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Criminology - BA (Hons)

Is it for you?

Responding to and understanding the causes of criminal behavior are major preoccupations of society — and the pursuit of justice has never been more complex or challenging. Whether we’re trying to balance the rights of victims and offenders, create just laws, or protect communities, we often look to the criminal justice system for solutions. 

You’ll gain hands-on experience through international exchanges, research and case studies. You’ll graduate with the ability to think critically about issues in law, social inequality, human rights, Indigenous justice, ethics, crime control and prevention. Upon graduation, apply your understanding of the critical issues of race, class, and gender to the administration of the criminal justice system. 

This is one of 10 bachelor of arts programs that share a one-year foundation.

Double major options available after first year: Criminology and History, Criminology and Politics and Governance, or Criminology and Sociology.

Program info

Faculty of Arts

Program format(s): 
Full time: 4 Year

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Grade range: 
Mid 80s1


Experiential learning: 
Community projects

Academic requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70 % or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available on the admission requirements page.

Tuition and fees 

For detailed fees information, visit tuition and fees by program.

Full-time format 2023-2024:

Ontario students fees range: $7,179 - $7,204
Out-of-province students fees range: $8,008 - $8,701
International student fees range: $33,435 - $33,460

First-year courses

Here is a preview of first-year courses based on the available undergraduate calendar information.

1st & 2nd Semester


  • CRM 100 Introduction to Canadian Criminal Justice
  • CRM 102 Introduction to Criminology
  • SSH 105 Critical Thinking
  • SSH 205 Academic Writing and Research

REQUIRED GROUP 1: Four courses from Table I.

OPEN ELECTIVE: Two Open Electives.

Your future

You’ll be prepared to work towards defending social justice and human rights in fields including:

  • Social or victim services
  • Support for prisoners and people in conflict with the law
  • Migrant and refugee rights
  • Indigenous, gender and youth justice advocacy
  • Graduate and continued studies in law, criminology, social justice and other disciplines

Thinking of applying? Make sure the program is still accepting applications.

Student spotlight

Normalizing conversations surrounding race and marginalized communities  

A group of Criminology students hosted a panel in collaboration with their course and the Community Engaged Learning & Teaching (CELT) project. The panel featured student speakers, and worked to raise awareness and provide students with solutions and next steps to tackle racism and exclusion. 

Read more: TMU Criminology students spark greater conversations around racism on campus (external link, opens in new window) 

Three illustrated fists held up in solidarity.

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  1. Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2024 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. TMU reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.


While every effort is made to ensure accuracy on this site, in the event of a discrepancy, TMU's current Undergraduate Calendar is the official reference.