Criminal Justice, Diploma

Two years at Camosun can prepare you for a career in the criminal justice system or provide the first two years of studies towards a bachelor's degree.

Apply now

Check our current program availability.

the photo of criminal justice program student now a policeman with a service dog

Program at a glance



Work experience

Co-op / internship

Study options



Open to International



2 years

Gain hands-on experience in community

Connect with the local community through volunteer opportunities and service projects.

Fascinating, complicated and complex

Start in September

The Diploma in Criminal Justice program provides a social justice perspective on criminal justice systems and processes that form the foundation for ethical, responsible, and professional practice in the criminal justice field. 

Criminal Justice Informational Session - March 4, 2024

This applied program incorporates classroom and community learning experiences, and theoretical frameworks to explore topics including the interagency working of police, courts, corrections, and social service agencies; the impacts of colonization and the resulting intergenerational trauma of Indigenous Peoples, and a critical understanding and social justice approach to current challenges in modern society.

Located at our Lansdowne campus, the Criminal Justice program is two years long, with an optional internship. A core curriculum forms the foundation for the first year of studies; in the second year you can choose which stream of courses best meets your professional and academic goals.

Graduate and enter directly into the criminal justice field. Or transfer your courses and enter into year-three of a bachelor’s degree program.

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 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.

A great student experience

"Camosun was definitely a good stepping stone for me to continue on to university. The knowledge I received while there has provided me with a problem-free transition to the learning I am currently receiving in third year at the University of Ottawa. With small class sizes, it is easy to build solid relationships with professors, and it has been a push in the right direction for a career in the CJS. A positive experience in every aspect."

Tanner Northrup

"I have nothing but good things to say about Camosun College. My teachers were always open for discussion, knew me by name, and always encouraged me to excel and aim for higher goals. The high standard for academic excellence within the Criminal Justice program allowed me to make an easy transition from Camosun to the University of Ottawa, where I continue my studies."

Carmelle Churchill

"I recommend the Criminal Justice program at Camosun for anyone pursuing a career or further education in the field of criminology.

The material is well taught, well organized, and very relevant for practical applications and in academia. The bureaucracy of the program is organized to be conducive for first-time students, relieving student stress during course selection and eventually diploma application. Most classes are fairly small; there is a lot of student-professor interaction and professors are very available. An active Criminal Justice Undergrad Society adds to a fun and friendly atmosphere leading to excellent peer resources in time for finals. Even years after graduation and across great distances, I am still in regular contact with dozens of Camosun alumni who are likely to be life-long friends. Camosun is definitely the best school I ever attended."

Jonathon Ranney

"I finished the Criminal Justice program and have since received my BA in Criminology from SFU and am currently attending law school at UBC. Camosun's Criminal Justice program provided a great foundation for my education. The teaching staff had varied experiences, and Victoria provided a great backdrop to assess the many career options available with a criminal justice degree. I am very thankful I chose Camosun College."

Catherine Beston

    What you'll learn

    Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

    the photo of criminal justice program student now a policeman with a service dog

    Program outline

    For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

    Program outline

    Gain hands-on experience in community

    You’ll make real connections with the local community through volunteer opportunities and service projects.

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

    Enter the criminal justice field

    You will graduate from this program with a broad base of theoretical knowledge, skills, and abilities suitable for a diverse 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; customs border services; social and community service organizations; and other related opportunities. You will be able to apply your knowledge of processes, procedures, and practices to work with diverse individuals and populations, and use of critical thinking skills and evidence-informed decision making in all aspects of practice in criminal justice.

    Continue your studies in a bachelor's degree program

    Courses transfer to various universities. After completing your first two years at Camosun, you'll be eligible to apply for admission into the third year of many degree programs, including:

    Tuition and fees

    Effective from September 1, 2024, to August 31, 2025.

    Estimated tuition

    Tuition estimates are for the entire program

    Criminal Justice, Diploma

    $7,900 (domestic)
    $32,860 (international)

    Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

    For International students visit: International Tuition & Fees.

    Student fees

    In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

    Financial assistance

    You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

    Financial Aid & Awards 

    Curriculum & courses

    Course list

    Course name

    Admission requirements

    One of:

    • C+ in English 12 
    • C in English 12 Camosun Alternative  

    When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the program admission requirements listed above. Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

    For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar: Loading...

    Ready to get started?

    Apply now

    Check our current program availability.

    Missing admission requirements?

    You may be able to take an assessment or upgrade with us.

    Need help applying?

    Find out more on How to Apply or speak to an Admissions Advisor.

    Program Participation Requirements

    • This program has two courses in the second year, STAT 116 and PSYC 201, which require Pre-calculus 11, Foundations of Math 11, MATH 072MATH 075, or MATH 075. The math requirement must be completed prior to enrolling in these courses. Students may want to consider completing the relevant math prerequisites before commencing their program. 
    • Criminal Record Check is required.

    Contact us

    If you have admissions questions contact us today!

    If you have questions about what you can expect to learn in your classes contact or the program chair. 

    group discussion

    Learn more

    For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

    Contact information

    School of Arts & Science

    Campus location

    Fisher 104

    Location link

    Lansdowne Campus



    International students please contact Camosun International