Degrees and Careers



Universities and Colleges

This education page provides a wide variety of information. You will find links to postsecondary institutions that offer programs in criminology, criminal justice, and related fields as well as information on training and continuing education. If you’re thinking of a degree in criminology or a related field, be sure and check out these links.

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General Sites

For the most comprehensive links to information about most Canadian Universities go to the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. This website provides links to Universities and Degree granting colleges in a database which is easily searchable. Community colleges are not listed on this site unless they grant University degrees. The most common types of degrees are listed under Criminology; Canadian Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence; Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; Criminal Justice/Police Science; Criminal Justice/ Safety Studies; Forensic Science; Law (LL.B/JD) Legal Research Studies; General Legal Studies; Pre-law; Sociology or Social Work

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University Programs



University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta)
Bachelor of Arts (Criminology)

British Columbia

Vancouver Island University (VIU) (Nanaimo, British Columbia)
Bachelor of Arts (criminology) and Diploma in Criminology

Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, British Columbia)
School of Criminology

BA in Criminology (major/honours) or Graduate degrees (MA/PhD). Undergraduate courses are offered in a number of sites other than the main campus on Burnaby Mountain. Courses are offered on a regular basis at the Harbour Centre Campus in downtown Vancouver, the Surrey campus, and on an irregular basis at the Shuswap Nation's Secwepemc Cultural Education Society Centre near Kamloops.


University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
BA (Criminology)

New Brunswick

St. Thomas University(Fredericton, New Brunswick)
Certificate in Criminology and Social Justice, BA (Criminology), or BAA (Criminal Justice)

Nova Scotia

St. Mary's University(Halifax, Nova Scotia)
BA with major or honours in Criminology, BA (Criminology), or Masters (Criminology)


Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario)
General or Honours BA (Criminology)

University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario)
Certificate in Criminology (English and French); Bachelor of Social Sciences in Criminology, (English and French);
Masters in Criminology, (English
and French) and PhD Criminology (English and French)

University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)
BA in Criminology (Specialist or Major), BA in crime and deviance (major), PhD in Criminology,
Combined JD/MA in crimninology, and MA in criminology

University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts, (option in legal studies and criminology) or
Diploma in sociology of crime, deviance and regulation

University of Windsor (Windsor Ontario)
BA in Criminology, Combined Honours in Criminology, BA honours in forensics and criminology, and MA in Criminology

York University (Toronto, Ontario)
Law and Society (in english) or BA (Criminology)


Université de Montréal ( Montréal, Québec )
Note that all courses at Université de Montréal are offered in French only.
BA in criminology, Certificat en criminologie, BSc spécialisé en criminologie, MSc en criminologie or PhD en criminologie

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Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement


University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta)
The University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension offers an Undergraduate level certificate/diploma in Management Development of Police Services

Athabasca University (Athabasca, Alberta)
For students interested in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement, Athabaska University offers an online
Bachelor of Professional Arts - (major) Criminal Justice

British Columbia

Royal Roads University (Victoria, British Columbia)
BA in Justice Studies


University of Guelph, (Guelph, Ontario)
Students may obtain an Honours BA majoring in Criminal Justice and Public Policy and MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy

UOIT (Oshawa, Ontario)
Faculty of Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies offers BA in Criminology and Justice or Legal Studies or Public Policy


Université de Montréal (Montréal, Québec)
The Université de Montréal offers an Undergraduate level certificate/diploma (Certificat en gestion appliquée à la police et à la sécurité) in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration. The program is offered in French only.

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières(Trois-Rivières Québec)
Students may obtain an undergraduate certificate or diploma in Criminal Justice/ Law Enforcement studies (certificat de premier cycle en gestion d'un bureau d'enquêtes). Courses are offered in French only.

