admission to the MA program in Criminology, applicants must hold an Honors degree in Criminology or a related discipline from a recognized university. The minimum cumulative average in the final two years of study (full-time equivalent) of the 4-year undergraduate degree must be 77%. 

Possession of the minimum academic requirements does not ensure acceptance. Applicants will be assessed with respect to their academic qualifications, achievements, and letters of recommendation. The specifics of the application process are outlined below.

All applications must be received by February 1st for consideration for the following September admission. Applications to these programs will be accepted after this deadline, however, these applicants will only be considered if space and funding allows. 

All supporting documents and reference letters must be submitted for the application to be considered complete and ready for review. 

Applications and supporting documents are completed online through the new electronic Graduate Application System (eGAS).

Application information can be found on the Graduate Studies website.  

Applications must include (all documents are submitted online through eGAS):

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, which must include the institution's grading scale (unofficial transcripts in PDF format will be uploaded to your application in eGAS, however official transcripts sent directly from the institution(s) will be required upon acceptance into the program);
  • Letter from the applicant indicating a statement of interest or plan of study (normally a page or two);
  • Two academic Referee Assessment Forms (referees will receive an automatic email notification to complete the forms electronically once the applicant submits the application);
  • A resume or CV;
  • Program Stream Option Form (Word doc. format) (this form is required for your application)
  • English language proficiency score, if applicable. 

The Graduate Committee will review all applications. Ranking of all applicants will be based on the committee's assessment of the quality of their application and the availability of graduate faculty to advise, supervise, and provide funding for research training in conjunction with their own research projects and the diversity of subject areas represented in the applicant pool. If you have a B+/A- average (GPA 78% or better) we strongly encourage you to apply. Successful applicants will receive an official letter of admission from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. 

For more detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies Future Students website.

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