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Admission Requirements for the two streams: 

1. Course Based/Regular Stream 

There are two categories of applicants for admission:

Admission to the program is for the Fall 2019 semester. Admission is based solely on a competitive average for high school applicants and grade point average (GPA) for post-secondary transfer students. The competitive average and GPA will depend on the number of applications we receive and the quality of the applicant pool.

Note: Admission directly from high school is permitted in the Course Based/Regular Stream

Students who meet the following eligibility requirements are invited to apply before the annual March 1 deadline:

High School Applicant: Post-Secondary Applicant*:
  • Must be eligible for admission to the Faculty of Arts and have a competitive average, based on applicant pool, for direct entry into the Course Based/Regular stream of the Criminology program
  • Must be eligible for admission to the Faculty of Arts and have a competitive grade point average GPA, based on applicant pool, for direct entry into the Course Based/Regular stream of the Criminology program
  • Apply starting October 1
  • Apply starting July 1

Transfer applicants must follow the Faculty of Arts requirements for admission (e.g., with less than *24 transferable credits, your high school grades would be assessed for admission, if you have more than *24 transfer credits, than your high school grades will NOT be used for admission). Please see Transfer from a Postsecondary Institutions and Transfer of Credit. To check transferable credits and programs, please consult the Alberta Transfer Guide on the Transfer Alberta website. Decision on transfer credits is made by the Faculty of Arts - Undergraduate Student Services and not the Department of Sociology.

*If you are a post-secondary student you may wish to apply to the Criminology Program and the Field Placement Stream at the same time. 

If you are a post-secondary student interested in applying to both the Criminology Program and the Field Placement Stream please contact the Criminology Program Advisor. 


2. Field Placement Stream 

Students interested in the Field Placement Stream can apply to the Department of Sociology. Application deadline: October 30 annually. 

You must first apply to the Criminology program, once accepted; you would then apply to the competitive Field Placement Stream.

Note: Admission directly from high school is NOT permitted to the Field Placement Stream. Students may apply annually to compete for available Field Placement Stream spots. 

Course Based/Regular Stream students may apply to the Field Placement Stream by meeting the following eligibility requirements: 

To Apply to the Field Placement Stream Applicants:
  • Must have completed ★15 transferable university credits
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the most recently completed ★15 transferable university credits as of the end of the Fall term, and
  • Complete an online application by March 1 to the Criminology Program (if not already in the program)
  • Submit an electronic copy of the following to criminology@ualberta.ca by the annual October 30 deadline.

Resume: To be tailored to your suitability to the program and to working in the criminal justice system. Highlight relevant work/volunteer experience. If your work/volunteer experience is not directly related to the criminal justice system, highlight valuable experience (e.g., leadership, organizational skills, working with youth, etc.) The strongest applicants show an interest in criminology and the criminal justice system and community by demonstrating work and/or volunteer experience related to the field.

Letter of Career Objectives(1-2 pages): The written statement of career objectives, indicating areas of interest can be similar to a cover letter. Highlight your motivations for applying to the program; suggest what your career objectives may be and how the BA (Criminology) program can help you attain these goals. Describe your suitability for the program and for working in the criminal justice system. 

The Criminology Program Advisor will contact each eligible Field Placement Stream applicant after March 1 to arrange an interview.