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Police and Justice Studies Diploma

Thompson Rivers University, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

October 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 14,457

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  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Diploma
Developed with police and other justice agencies, this two-year program will prepare you for the challenges of a career in policing, as well as in corrections, parole, customs, and other government services at the federal, provincial or municipal levels. Your diploma credits count towards completion of an arts, business or criminology degree
  • This unique two-year diploma program prepares graduates for careers in policing and other justice-related areas (sheriffs, corrections, parole etc.), while enabling students who desire to continue their education to ladder into degree programs in criminology, arts and business (may require some bridging courses).
  • The program was developed in close liaison with police and other justice agencies to ensure graduates would have the breadth of skills and knowledge required for a justice-related career.
  • Fees based on (15 credits/5 courses)

Enrollment Cycles

  • October 2023

Selective admission

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent)
  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 with a minimum of 73% (or equivalent)
  • A current resumé and statement of career objectives is to be submitted with the application
  • Applicants should note that some required courses require physical fitness standards and may require a criminal record check.

If you don’t meet the requirements

  • You can take upgrading courses at TRU to help you meet the requirements of this program.

Year one courses (30 credits)

Fall semester / September to December

  • Composition
  • Human Behaviour
  • Intro to Criminal Justice Services in Canada
  • Management Information Systems 1
  • Conditioning

Winter semester / January to April

  • Professional Presentation
  • Tactical Communication Skills for Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • The Government and Politics of Canada
  • Year two courses (30 credits)

Fall semester / September to December

  • Police Skills
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Deviance and Control
  • Plus: one elective (3 credits)

Winter semester / January to April

  • Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions
  • Field Work Practicum
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Tuition $419.82 
  • Fees $191.91
  • Books and supplies 
  • Typically about $150 per course $150.00 
  • Total (CDN) $761.73

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