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.
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.
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.
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:
- Bachelor of Arts — Criminology at Vancouver Island University
- Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies at Royal Roads University (block transfer)
- Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology at Simon Fraser University
- Bachelor of Arts in Community Criminal Justice at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice degree at University of the Fraser Valley
- Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies at Lethbridge College (block transfer)
- Bachelor of Arts — Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University
- Bachelor of Arts — Criminology at University of Alberta
- Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology at University of Ottawa
- Diploma or Diploma with Internship Designation
- Two years
- Study Options
- Full-time only
- Work Experience
- Optional internship
- Arts and Science