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Criminal Justice/Police Science


Athabasca University (Athabaska, Alberta)
The Centre for State and Legal Studies offers a BA in the application of social science and humanities theories and methods to social issues and to the professional lives of individuals in applied-arts areas, including Criminal Justice and Law and Management. Or, you could obtain a Bachelor of Professional Arts with a major in Criminal Justice.


Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario)
Graduates of the four-year program in Policing and Criminal Justice will receive an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in one of Political Science, or a BA with a major in Psychology or Sociology as well as a Diploma in Police Foundations

University of Guelph (Humber Campus, Toronto, Ontario)
Students may obtain a combined Bachelor of Applied Science in Justice Studies BASc/Diploma in police foundations or law and security administration at the University of Guelph's Humber campus situated in north Toronto.

University of Toronto (Mississauga, Ontario)
The University of Toronto, Mississauga offers a BSc majoring in Forensic Science.

UOIT (Oshawa, Ontario)
Faculty of Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies offers BA in Criminology and Justice or Legal Studies or Public Policy


Université de Montréal (Québec)
The only French Bachelors degree program in Criminal Justice/Police Science is offered at the Université de Montréal..


University of Regina (Regina, Saskatchewan)
Located in Regina, Saskatchewan, the U of R offers an Advanced certificate in police studies, a BA in police studies, a BA in justice studies and a Masters of Arts in police studies.


Miscellaneous Degree Programs


Lethbridge Community College (Lethbridge, Alberta)
Despite its designation as a Community College, Lethbridge offers a degree in Correctional Studies

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College Programs

The Association of Community Colleges (ACCC) maintains a database of searchable programs for its 150 member colleges

Correctional Worker and Services Programs, Courses and Degrees at Community Colleges


Grant MacEwan College, (Edmonton Alberta)
Correctional Services Diploma Program

Lethbridge Community College, (Lethbridge Alberta)
Located in Lethbridge Alberta, besides the BA, students may obtain a diploma in Correctional Studies

British Columbia

Kwantlen University College (Surrey, British Columbia)
Kwantlen University College offers 5 Criminology programs: the BA Community Criminal Justice; the BA Criminology major or minor; Associate of Arts in Criminology; and the Diploma and Certificate in Criminology.

Justice Institute of British Columbia, New Westminster, BC
The Justice Institute of British Columbia offers courses towards the designation Adult Correctional Officer as part of its Canadian Criminal Justice Division.


Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Completion of the Correctional Officer: Basic Training course entitles you to apply for employment in Manitoba as an Adult Corrections Officer

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Community College (Miramichi, New Brunswick)

The Correctional Techniques program provides knowledge and skills necessary to work as a correctional officer. Courses offered in a workshop format include: Suicide Intervention, Crisis Intervention, Fire Training and others. Two field placements provide an opportunity for exposure to a correctional environment.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Community College (Truro, Nova Scotia)
The Truro campus of the NSCC offers a diploma in Human Services with a concentration in Correctional Services


Algonquin College (Ottawa, Ontario)
Students may obtain a Correctional Worker diploma from the Police and Public Safety Institute at Algonquin College.

Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology (Sudbury, Ontario)
Cambrian College's School of Justice, Access and Community Services offers a diploma for Correctional Services Workers.

Canadore College , (North Bay, Ontario)
This North Bay Ontario College offers courses towards a diploma in Corrections.

Centennial College (Scarborough, Ontario)
Called Community and Justice Services, students may obtain certification with a Correctional Services Worker diploma.

Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology (Sarnia, Ontario)
Sharing first year courses with students in the Police Foundations and the Law and Security Administration - Professional Security programs, second year students concentrate on Correctional Services.

Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology, (Belleville, Ontario)
Students enrolled at the Belleville campus can obtain a 2 year diploma as a Correctional Worker.

Niagara College (Welland, Ontario)
Offered from the Welland Campus, students may obtain a 2 year diploma as a Correctional Worker.

Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
From the Davis Campus in Brampton, Sheridan offers a diploma in their Correctional Worker program.

St. Lawrence College (Kingston, Ontario)
A correctional worker diploma is offered from this college located in Kingston, Ontario.

