Our program provides you with an exceptional opportunity to pursue study in this evolving and expanding field.

Important note: Criminology is not a pre-law preparatory program.

Are you interested in crime and punishment? Find out how different societies have defined and deterred "crime". Consider the social, political and economic factors that have influenced the criminal justice system now and in the past.

The Criminology program will focus on the analysis of:

  • crime
  • criminality
  • delinquence and social control
  • organized crime
  • systems of justice
  • murders and crimes in the 21st Century

You will also examine the culture of crime by looking at literature produced by people in prison and exile. The theoretical and methodological approaches central to criminology are complemented by a number of disciplines including anthropology, history, political science, sociology, philosophy and psychology.

In this program, you'll discover how different societies have defined and deterred crime. You'll also consider the social, political and economic factors that have influenced the criminal justice system now and in the past. Our program boasts a well-known and dedicated group of professors researching fascinating topics such as transnational crime and policing, race and crime, money laundering, violence against women and organized crime.

Some highlights of studying Criminology at York:

  • Learn from innovative professors such as James Sheptycki on transnational and comparative criminology; Anna Pratt on the policing of borders and immigration; Amanda Glasbeek on women and the criminal justice system; and James Williams on policing financial crime.
  • You are also encouraged to explore York's prominent research centre, The Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security.
Possible Career Paths: 
  • community outreach worker
  • conflict mediator
  • policy analyst or researcher
  • police officer
  • lawyer

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.