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Criminology & Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice — Master of Arts

UFV's Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is not currently accepting applications.


Master's degree

20 months

How to apply

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  • Networking with other criminal justice professionals
  • Option to pursue further education at the doctoral level
  • Program eligible for financial aid


Step up your game in the criminal justice field. UFV’s Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is designed for employed professionals who want to acquire the knowledge and skills to advance their career and recent graduates with volunteer experience who want to augment their skills.

In this 30 credit program, you examine ethical dilemmas and problems that you are likely to encounter within your chosen profession and gain the skills to accomplish crime analysis to develop practical responses to crime.

You explore how to address current issues within criminal justice systems and gain the analytical and leadership skills to recommend new policies and procedures.

You can complete the program in as little as 20 months, taking two courses per semester for five consecutive semesters.

After you graduate, you are ready to take on leadership and management roles, engage in policy development or research, and most importantly, contribute to the development of a more effective, efficient, and innovative criminal justice system in Canada.

View program outline in UFV Academic Calendar


Recent justice reform initiatives in British Columbia have created new avenues for criminal justice professionals to lead systems change, policy innovation, and legislative renewal. The government is seeking to build these reforms on insights from rigorous academic and applied research, and is collaborating with local universities such as UFV to develop results-oriented strategies to reduce crime, improve services, manage costs, and shorten delays.

That's why earning a Master's degree in Criminal Justice can help you grow your career, diversify your professional opportunities, and boost your earnings. It can also serve as a stepping stone to doctoral studies to prepare you for a career in teaching, research, or senior administration.