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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


As a research-intensive program, our students receive a number of invaluable research mentorship opportunities. For example, the graduate Criminology Student Association has created and ran a Justice, Crime and Deviance Regional Graduate Research and Networking conference. This conference has attracted participation from across Canada and provides an ideal opportunity for research and professionalization networking.

The research training provided to students has also assisted them in acquiring strong research skills that have made them competitive and highly successful in academic settings. For example, our students have been very successful in receiving prestigious and competitive funding, such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canadian Graduate Scholarship – Master's ($17,500), the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship for Doctoral Studies ($35,000 / three years), and Ontario Graduate Scholarships ($15,000). They have also been the recipients of the Wilfrid Laurier University Gold Medal for Academic Excellence for the Faculty of Arts.  Students’ research has also been profiled in news media, such as CBC.

The size of our program has also provided extensive research mentorship for students that have helped them to strive in academic and professional settings. For example, students have been provided opportunities to attend and present at leading national conferences (Critical Perspectives, Qualitative Analysis Conference, Canadian Sociological Association) and international conferences (American Society of Criminology, American Sociological Association, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences). They have also co-authored manuscripts published in top-tier social science journals, such as British Journal of Criminology; Justice Quarterly; Policing & Society: An International Journal; Studies in Symbolic Interaction; Media, Culture & Society; and Studies in Social Justice.

Student Testimonials

Taylor Knipe (MA '17)

"The MA Criminology program at Laurier Brantford was an exceptional experience for me. I found the coursework to be critically engaging and the faculty to be super supportive, every step of the way. This is a graduate program like no other that really takes pride in seeing its students succeed!"

Claudia Volpe (MA '18)

"The collegiality of the department and its exceptional faculty members foster a supportive community that provided me with the skills and confidence required to be successful in future scholarly pursuits."


Contact Us:

Carrie Sanders, Graduate Coordinator

T: 519.756.8228 x5870

Janet Wissink, Graduate Program Assistant

T: 519.756.8228 x5623
Office Location: GRH 121


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