Criminology is devoted to the scientific analysis of crime, justice and social control. Criminology is also an applied discipline examining various forms of intervention for the resolution of diverse crime- and justice-related problems. It focuses on four broad questions: the social construction of norms and the notion of crime; the criminalization of specific behaviours, individuals and groups; the analysis of the goals and functioning of the criminal justice system; and the examination of contemporary forms of intervention from both theoretical and practical perspectives.
The master's program is divided into two parallel curricula. One focuses on research and provides the groundwork for producing university instructors and researchers. The other focuses on practice and provides professional education for those who wish to make a career in the field of criminal justice. Although the two master's degrees and corresponding programs offer different concentrations, one in criminological theory and research, the other in correctional services, graduates of either program will be able to work effectively in either area. The curriculum is structured to provide a central core of knowledge and understanding, considered to be essential for all criminologists, and a supplementary, specialized quantum of knowledge tailored to suit each student's needs.
Two master's degrees are offered:
1. a master of arts (MA) in criminology for students who choose to specialize in criminological theory and research;
2. a master of criminology (applied) (MCA) for students who choose to specialize in correctional services and the administration of justice.
Students must complete a minimum of 12 months (three sessions) of full-time study in order to fulfil the requirements of either degree.