General information and program requirements - Master of Arts Criminology

There is the 2-year Master's in Criminology with thesis (approximately 120 pages) (30 credits), which is more suited to those who want to pursue research positions or graduate studies. This M.A. in Criminology track can also be done with a specialization in Feminist and Gender Studies.

There are also 3 other tracks, this time of one year (24 credits), which can be, if the student wishes, with a specialization in feminist and gender studies. These one-year tracks meet the qualifications expected by many employers who are looking for students who have addressed contemporary issues in master's seminars (maximum 15 students) where they have improved their written and oral expression skills as well as developed their critical thinking skills.

  • There is a thesis track (40-50 pages) + 2 required courses + 4 elective courses. Students complete their courses in the fall and winter semesters and finish their thesis in the summer semester.

With the specialization in feminist and gender studies, there is the dissertation + 3 required courses (1CRM + 2FEM) + 3 optional courses (one of which may be in FEM).

  • There is the masters with courses only - 2 required courses + 6 optional courses. The student can complete this course in 2 semesters. In addition, if the student wishes, he/she may replace 2 optional CRM courses with 2 non-disciplinary courses if the Graduate Committee deems them relevant to his/her training.

With the specialization in feminist and gender studies, there are 3 required courses (1CRM + 2FEM) + 5 optional courses (one of which may be in FEM).

  • There is the course and internship track (quota program) - 2 required courses + 3 electives are taken in the first 2 semesters (Fall/Winter). The third semester of study takes place in the following fall semester, which is devoted to the internship and the internship seminar.

With the Feminist and Gender Studies specialization, there are 3 required courses (1CRM + 2FEM) + 2 optional courses (one of which can be in FEM). The internship and practicum seminar is the following fall semester.

Finally, the master's degree tracks in criminology with thesis or coursework only (with or without the specialization in feminist and gender studies), are open to part-time students (maximum 2 courses session, - and the thesis during the summer semester, if this is the chosen track) and be completed in 5 semesters.

Thus, this panoply of pathways to the master's degree in criminology that is now available allows the student to improve his or her critical analysis skills in this discipline in a seminar setting that allows for exchange, communication, and improvement of writing skills. Thus, the student chooses the pathway that best meets his or her needs.

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The Master Degree in Criminology with two diplomas (only offered in French)

University of Ottawa and Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

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.
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General information and program requirements - Doctorate in Philosophy Criminology 

The PhD program focuses on the creation and reform of criminal justice policies. It has two specializations: criminal justice policy and program development, and the theoretical and empirical analysis of policy and program implementation. In both specializations, the goal is to better understand the issues in order to achieve change. 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. Graduates find career opportunities as university or college professors, researchers or criminal justice policy officers.


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.

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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How to apply for scholarships

Contact us

Department of Criminology

Faculty of Social Sciences
120 University Private
Social Sciences Building
Room 14002
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5303

[email protected]

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)


Supervisor of Graduate Studies - Masters
Richard Dubé
Social Sciences Building
Room 14035
Phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 8861
[email protected]

Supervisor of Graduate Studies - Doctorate
Steven Bittle
Social Sciences Building
Room 13023
Phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 1561
[email protected]