How to Apply

The online application is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for 2021-2022.

Applications to the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) through the online application which is housed on a secure server at the University of Toronto.

School of Graduate Studies 2021-2022 SGS Admission Guide

The Centre will consider your application only after you have entered your personal and academic information in the online application, paid the application fee, and submitted the supporting documents by the deadline date.

The applicant is responsible for assembling and submitting all required material by the application deadline January 4, 2021. 

SGS online admissions applications

Once you access the SGS online admissions application and enter your contact information, an applicant identification number and a password will be emailed to you.

  • Remember to enter your SGS applicant ID on the documents.
  • You can leave and return to your application at any point until you move to the payment stage.
  • After the payment stage you can return to check on the status of this application including whether we have received your supporting documents.
  • It is your responsibility to check the system frequently to verify that the documents have been received.

If for some reason you cannot use the online admission application, please contact us at

Payment of Application Fee

Payment of your application fee must be received by the School of Graduate Studies before we will consider your application.

Currently the fee is $125.00 Canadian.

You may pay online by VISA or Mastercard. Please note that the process requires that popup blockers on your web browser be disabled.

If you are unable to pay by credit card you may print an invoice from the application and mail it with a certified cheque to the School of Graduate Studies. Please do not send your application fee to the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies.


  • The application fee must be submitted online with the application. No information should be mailed to SGS unless you are unable to pay the application fee online. In this case, an invoice (as noted above) can be mailed to SGS with the appropriate payment.
  • The SGS on-line application fee is a non-refundable fee. If you apply to the wrong department, you must submit a new application and pay another application fee if you wish to be considered for a different program other than what you initially applied for.
  • The online payment is secure as the transaction is handled by Moneris, a third party authorized by VISA and Mastercard. Moneris provides the School of Graduate Studies with payment confirmation only. SGS and the University of Toronto will not have access to your credit card information.

Submission of Application

  1. Log in to the online application
  2. Complete the on-line application (biographical and education information).
  3. Pay application fee.
  4. Enter information for two referees in on-line application.
    1. Letters of reference must be submitted online.
    2. These must be academic references from professors or special lecturers; not from teaching assistants.
    3. If your referee/s encounter's a problem with the online submission, please have your referee complete the reference form and mail it to the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, Graduate Office, in a sealed envelope with a signature over the seal. The letter should be sent directly from the referee.
    4. Please note that we do not accept letters of reference that are sent by fax or by email.
  5. Upload or scan copies of all post-secondary education through the on-line application (including exchanges and transfer credits). The admissions committee will make its decision about your application based on your scanned transcript(s).
  6.  Submit through the online application a statement of interest (maximum 600 words) following the instructions for MA applicants or PhD applicants.
  7. For PhD Application only – send an electronic copy of writing sample to

Statement of Interest: MA Applicants

MA applicants should respond to each of these questions in the following sequence. Each answer should be no more than 200 words in length.

i) Why do you wish to pursue a master’s degree in criminology and sociolegal studies?

  • Please feel free to discuss any relevant academic, public policy, or personal interests that motivate your decision to apply to a master’s program.
  • You may also tell us about your career plans and how this graduate degree would fit into them.

ii) Please describe your academic and professional qualifications for graduate work in criminology and sociolegal studies.

  • You should describe your previous undergraduate and graduate studies, and explain how they prepare you for a master’s degree in criminology and sociolegal studies.
  • Comment on your marks, and note any awards or other particular evidence of distinction.
  • If you have relevant professional experience, you may note this as well.
  • If you have faced particular personal obstacles that have detrimentally affected your marks, you may explain them here.

iii) Please explain why you believe that the master’s program in criminology and sociolegal studies at the University of Toronto is a good match with your professional objectives and interests.

  • Please note any particular courses, fields of study, or instructors of particular interest to you.

Statement of Interest: Ph.D. Applicants 

In your statement of interest, you should

  • Indicate your intended area(s) of doctoral research
  • Briefly set forth your relevant academic training to date, including any distinctions or other specific evidence of academic excellence and suitability for doctoral studies.

Please try to limit your statement to a maximum of 1,000 words in length.

Please note that in addition to assessing your own qualifications for doctoral work, the Graduate Admissions Committee and the Centre faculty will seek to determine whether we can provide appropriate supervision for you during your studies in our program.

Although you are not required to secure the commitment of any faculty member to serve as your supervisor, you should note in your statement which professor(s) could serve either in this capacity, or as members of your dissertation committee, and indicate whether you have been in touch with those individuals.

Faculty profiles are listed on the Centre’s website, which also indicates which faculty members are eligible to supervise doctoral students. It is advisable to contact prospective supervisors well in advance of submitting an application to discuss your possible interest in working with them.

Letters of Recommendation

In addition to the statement of interest, you must submit two academic letters of recommendation.

Please note that these references must be academic in nature; that is, they should generally be from former instructors or academic supervisors who can speak to your qualifications for doctoral work, and not from (for example) your employer in a non-academic workplace.

PhD Writing Sample

You should send a sample of written work (e.g., chapter from a master’s thesis, published paper, or other research paper).

Applicants whose first language is not English

Applicants to either the M.A. or the Ph.D. programs whose first language is not English must take a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with both a verbal and a written component.

Official copies of these scores must be submitted to the University before a formal offer of admission can be made. Detailed information on the TOEFL can be found on their website.

An overall score of 580 and a written score of 5.0 on the paper-based test are the minimum standards. With the computer-based test, an overall score of 237 and a written score of 5 are required.

With the Internet-based TOEFL test, the overall score of 93 is considered by ETS to be the equivalent ot 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) on the current test. The Writing section score of 22 equates roughly to a score of 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE).

Other tests

The Centre does not require GRE scores or other aptitude or proficiency tests.

Supporting Documents

Supporting documents, i.e., Ph.D. writing sample must be mailed to:

Graduate Program Administrator
Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
Canadiana Gallery BuildingUniversity of Toronto
14 Queen's Park Crescent West, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON
Canada M5S 3K9


Complete all parts of the online application (biography, education, program of study, reference contact, and application payment) by January 4, 2021.

Please note that your application will not be considered if you do not meet the above deadline.

Transcripts, reference letters, statement of interest and application summary must be received by January 11, 2021.

The applicant is responsible for assembling and ensuring all required material is received by the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies by the above deadlines. We advise applicants to check the online application system frequently, to verify that the documents have been received.

Applications with missing documentation (transcripts, statement of interest, academic references) will not be considered.

When will I hear about my application results?

The deadline for applications is January 4 and we make the decisions on applications after all of the applications are submitted.

Decisions on applications are normally finalized by the end of March. If applications are incomplete and require further documentation (e.g., final grades, reference, etc.), a decision may be made at a later date.

Applicants should, in their own interest, make every effort to submit their applications prior to the January 4th deadline.

What if I don’t get in?

If you are not accepted into the program, you must re-apply and submit a new application to the Centre.

If your transcripts are up-to-date within a year of your application, you will need to submit only the following:

  • Two new academic references
  • A new statement of interest
  • Any information that you think would be useful in support of your application.