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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

Crystal Weston (MA '15)

PhD candidate, University of Guelph

“My experience in the master’s Criminology program has been tremendously rewarding. The research intensive nature of this program provides high quality training for graduate students. The small and personable department facilitates close working relationships with faculty and other graduate students, forming a close and supportive scholarly community which I felt lucky to be part of. I was provided with the resources to develop a range of professional skills, including opportunities to attend academic conferences and workshops. Thanks to this program, I am pursuing a PhD equipped with a wealth of knowledge, the skills to be an independent researcher, and friendships and connections that will last a lifetime.”

Timothy Wykes (MA '14)

PhD candidate, University of Guelph

“The comprehensive program requisites and exceptional professors will not only refine your academic literacy, but prepare you to join the scholarly conversation.”

Zoey Jones (MA '13)

PhD candidate, Carleton University

“The Criminology MA at Laurier Brantford captures the essence of what graduate school should be like. I valued working with passionate and engaged professors and found the staff to be incredibly supportive. This is an environment in which you can really thrive.”

Contact Us:

Jennifer Lavoie, Graduate Coordinator

T: 519.756.8228 x5366

General Inquiries

T: 519.756.8228 x5623


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