Graduates of the Criminology Diploma program are employed in nearly every aspect of the justice system. Work activities might include protecting the public, detecting and preventing crime, probation supervision, social advocacy, counselling or conducting research.
Careers and Opportunities:
Criminology students are sought after for their knowledge of crime, their understanding of the Canadian legal system, and their critical thinking skills. A background in criminology is a strong foundation for a wide range of eventual careers, including:
- Corrections Officer (both Federal and Provincial)
- Criminal Forensic Investigator
- Fraud Prevention Officer
- Law Enforcement (including RCMP, municipal police forces, Canadian border services, sheriff services)
- Parole Supervision
- Policy Analyst
- Private Investigations
- Probation Officer
- Victim Service Worker
Graduates may also continue their education in criminology, law, political science, psychology, and social work.
Diplomas from CNC transfer into university programs and give you preferential admission at public universities and university-colleges in BC. (Consult the British Columbia Transfer Guide and check with CNC advisors to verify transferability of credits.)
What You Will Learn:
The Criminology Diploma provides introductions and theoretical foundations that apply to every aspect of the justice system, including:
- Legal rights and responsibilities
- Insights into criminal psychology
- Sociology of deviance and crime
- Criminal Law
- Corrections and prisons
Criminology Diploma Courses
Graduates of the Criminology Diploma program are employed in nearly every aspect of the justice system. Work activities might include protecting the public, detecting and preventing crime, probation supervision, social advocacy, counselling or conducting research. Graduates may also continue their education in criminology, social work, psychology, law and related social and behavioural sciences.
One elective chosen from:
One elective chosen from: ANTH, COMM, CSC, ECON, ENGL, GEOG, HIST, MATH, PHIL, PSCI, PSYC, SOC, OR WMST which transfer directly to SFU
Any 3 CNC courses with direct credit transfer to SFU
Locations & Dates
CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.
Successful completion of one of the following:
- Grade 12 (with English 12 or English 12: First Peoples) or
- ABE/Academic Upgrading Advanced Certificate or
- GED Certificate or
- Grade 11, with an outstanding academic record, in the year of application.
Note 1: It is recommended high school students consult their counsellors to ensure they select the most appropriate high school courses for their chosen career paths.
Note 2: Students who received less than a “B” in English 12 or its equivalent are encouraged to select English 103 as their first university credit English course.
Note 3: The GED certificate meets the general admission requirements but does not meet specific program or course prerequisites.
Note 4: You’ll need to comply with the prerequisites of the specific courses you select.
Additional program-specific admission requirements
- Math 11 or Math 045 or equivalent will be required for second year.
- Students graduating from Grade 12 in 2014 will require Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11 or Math 045 or equivalent that’s required for second year.
Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.
Invest in your future
Please check the Fee Schedule for up-to-date information.
These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Costs may change without notice. Student fees vary by campus.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.
Paying for college
We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how.
Salaries and employment
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The estimated cost for this program is $24,680.
This cost is an estimate and subject to change. This does not include registration fees, text books, medical insurance or living expenses.