The CCJP MA program is a collaborative program between the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of Political Science. The program distinguishes itself from other MA programs in Criminology offered in the province by having a strong emphasis on criminal justice and governance, while still providing students the necessary background for continued studies in Criminology, Sociology or Political Science.
In addition to providing the appropriate academic background for continued studies in Criminology, Sociology or Political Science, the program offers a number of other benefits. First, the program will provide students with the background necessary to enter into employment or advance their careers in the criminal justice system, either in a policy or administrative capacity for government or non-governmental organizations, or as a front-line service providers (police officers, probation officers and corrections officers). Students might also find employment as instructors at colleges that offer criminal justice programs. Second, the program will equip students with general tools in critical thinking, communication and methodology which would be useful or employment or educational opportunities beyond the criminal justice field. Finally, the program aims to develop citizens and professionals who will be able to make and express thoughtful judgments on a range of important issues raised in the context of criminology and criminal justice policy and governance.
The CCJP program can be completed through a course-based option, a Major Research Paper (MRP) option, or a thesis option. The table below outlines the requirements for each option.