Prince Edward Island

Holland College (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island)
Obtain a Correctional Officer Certificate upon completion of this program delivered at the Atlantic Police Academy.


CEGEP John Abbott College( Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec)
John Abbott offers a three year diploma course offered in english in Correctional Intervention.


Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan)
This college offers a Corrections diploma at the Prince Albert campus

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Court and Tribunal Agent


Humber College (Toronto, Ontario)
You can obtain a Business Diploma with a specialization in Paralegal Education

Seneca College
(Toronto, Ontario)
Seneca offers diplomas in Court and Tribunal Administration and Court and Tribunal Agency.

Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Brampton, Ontario)
Sheridan's Davis Campus offers students a diploma in Court and Tribunal Agency

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Criminal Justice


Mount Royal College ( Calgary, Alberta)
The new four-year Bachelor of Arts — Criminal Justice program builds on Mount Royal’s strong reputation for leadership in justice education. For more than 35 years, Mount Royal has met the demand in the justice industry with leading-edge programs, first with a diploma, then an applied degree and now a university-level bachelor’s degree.
Unique in Alberta, the Bachelor of Arts — Criminal Justice will prepare you for a career in fields such as social justice, criminology, law, police services and more.

Lethbridge Community College (Lethbridge, Alberta)
Students may obtain a diploma in Criminal Justice with a specialty in either, Corrections, Policing or Security or obtain a certificate in Criminal Justice in the special program for aboriginal persons

Maskwachees Cultural College
Maskwachees Cultural College is a private community college located within the Four Nations of Hobbema, Alberta, Canada presently offering a certificate in criminal justice. It is in the process of moving to a diploma course in the same subject.

British Columbia

Camosun College (Victoria, British Columbia)
This college offers a purely academic two year University transfer program in Criminal Justice

Douglas College (New Westminster, British Columbia)
As well as offering a BA in Criminal Justice, Douglas College offers a one year certification program, a two year diploma program in Criminology and a Youth Services program. There is also a co-op program in Criminology.

Langara College (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Students can enroll here for a two year diploma in Criminal Justice.

University College of the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, British Columbia)
You can obtain either a diploma in criminal justice or transfer to a university degree program in criminology at UCFV.

New Brunswick

Collège Communautaire du Nouveau Brunswick (CCNB) (Miramichi, New Brunswick)
Students may obtain a two year diploma in Criminal Justice and/or move on to St. Thomas University for a B.A. in Criminal Justice upon successful completion of the diploma.


Yukon College (Whitehorse, Yukon)
This college offers specialized courses in Northern Justice and Criminology which culminates in a one year certificate, a two year diploma or students can transfer to a BA program in Northern Justice and Criminology at Simon Fraser University.

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Law Enforcement


University College of the North (The Pas, Manitoba)
This program is a thirty two week course in Law Enforcement, designed to give students the skills necessary to work in policing, corrections or security.


Police Studies


Grant MacEwan College (Edmonton, Alberta)
Students may obtain either a Certificate in Aboriginal Police Studies or
Police Studies which is offered in either a two year, or 16 month or part time format.

Medicine Hat College, (Medicine Hat, Alberta)
This College offers a two year Diploma in Police and Security.

NorQuest College
(Edmonton, Alberta)
Students here may obtain a Certificate in Aboriginal Policing and Security.


In Ontario, 18 different colleges offer the Police Foundations Diploma, they are listed alphabetically hereafter. Many of these colleges have more than one campus so check their websites to find a location that suits you best.

