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Criminal Justice

Diploma in Criminal Justice or Diploma in Criminal Justice, Internship Designation

Protecting society by engaging with the victims and offenders of crime

Fascinating, complicated and complex

The criminal justice system is an integral part of all of our lives; everyone is touched by crime and the criminal justice system in some way. In the Criminal Justice program, you'll gain a critical understanding of how the criminal justice system works to protect society. With this diploma, you'll be ready for further post-secondary studies or for work as a front-line practitioner within the criminal justice field.

In demand

There are over 500,000 criminal justice-related jobs in Canada. Upon receiving your two-year diploma, you'll be ready for entry level positions in correctional services, customs, law enforcement, and in services to young offenders.

If you continue on to complete a bachelor's degree in Criminology, you'll be eligible for additional employment opportunities in such fields as probation, parole, immigration, research, and counselling within institutions.

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Hands-on learning

Volunteering demonstrates your commitment to giving back to your community, and for most employers, volunteer experience counts as job experience. You will be encouraged to volunteer in a service-related position, and a volunteer fair is arranged each year to help you learn more about volunteer opportunities within the community. 

You can also enhance your diploma with an optional internship designation. Taken after the first or second year of studies, this three-month work term will give you the practical experience that employers favour.

After graduation

You will graduate from this program with a broad base of theoretical knowledge, skills, and abilities suitable to a range of entry-level criminal justice positions, including law enforcement (public, military, deputy sheriffs, by-law enforcement, private security); adult, youth, and community corrections; victim services; restorative justice; and customs border services. Other opportunities exist with organizations that support victims, offenders, and vulnerable populations.

The second year of the program provides some course flexibility, and by consulting with the program Chair, you will be able to select an applied stream of courses to gain specific skill sets for employment, reducing your need for additional training.

Continue your studies in a bachelor's degree program

Courses transfer to various universities. If you intend to pursue a four-year degree in criminal justice or criminology you should consider this program as your first two years. 

You'll be eligible to apply for admission into the third year of many degree programs, including:

Criminal Justice

Diploma or Diploma with Internship Designation
Two years
Study Options
Full-time only
Work Experience
Optional internship
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