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‌Why study criminology?

Criminal Justice/Criminology is an exciting and diverse field that offers a variety of challenging career avenues and opportunities for specialized research and study. The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a Master of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree (two years), a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree (four years) and a Criminal Justice diploma

Important Dates and Information

  • Apply online for the Master of Arts (Criminal Justice) for a September 2018 start, as we are now accepting applications. Application deadline is May 1st, 2018.
  • Applications are open for the Fall 2018 intake for the Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree and Criminal Justice diploma.
  • View the Criminal Justice Student Handbook. - Currently being updated, check back soon.
  • Interested in completing an Honours in Criminal Justice — fill out the application form.
  • UFV study looks into impacts on children when parents are jailed, click here for the article
  • An Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls - click here for the article
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada - click here for the final report
  • Canada is not doing enough for children's rights - read the article here
  • A Formidable Task: Reflections on obtaining legal empirical evidence on human trafficking in Canada - read the article here
  • Patterns of Police, Fire, and Ambulance Calls-for-Service: scanning the Spatio-Temporal Intersection of Emergency Service Problems - read the article here
  • Purple Lights Campaign - read the article here
  • Ensuring Healthy Homes for British Columbians: Toward a Provincial Standard for the Remediation of Residential Properties Used in Drug Production - read the report here

Success Stories

It is with great pride that the faculty and staff at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice celebrate the success of 10 former practica students who have successfully gained employment with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). After completing a practica, each student pursued gainful employment and were successfully recruited. The experience these students gained while in practica helped ensure they were professionally positioned for success. Further, the outstanding supervision of their ICBC practica supervisor further ensured they developed the problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary to be successful.

The VPD has announced recent executive promotions, among them are Laurence Rankin who is a recent graduate of our MA program and Howard Chow who is a current MA student.  Please click here for the story. 


Bear Hide March, February 2018, Mission, BC


International Gambling Conference 2018, Aucklund, NZ

Gwendolyn Geuze, Bachlor of Arts (Criminal Justice) student presented on the factors that motivate self-excluded gamblers to return to gambling.

Strengthening the Protective Environment for Children of Parents in Conflict with the Law

Two of our students Stephanie Konefall (MA program) and Lauren Dallow (third year BA) were part of the team that went to Terrace and Hazelton from April 1st to 5th , 2017 as part of our project on Strengthening the Protective Environment for Children of Parents in Conflict with the Law. They participated in community mobilization, consultation and training meetings. 

On the Job - Practicum Winter 2017

One of our new practicum positions that began this winter was set up as a collaboration with the City of Mission, Fire Department, and Victim Services/RCMP. It went great and we look forward to more students participating in this opportunity. Pictured below are Blaine Odenbach (Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Prevention/Emergency Program Coordinator, Mission Fire Rescue Service), Jaspreet Doulla, Amrit Dosanjh, and Anika Malmsten.

Children of Parents in Conflict with the Law - Terrace Meeting

Sarah Ferencz had the opportunity to attend this meeting with Yvon Dandurand on February 10, 2017.

Western Society of Criminology Conference 2017 - Las Vegas

‌This conference happened February 11 - 13th, 2017. 

Reinventing Justice - 9th National Symposium January 20-21, 2017 Vancouver

Students Laura Wilson and Trevor Johnson had the opportunity to attend.

UNODC Expert Group Meeting on Migrant Smuggling

Ashley Heaps had the opportunity to attend the meeting in Vienna with Professor Yvon Dandurand.

Follow the Money: Corruption, Money Laundering, and Criminal Justice Policy Conference

A number of our students had the opportunity to be involved in this conference that took place on October 28, 2016.

2016 Distinguished Alumni Winner - Gary Bass

Congratulations Gary!  Click here for the full story.

CJSA AGM - September 2016

First meeting of the new academic year!

2016 Convocation

Congrats to all of our grads!

2016 Student Research MircroLecture Series and Research Poster Day

We had wonderful CRIM program student representation on this day.  Great job Justine, Sarah, Ashley, Tracee, and Ruben.


International Centre for Criminal Law Reform

Conference on Intergrity in "Local Government: Mitigating the Risks of Conflict of Interest, Fraud and Corruption", February 29, 2016,
Vancouver, BC

We had a number of students attend this conference, three from our undergrad degree program and two MA students.


From left: Ruben Timmerman, Jessica Jahn, and Dane Reavie


From left: Ruben Timmerman and Jessica Jahn

Student Research Day

Congratulations to our students who presented in both the Microlecture Serires and the Poster Presentations.

Award Recipients

Provost & Vice-President Academic
Sukhvinder Mangat
The Rise and Fall of Crime in Abbotsford: A Case Study
Faculty Supervisor: Irwin Cohen, PhD

Dean, College of Arts
Sean Plecas, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Tertiary Crime Prevention Rehabilitation of Children and Youth in Ethiopia
Faculty Supervisor: Yvon Dandurand, MA

Congrats to our award recipient


Rachel Wollenberg was our 2014 Undergraduate Research Excellence

Award recipient. Rachel is pictured with Yvon Dandurand and Dr. Amy Prevost.
Congrats Rachel!

Faculty Research 


This collaborative research project critically assesses the state of Canadian anti-trafficking legal efforts in the more than ten years after ratifying the UN Trafficking (Palermo) Protocol. Using mixed methods of legislative and case analysis, interviews with criminal justice practitioners, and focus groups with an im/migrant sex worker support organization, we gathered empirical information on the Criminal Justice System’s (CJS) use of anti-trafficking legislation and contrasted the findings against the experiences of one of the groups that has been identified as vulnerable to human trafficking: migrant sex workers living in BC. In partnership with SWAN Vancouver Society, a local non-profit organization engaging in community-based activities to address issues related to sex work, prostitution, and the sexual exploitation of women in im/migrant communities, we demonstrate collaborative research designed to advance migrant workers’ access to justice and facilitate the transmission of knowledge about migrant workers’ needs in relation to the justice system to CJS personnel. In this first report, we share our key preliminary findings and recommendations, including the vital need to increase the presence and awareness of migrant sex workers’ needs, realities and perspectives in the dominant discourse on human trafficking in the Canadian context and to contest a single, highly gendered, racialized and inadvertently harmful narrative that conflates sex work with human trafficking.

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