Department of Sociology & Criminology

M.A. Criminology

Admission and Application Requirements 

The Master of Arts in Criminology offers students an opportunity for advanced critical work in areas such as the social construction of crime, punishment; socio-legal studies; social justice and equality; alternative justice systems, and governance and regulation. The Program provides students with the analytical and research skills necessary for further graduate study; research or teaching; policy research and practice; employment in government/non-government agencies, and the private sector.

The Department of Sociology and Criminology at Saint Mary's University has established an excellent scholarly and professional reputation in the field of critical criminology focusing on the analysis of how unequal power relations shape the social and historical construction of regulation, crime/criminality and justice by the state, private groups and academic scholarship.

More specifically, our faculty members have expertise in:

citizenship and human rights • migration and security • international development and globalization • organized, state and corporate crime • crime prevention • politics of drug regulation • gambling and society • politics of criminalization • governance and regulation • socio-legal studies • histories of law and policing • urban regulation and governance • cultural studies • punishment and culture • crime and the media • feminist criminology • violence against women • intersections of race/class/gender/sexuality • health promotion and the body • young offenders and youth justice • girls in the justice system • transformative/restorative justice

Our faculty currently hold or recently held grants related to juvenile justice law reform (Drs. Sandra Bell and Val Johnson), television, culture and identity (Dr. Michele Byers), restorative justice (Dr. Diane Crocker), crime prevention (Dr. Stephen Schneider), organized crime in Latin America (Dr. Alfredo Schulte-Bockholt), peaceful return of victims of ethnic cleansing (Dr. Djordje Stefanovic), and youth resiliency (Dr. Madine VanderPlaat).

Our program is directed at students who are interested in the problems associated with criminalization strategies and social regulation. We focus course work and research on criminological issues relating to social inequality and social justice.

Academic Regulations and Admissions Requirements

For Admissions, see the Academic Calendar and information from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Please note:  Meeting the formal requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.  We have many more applicants than we can accept each year.

Application Forms are available on the web page of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research 


The Graduate Program, through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, offers generous funding packages to first and second year students. Please contact the Graduate Coordinator for more information.