In a changing and increasingly interdependent justice sector, expanding your knowledge is key to success in an evolving justice landscape.
Founded on a Transdisciplinary approach to justice studies for solving complex social issues, our unique program is problem-focused, drawing from diverse disciplines to help you deal with ever-evolving problems in action-oriented, solution-focused and context-specific ways.
The MA in Justice Studies is a two-year, interdisciplinary graduate program and stresses the importance of a collaborative and problem-focused approach to justice. Recognizing the multi-problematic aspects of complex social issues, this Transdisciplinary approach is essential in understanding the complexity of a problem and in developing effective solutions often missed under more traditional approaches to justice.
A one-year Graduate Diploma in Justice Studies is also offered.
The majority of this program is experienced through online learning. Online courses enable you to meet the demands of work and family while studying. Using our web-based learning platform, you will access your reading materials, complete individual and group assignments, and engage with the rest of your classmates and instructors; online from anywhere. Each online course will be nine weeks in length, with a two-week break between courses.
During the course of your two-year program, you will attend two, two-week on-campus residencies. Here you’ll interact face-to-face with your instructors, cohort and team. You’ll have set class hours as well as homework and meetings outside of class hours, making this an intensive and rewarding time.
During the first year of study, all students will take the same set of courses. During the second year, students can select from the following options:
Students taking the thesis track will be required to take a second research course during their second residency.
Students taking the course-based track will be able to continue their studies online during the second year, choosing from a suite of electives designed to appeal to students in all three Humanitarian Studies graduate programs.
Course-based track with internship
Within the course-based track, students may choose to take a 6-credit internship. Students who choose an internship will gain field experience. This experiential learning will help students apply their theoretical knowledge by demonstrating their ability in a real-world setting and documenting their experiences.
Royal Roads University works with an outcomes-based learning model. Learning outcomes are clear, plain language descriptors of knowledge and performance tasks that students demonstrate in order to successfully complete a program.
Within the MA in Justice Studies, there are five key learning outcome domains:
Professional Skills & Practice
Using learning outcomes helps to clarify a program’s focus, helps students connect their program to their workplace, provides a focus for assessment/evaluation, and helps employers understand the benefits of the program.
Who it’s for
Ideal for those seeking career advancement in a justice-related institution or agency, including government, policing, corrections, customs and immigration, DND and Coast Guard, for-profit/non-profit, and international organizations, and for students seeking to continue their post-secondary education in justice studies.
Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Process. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Four years (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a relevant and related field*, with a minimum GPA of 'B+' (3.33/4.33), from a recognized post-secondary institution
* Relevant and related fields are defined by each program based on disciplinary and/or professional practices. Applicants are required to address how they consider their academic education to be relevant and related to their desired program of study within the personal statement questions.
Applicants who meet the degree requirement, but not the GPA requirement, will be required to have a minimum of 5 years of relevant* professional experience.
Applicants without an undergraduate degree will normally require 10 years of work experience, with a minimum of two years of relevant* professional experience in a leadership or management position**, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
All flexible admission applicants will be required to complete "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" several weeks prior to starting the program and obtain a minimum B+ (77%).
* Each program, based on disciplinary and/or professional practices, defines what is considered relevant professional experience. Applicants are required to address how/why they consider their respective supervisory (and overall work experience) to be relevant and related to their desired program of study within the personal statement questions.
** Experience in a leadership or management position is considered on the basis of a holistic review of career progression, which demonstrates increasing competency and/or responsibility. This can include, but is not limited to, supervisory functions, signing responsibilities, contributions to organisational change and/or implementation of organisational vision and mission. Applicants are required to address how they consider their work experience to meet these requirements within the personal statement
English Language Proficiency
If English is not your primary language, please review our English Language Requirements.
Apply a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to the Transdisciplinary justice field of study and practice.
Examine and situate one’s own personal beliefs.
Demonstrate openness to ideas and actions.
Evaluate evidence, its sources, meanings and intentions.
Identify, select, and sort relevant information in order to be able to describe, draw inferences, synthesize and validate that information.
Identify and explain the ethical dimensions of professional conduct and practice.
Critically reflect on the impacts and consequences of decisions and resulting actions.
Articulate ideas and arguments effectively in oral and written formats.
Demonstrate competence in interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.
Critically analyze the influence of new, emergent and collaborative technologies on Tran’s disciplinary fields of justice practice.
Select and employ different communication mediums based on assessment of situation and context.
Illustrate the use and limitations of knowledge and theory in the field to Tran’s disciplinary justice professional practice.
Identify and explain the core concepts and constructs of research.
Contribute to knowledge in the field of study or practice using systematic and recognized research design and methods.
Critically evaluate the rigour and validity of information and academic materials.
Recognize gaps in professional knowledge and seek out information to address deficiencies.
Examine historic and contemporary understanding of the construct of justice within and across disciplines, cultures and societies.
Compare and apply Tran’s disciplinary range of theories to justice problems.
Examine key factors (e.g. social, political, and economic) that impact an understanding and application of Tran’s disciplinary justice.
Identify and assess the barriers and opportunities for applying theory to practice.
Compare and critique strategies and frameworks for integrating Tran’s disciplinary justice into the analysis of practice.
Analyze and evaluate justice contexts, norms and values.
Articulate future directions for Tran’s disciplinary justice.
Professional Skills & Practices
Advocate and promote the implementation of Tran’s disciplinary perspectives into justice practices and systems.
Demonstrate advanced problem solving, facilitation, coordination and communication skills appropriate to complex and diverse justice environments.
Illustrate the capacity to work sensitively and professionally across diversity in personalities, contexts and cultures.
Engage in and build capacity for adaptive practices.
Compare and appraise tools and approaches to program development, implementation and evaluation.
Integrate regular self-care activities into practice.
Develop, manage and contribute to group processes.
HUMSIP: Internship Preparation and Career Management Skills
ITAI: Introduction to Academic Integrity
CPWB500: Foundations: Reframing Child Wellbeing in Complex Global Realities
HUMS551: Foundations of Research
JUST502: Foundations in Transdisciplinary Justice
JUST503: Current Issues in Justice
JUST504: Indignity and Justice
JUST505: Case Studies in Transdisciplinary Justice
JUST506: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Social Justice
PJMN501: Managing Complex Projects
HUMS611: Intercultural Competence
HUMS630: Advanced Research Methods
HUMS641: Foundations of Policy and Practice in Humanitarian Action
HUMS642: Psychosocial Interventions: Managing Stress, Trauma, and Loss
HUMS643: Ethnopolitical Conflicts in the Canadian Context
HUMS651: Case Studies in Humanitarian Action: Advanced Policy and Practice
HUMS652: Adaptive Management for Complex Humanitarian Problems in the 21st Century
HUMS653: Environmental and Resource-Based Conflict Management
HUMS661: Risk and Crisis Communication
HUMS662: Professional Practice in Conflict and Change Management
HUMS671: Transdisciplinarity in Practice
HUMS672: Public Images of Justice and Fairness
HUMS673: Indigenous Perspectives on Humanitarianism
HUMS674: Glade Report Writing
HUMS691: Short Paper
JUST601: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on International Justice
JUST602: Advanced Policy Analysis in Justice Studies
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