Algonquin College (Ottawa, Ontario)

Cambrian College (Sudbury Ontario)

Canadore College (North Bay, Ontario)

Confederation College (Thunder Bay, Ontario)

Durham College (Oshawa, Ontario)

Fanshawe College (London, Ontario)

Fleming College (Peterborough, Ontario)

Georgian College (Barrie, Ontario)

Humber College (Toronto, Ontario)

Lambton College
(Sarnia, Ontario)

Loyalist College (Belleville, Ontario)

Mohawk College (Hamilton, Ontario)

Niagara College (Welland, Ontario)

Northern College (Timmins, Ontario)

Seneca College (Toronto, Ontario)

Sheridan College (Oakville, Ontario)

St. Clair College (Windsor, Ontario)

St. Lawrence College (Kingston, Ontario)

Prince Edward Island

Holland College (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island)
Students at the Atlantic Police Academy, (an affiliate of Holland College) can take courses in Firefighting, Conservation Enforcement, Correctional Officer, Law and Security and Police Science (Cadet)


John Abbott College ( Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec)
To apply for employment as a police officer in Quebec, students are encouraged to complete the three year Police Technology Program before applying to the L'École Nationale de Police du Québec (ÉNPQ)

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There are a number of careers that are open to students interested in criminology or criminal justice. On this page you will find different tools to help you plan your career in Criminal Justice. The page offers links to

Degrees and Occupations
Websites that Post Jobs
Resume Drafting

The following is a list of some of these occupations and the education needed to get a job in such a field.


Degrees and Occupations


Law or Master’s Degree

Bachelor’s Degree


Some of the sites below will give you an idea of the availability of jobs in criminal justice and the expectations of potential employers. We also include a few links to sites that provide free advice for writing your résumé.

Most Universities and Colleges offer Career Counselling and Recruitment sites, see for example

Carleton University Careers in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Lethbridge Community College Careers in Corrections

United Nations - International Civil Service Commission
Links to job opportunities in the United Nations System

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Websites that Post Jobs
One of the most popular career web sites on the internet, provides job postings, career advice, and message boards for Canadians.
Aside from being a large site for job postings and career information, Workopolis also offers a specialized area specifically geared to Canadian students at workopolisCampus.

Campus Access
This website offers a listing for universities and programs all across Canada; it also provides the user with tips and hints on getting a job and provides access to a job bank.

Hot Jobs
This site offers another searchable database of jobs across Canada.

Canada Jobs
Another searchable database of available jobs.

This website allows users to post their résumés so that they can be matched up with potential employers. It includes a large, searchable database, as well as links to other job search and résumé posting sites.

This website offers links to nearly all employment boards across Canada. It also includes government agencies’ websites and has a résumé post. The database is searchable for quicker results.

Government Jobs
Public Service Commission of Canada's job site includes a feature that allows prospective employees to search the National Job Bank, Federal Government Jobs, and Job Boom databases.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Includes many job postings for positions in the criminology field and/or the criminal justice field.

Careers in Criminal Justice
This page from Douglas College offers an overview of the kinds of jobs available in the criminal justice field.

S.W.A.T. (Social Workers Action Team) Jobs
Social Worker Action Team website offers a Canada-wide listing of employment opportunities in social work.

American Sociological Association
Offers job postings for university and academic fields. The jobs listed are only in the United States.

This website offers many résumé-building techniques along with a job posting board.

911 HotJobs
This website offers worldwide law enforcement and emergency services job postings, mostly from the United States.

Youth Employment Information (Service Canada)
This website contains links to a large number of job databases from all across Canada. It also offers links to resources that cover topics such as looking for a job, getting work experience, finding a summer job, and working abroad, and labour and market trends.

Job Futures
A Government of Canada site offering extensive information about over 200 occupations, including details about required education and training, job prospects, average wages, and working conditions.

Canadian Journal of Sociology Online
Includes a listing of sociology job openings at Canadian universities, as well as news, book reviews, and a listing of conferences, submission deadlines, and prizes.

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Resume Drafting

This section provides links to some websites that offer practical advice on how to prepare your resume.

Job Choices
Job-search advice for new college grads.

Proven Resumes
Free advice on résumés and on how to incorporate your résumé information into an interview.

Rebecca Smith’s eRésumés and Resources
Offers advice on how to format and transmit electronic résumés.

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