Justice Studies

Graduate Co-ordinator: Stuart Wilson, PhD

Faculty Listing

Please note admission to this program has been suspended until further notice.

Department Description

The MA in Justice 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.

Research opportunities are available in the following areas:

  • The social contexts of crime
  • Critical analysis of judicial processes, correctional and restorative justice programs, and victims' services
  • Social justice issues and movements related to economic equality, political participation, gender equality, ethno-cultural identity, and other aspects of inequality and injustice
  • International justice, human rights, and social development, including alternative models of globalization and the role of international organizations.


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, scholarships, 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%. Please note that acceptance into the MA in Justice Studies is based on the entire application package, and not merely your undergraduate record.

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 here

Degree Requirements

Mastster of Arts (MA) in Justice Studies (thesis)

ONE OF JS 800, SOC 804, 805 or PSYC 803 3 credit hours
ONE of JS 801, PHIL 890AD or SOC 803 3 credit hours
JS or Related Discipline 8xx* 3 credit hours
JS or Related Discipline 8xx* 3 credit hours
JS 901** 18 credit hours
TOTAL 30 credit hours

NOTE: At least two of these courses must be graduate Justice Studies courses.

*The choice is based on the individual student's research interests. Other courses may be substituted with permission of the student's supervisor, the Department Head, and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

  • JS 805, 810, 820, 880, 890
  • SOC 808
  • PSYC 810, 811, 820, 822
  • ANTH 810
  • HIST 801, 814
  • INDG 800, 801
  • PHIL 880AA-ZZ, 890AA-ZZ
  • PSCI 803, 804, 824, 833, 843
  • WGST 880AA, 880AB

**The thesis topic and the research for it are supervised by the student's graduate committee, in particular the Thesis Supervisor. All students will have a Thesis Supervisor at the time of admission. Normally, a Masters thesis takes about a year to complete.


JS 800 Research Techniques in Justice Studies (3)
The course critically examines issues and techniques relating to quantitative and qualitative social science research as it is related to Police and Justice Studies. The course uses the case method as well as seminar and lecture formats.

JS 801 Multidisciplinary Theoretical Perspectives on Justice (3)
An examination of the nature and foundations of justice, and its various meaning (such as retribution, getting what one deserves, righteousness, equality, procedural fairness, and restoration of harmony and balance). The course draws upon religious thought, philosophy, legal concepts, economic and social theory, and Indigenous cultures and teachings.

JS 802 Interprofessional Collaboration for Public Safety, Health and Learning (3)
In this course students will explore, in an interprofessional context, complex issues related to justice, health and learning. A primary objective will be to engage in opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes related to collaborative competencies and promote interprofessional learning to foster interprofessional practices among policing and security services (RCMP, municipal police services, CBSA, etc.), health and educational organizations: first responders, fire fighters, social workers, hospitals, etc.

JS 803 Public Safety and Community Policing (3) 
This course is a theoretical examination of the history and models of contemprary community policing in Canada. The interelated roles of the community and the police in the development and implementation of community and problem-oriented policing in urban as well as rural settings will be examined.

JS 804 Public Safety in a Democratic Society (3) 
This course considers the role, organization, and accountability of policing within democratic societies; considers implications of jurisdiction, geography, community, training and operations.

JS 805 Graduate Research Seminar on Justice (3)
Students will undertake research on topics relating to justice and present the results to fellow students and interested faculty.
Note: Students may receive credit for one of JS 805 or PLST 805.

JS 810 Crime and Society (3)
The course examines the social processes involved in the definition and measurement of crime. Students critically examine alternate theoretical explanations of these processes and issues in the conflict of law. The course uses the case method as well as seminar and lecture formats.
Note: Students may receive credit for one of JS 810 or PLST 810.

JS 820 Contemporary Issues in Justice and the Law (3)
This course will provide students with a brief historical review of justice and an in-depth examination of the major contemporary justice issues.
Note: Students may receive credit for one of JS 820 or PLST 820.

JS 880AA-ZZ Selected Topics in Justice Studies (3)
Selected topics in Justice Studies to be offered as required.

JS 890AA-ZZ Directed Readings in Justice Studies (3)
Directed readings in Justice Studies

JS 901 Research (3-15)
Thesis Research