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Admission Requirements for the two streams: 

1. Course Based/Regular Stream 

There are two categories of applicants for admission:

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
  • Must be eligible for admission to the Faculty of Arts and have a competitive GPA, based on applicant pool, in the last completed term
  • 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). 

*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 starting July 1 to the Department of Sociology. Application deadline: October 30 annually. 

Note: Admission directly from high school is NOT permitted to the Field Placement Stream.

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
  • 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.