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Program overview
20 months
Master's degree
Start dates
Abbotsford
September 2020

Abbotsford
September 2021

Abbotsford
September 2022
Courses from University of the Fraser Valley

Program description

Criminal Justice

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 32 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.

Admission requirements

Applicants to the program must have a baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and must have two years or more work or volunteer experience in criminal justice or a related field. Students with qualifying work experience who do not meet the academic entrance requirements should contact the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.


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Program content

Semester I 

  • Contemporary Issues in Canadian Criminal Justice
  • Policy Analysis and Social Justice

Semester II 

  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Methods of Research and Evaluation

Semester III 

  • Change Management in the Criminal Justice System
  • Selected Topics in Criminal Justice

Semester IV 

  • Selected Topics in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Reform: Theory and Practice

Semester V 

  • Thesis, OR 
  • Human Resource Administration in Criminal Justice + MA Major Paper

Tuition fees

For information about tuition fees, please visit the program webpage. 

Qualification

Master of Arts (MA) degree

Continuing studies

Earning a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice can serve as a stepping stone to doctoral studies to prepare you for a career in teaching, research, or senior administration.

Career opportunities

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.

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About this institute

University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is an accredited public Canadian university which serves 15,000 students, 1,900 of which are international students. UFV offers 16 bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees, and over 100 certificates and diploma programs in areas...


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Why study at University of the Fraser Valley

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Contact info

University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road
V2S 7M8 Abbotsford British Columbia
Canada

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