Criminology & Criminal Justice

Become a criminal justice leader

Become a criminal justice leader

Do you want to make your mark in the criminal justice community?

UFV Master's degree in Criminal Justice is especially designed for employed professionals who desire to acquire knowledge and skills they can apply in their career and recent graduates with volunteer experience who wish to enter the field.

From management approaches to research methods, crime reduction to social justice, ethical issues to evidence-based policy analysis, the program provides you with in-depth learning you can draw on in your daily practice.The program also offers a high degree of flexibility and allows you to focus on topics that match your own career or scholarly interests.

You benefit from the expertise of leading-edge faculty, who are actively engaged in pursuing new and emerging areas of inquiry in public safety and criminal justice research. Their scholarship and commitment have made the UFV Master's degree in Criminal Justice program one of the most respected in Canada.

You complete the program over 20 months, taking two courses per semester for five consecutive semesters. Classes run on the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of each month. You get to engage with other criminal justice professionals with diverse insights in a stimulating and unique learning environment.

When you graduate, you are ready for to take on leadership and management roles, engage in policy development or research, and most importantly, contribute to the development of a more effective, efficient, and innovative criminal justice system in Canada.

Career Outlook

Recent justice reform initiatives in British Columbia have created new avenues for criminal justice professionals to lead systems change, policy innovation, and legislative renewal. The government is seeking to build these reforms on insights from rigorous academic and applied research, and is collaborating with local universities such as UFV to develop results-oriented strategies to reduce crime, improve services, manage costs, and shorten delays.

That's why earning a Master's degree in Criminal Justice can help you grow your career, diversify your professional opportunities, and boost your earnings. It can also serve as a stepping stone to doctoral studies to prepare you for a career in teaching, research, or senior administration.