Saint Mary’s University offers a two-year Master of Arts degree program in criminology for students wanting to develop advanced knowledge, acquire specialized skills, and conduct independent research in criminology. The interdisciplinary faculty members in SMU’s Department of Criminology have robust research programs and expertise that span the discipline of criminology allowing them to supervise and support students undertaking diverse research projects.
The MA in Criminology follows the general admission requirements and procedures of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research as outlined in the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar. The submission date for online applications and supporting documents to the MA in Criminology program is January 15 of the academic year prior to the one for which admission is sought.
In addition, the following conditions must be satisfied:
The Graduate Criminology Committee of the Department of Criminology will review the files of all applicants and make final decisions about admission into the Master of Arts degree program or a qualifying year.
Students may be admitted to a qualifying year in those situations where they meet all the requirements for admission but are lacking sufficient background in criminology to study at the Master’s level. In these instances, a program of study will be worked out with the Graduate Program Coordinator and students will be admitted to the Master’s program upon successful completion at an appropriate grade level of this qualifying year program. A student in the thirty (30) credit hour qualifying year must make formal application to the Master of Arts degree program by February 1 of their qualifying year and must have attained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 (B+) to be considered for admission to the Master of Arts degree program.
Full-time students admitted to the program may be eligible for funding administered by Saint Mary’s University. Funding recommendations are made by the program All successful applicants are automatically considered for graduate funding. Students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships funding such as the Canadian Graduate Scholarships Program.
Note: Students not registered in any course work but working on their Program/Thesis must register in Program Continuation (Prog Registration/Continuation (FGSR 9000)) for every semester (including summer) in which they are in their graduate program.
See the FGSR Program Requirements in the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar and below.
Or a 6000-level (graduate level) course from another department (with the permission of the Graduate Program Coordinator and the course instructor).
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