Criminology & Criminal Justice Policy MA

Crimonology and Criminal Justice Policy

Investigate today's criminal justice and governance challenges

Join a master’s program that stands out for its collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to criminology. Faculty from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of Political Science who are experts in their fields unite to deliver a robust program with a strong emphasis on criminal justice and governance.

Through a course-based program or by tackling a thesis or major research paper, develop critical analysis and research skills which will prepare you for further studies in criminology, sociology or political science or for the career of your choosing.

"When exploring graduate programs, I knew that I wanted a school with a supportive academic culture. I am so grateful to have found this at the University of Guelph."
— Alexandra Johnson, Student

Meet our Graduates

Three Routes of Program Completion to Choose From


Expected completion:
4 semesters

Expected completion:
4-5 semesters

Expected completion:
5-6 semesters


  • Honours bachelor's degree in a social science or humanities program with a minimum B+ average and at least five (5) criminology and/or public policy undergraduate courses.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate major in sociology, criminology or political science are preferred.
  • If English is not an applicant's first language, they will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test.


The University of Guelph offers many resources to financially support graduate students. Explore your options on the Graduate Studies website.

Help fund your graduate studies by taking advantage of Entrance Awards.

CCJP Career Paths

The CCJP program provides students with the foundation necessary to enter into employment or advance their career in the criminal justice system.

Career paths include policy or administrative roles in government and non-governmental organizations, and front-line service provider roles such as police officers, probation officers and corrections officers.

The program also equips students with skills in critical thinking, communication and methodology. These skills are useful for employment or educational opportunities beyond the criminal justice field.

Meet the Faculty

Join passionate faculty who are tackling important societal issues through in-depth research and interdisciplinary collaboration. Learn from renowned experts who are committed to you and your future.


Gendered violence, human rights, social movements, transnational sociology


Law and politics, police oversight, criminal justice policy, judicialization of politics


Bullying and cyberbullying, policing, victimization, resilience, youth deviance


Take the next step

Start the application process and explore options for funding your education.