Master of Arts (MA) in Criminology

Criminology is devoted to the scientific analysis of crime, justice and social control. It focuses on four broad themes: the social construction of norms and the notion of crime; the criminalization of specific behaviours, individuals and groups in our society; the analysis of the goals, functioning and impacts of the criminal justice system; and the examination of contemporary forms of intervention. Studies at the master's level in criminology include an option with a thesis (30 credits) and three other options of 24 credits (Major Research Paper, Courses only, Courses and Field Placement); each option can be undertaken with a specialization in Feminist and Gender Studies. If space is available, a Thesis with Field Placement could also be another possible option. These options are intended to form criminologists who analyse the major theoretical and methodological issues in criminology through the acquisition of a central body of disciplinary knowledge along with the integration of additional specialized knowledge that enable students to deepen the analysis of certain issues, achieved through optional courses or a field placement seminar course along with a placement in the field.

The Master Degree in Criminology with two diplomas (only offered in French)
University of Ottawa and Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

Information The Department of Criminology now offers this new option in its MA program. The program is in two years: the first year of study takes place at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and the second one at the University of Ottawa. The thesis will be co-supervised by a professor of each university. When the student has completed all the requirements of the degree, each university will confer the grade. Please note that the program is only offered in French. 

Admission Deadlines - Canadian Students
Admission Deadlines - International Students

Note: Based on availability in the program, strong applications will continue to be examined and admission scholarships are available for all eligible candidates.

PhD in Criminology

The Department of criminology is a vibrant interdisciplinary research community composed of more than 30 regular professors and dozens of graduate students. The PhD program provides candidates with the opportunity to gain specialized knowledge and critical perspectives on laws, norms and social practices that are aimed at regulating and controlling behavior defined as “criminal”, on the violence enacted by criminal justice institutions, on the social harms that reside outside of statist definitions of crime, and on punitive social reactions. Students will find the department a stimulating environment with a commitment to critical analysis, research excellence and social engagement. The program is offered in English or French.

Admission deadlines - Canadian Students
Admission deadlines - International Students

Note: Based on availability in the program, strong applications will continue to be examined and admission scholarships are available for all eligible candidates.

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Graduate Scholarships

Department of Criminology students can apply to the following scholarships:

Also, as a Faculty of Social Sciences graduate student, you have access to faculty-wide scholarships, regardless of your program of study.

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