Transferring into CJPP

Join the exciting study of Criminal Justice and Public Policy (CJPP)! This interdisciplinary program between the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of Political Science investigates the links between crime, law, public policy, and social and criminal justice. Our faculty and students are passionate about working to improve life through a critical understanding of the Canadian legal system, all while building a solid foundation for a career in the criminal justice system.

Students interested in applying to transfer into the CJPP major are encouraged to speak with a member of the CJPP program before pursuing next steps. Please email

CJPP Major Transfer Requirements for U of Guelph Students

Students who wish to declare the CJPP major may apply once after having completed the six foundation courses below.  Students must apply directly to the program ( by June 1. Admission to the specialization will be based on the average of the six foundation courses. Acceptance will be competitive and based on available spaces, which will vary from year to year. Students with an overall average below 70% in the six foundation courses will not be considered for admission to the major. All decisions will be made by the end of June.

For students following the 2020-2021 undergraduate calendar or later, the six foundational courses are:

POLS*2300 [0.50] Canadian Government and Politics
POLS*2350 [0.50] Law from a Political Science Perspective
SOAN*2120 [0.50] Introductory Methods
SOC*1500 [0.50] Crime and Criminal Justice
SOC*2700 [0.50] Criminological Theory
One of:
POLS*2230 [0.50] Public Policy
POLS*2250 [0.50] Public Administration and Governance

*Students are encouraged to complete the core courses within their first 10 credits

CJPP Major Transfer Requirements for Students Transferring from other Institutions

Students from other institutions who transfer to the University of Guelph and wish to declare the CJPP major must also meet the above requirements. If external transfer students are granted credit for one or more of the foundation courses listed above, then they must attain an overall average of 70% or better in the remaining required CJPP foundation courses to be eligible to apply to transfer.

If you wish to apply to the CJPP major through the competitive transfer process from a non-BA degree program (ex. BSC, BAS, BCOMM, etc), you must first apply for an internal transfer. Find full details on the Admission Services website - - or contact