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Master of Arts in Police Studies

Welcome to the Department of Justice Studies graduate studies web page! The MA in Police Studies offers grounding in theoretical issues and methodological approaches to various aspects of justice including legal, criminal, restorative, and social justice. This is an interdisciplinary degree that draws on a range of university resources to individualize students' programs and to explore justice from a range of perspectives.

The MA in Police Studies is offered by the Department of Justice Studies. It is directed to police officers and other professionals associated with Canadian police forces, whether federal or municipal, who wish to research topics relevant to policing and police services. The program has an interdisciplinary focus and draws upon several departments of the Faculty of Arts, together with other partners, to provide a social science perspective on policing, and the opportunity to pursue research into specific aspects of that activity. Among them are:

  • Policing in a Liberal Democracy
  • Policing and Rights
  • Policing and Aboriginal People
  • Crime and Society
  • Equity and Race Issues in Policing
  • Policing and Forensic Psychology
  • Policing and Alternative Approaches to Justice

Research opportunities are available in the following areas:

  • Social contexts of crime;
  • Critical analysis of judicial processes, correctional and restorative justice programs, and victims' services;
  • Social justice issues related to economic equality, gender equality, ethno-cultural identity, and various aspects of inequality and injustice;
  • Global justice, human rights, social development, international development, alternative models of globalization, and the role of local, national and global social movements.

Degree Requirements

The MA program consists of a minimum of 4 classes (12 credit hours) and the preparation of a suitable thesis (18 credit hours). At least two of the courses must be Police Studies (PLST) graduate courses. A Thesis is supervised by a student's graduate committee and his or her  Thesis Supervisor that is assigned  at the time of admission.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is available to qualified students. Students can apply for Scholarship PLST, Teaching Assistantship PLST, Research Assistantship PLST and other awards offered by the Department of Justice Studies or the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Eligibility requirements and application deadlines can be found at

Application Procedures

All information regarding graduate study at the University of Regina including application forms and admission requirements can be found at the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research web site Students should familiarize themselves with the information provided there. The site provides the most current information on graduate study including policies, fees, scholarship PLST, admission and registration

 The minimum requirement for admission to a graduate program at the University of Regina is an undergraduate degree with a minimum average of 70%. Acceptance into the MA in Justice Studies is competitive and based on the entire application package.

Assessment of Applications

The Department of Justice Studies considers all of the following in assessing potential graduate students and in making recommendations for acceptance to the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research.

  •  ability to conceptualize justice
  • readiness to undertake graduate work and complete the degree successfully
  • ability to undertake research and prepare a thesis with an in-depth analysis of aspects of justice or policing
  • relevant combinations of academic and/or professional experience
  • our ability to provide appropriate coursework and thesis supervision

Students who do not have sufficient background may be eligible for admission as qualifying students. After successfully completing one or more qualifying courses, a change in status to fully-qualified can take place.

Application deadline: The Department accepts applications only once during the year. Applications must be received by January 15.


Mid-Career Option Entry into the MAPS Program

A limited number of mid-career managers with suitable police experience but who lack an undergraduate degree may be admitted to the MAPS program, provided that they complete a qualifying program. In order to be considered for this program, candidates must meet the admission requirements for undergraduate students, and have a minimum of 5-years of experience in a management or supervisory position with a policing organization. All qualifying courses must be passed with a grade no less than 70%. Qualifying students may be discontinued from their program if they receive a grade less than 70%. All other entrance requirements for the MAPS program apply.

If qualifying students have already taken some of  the qualifying course requirements or equivalents, they may be eligible for advanced standing in such courses. A proposed qualifying program must be approved by the coordinator of the Police Studies program.