This 32-credit program is designed especially for individuals looking to combine their academic and professional experience in the areas of criminal justice, social justice, and/or community justice in a way that suits their career plans. These individuals already have the skills needed to study and lead, and have proven themselves in their chosen fields. This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand and assess organizations and evidence-based policies for the purpose of contributing to the development of a more effective, efficient, and innovative criminal justice system. The program also provides students with applied learning, the ability to pursue further education at the doctoral level, and an excellent opportunity for networking with other criminal justice professionals.
Students will complete the program over 20 months, taking two courses per semester for five consecutive semesters.
Applicants to the program must have a baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0, have work or volunteer experience in criminal justice or a related field, and pass an interview with a panel of faculty members from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Once accepted, you will be expected to attend an orientation prior to the first semester of classes.
Note: Admission is on a competitive basis. Achieving the minimum standard does not guarantee admission (see General Regulations for Graduate Studies in the UFV calendar). In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted with lower formal qualifications when there is a significant professional experience relevant to the proposed area of scholarship.
The program accepts a maximum of 22 students per year.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. There will be additional costs for textbooks and, for those planning to do an internship, there may be associated travel and living expenses.
Courses are scheduled so that students attend one morning and one afternoon class, typically on the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of each month.
The program is located at the Abbotsford campus.
To maintain status as a Master of Arts (Criminal Justice) program student and to continue in the program, students must maintain a minimum program grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Students can re-take a course if they wish to improve the grade earned in the course. Permission of the Graduate Program committee is required (please see General Regulations for Graduate Studies).
Students wishing to audit a course in Criminology/Criminal Justice must request permission from the instructor no later than the end of the fourth week of classes. No changes from regular to audit status will be permitted after this date.
Candidates who qualify to receive a UFV graduate degree must be approved by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Senate. Students must submit a Request for Graduation form to the UFV Office of the Registrar by April 1.
Note: Please be familiar with the General Regulations for Graduate Studies.
Semester I (Fall)
|CRIM 700||Crime, Criminals, Victims, and the Criminal Justice System||3|
|CRIM 705||Policy Analysis and Social Justice||3|
Semester II (Winter)
|CRIM 745||Human Resource Administration||3|
|CRIM 785||Methods of Research and Evaluation||3|
Semester III (Summer)
|CRIM 710||Change Management in the Criminal Justice System||3|
|CRIM 765||Crime and Intelligence Analysis for Crime Reduction||3|
Semester IV (Fall)
|CRIM 730||Ethical and Legal Issues in Criminal Justice||3|
|CRIM 755||Selected topics in Criminal Justice (see Note)||3|
Note: Selected topics will be chosen by the Graduate Program Committee.
Semester V (Winter)
|or CRIM 775||Contemporary Initiatives in the Criminal Justice System||3|
|and CRIM 790||MA Major Paper||5|