Criminal Justice


Winter 2021 Update

Course Delivery Summary:

  • Year 1: Blended
  • Year 2: Blended

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About the Program

The Criminal Justice diploma program prepares students for a multitude of careers in criminal justice, including numerous government and non-government areas. These careers include opportunities in law enforcement, policing, private security, border enforcement, intelligence, criminal profiling, legal services, private investigations, and community peace officers

The program provides a liberal arts education for adaptable career-minded individuals who are self-motivated and effective decision makers, with a focus on the development of responsible leaders for criminal justice careers. Possessing good communication and problem solving skills, as well as a positive attitude and values, makes students well suited for this program. Graduates will receive a Criminal Justice Diploma.

Aims of the Criminal Justice Program
The program is designed to prepare students to enter any one of many areas of public, contract, or private criminal justice occupations. Studies include exposure to an array of investigative techniques and practices including forensics, crime scene investigations, threat and risk assessments, and methods for gaining employment in the field of your choice.

Direction of the Criminal Justice Program
Rapid change, new technology, and increasing criminal sophistication demand that a criminal justice employee be well informed for a diverse and exacting profession. Police services, law enforcement industry trainers and educators have identified the key components and competencies required in the criminal justice community. In addition to leadership skills, these key competencies include ethics, analytical thinking, self-confidence, communication skills, flexibility, diligence, patience, self-control, problem solving, and physical skills. During the program students are encouraged to attain the necessary skills and fitness level to pass the testing requirements demanded by law enforcement organizations. Criminal Justice organizations expect applicants to be involved in their community and students are encouraged to volunteer for various groups and agencies.

The challenging and rewarding two-year program gives students the skills that future leaders in criminal justice will need to succeed. Students will also gain an understanding of the criminal justice system through studies in human relations, psychology, sociology, investigations, policing, security, criminology, and law.

High School Route
60% in ELA 30-1 OR 65% in ELA 30-2 or equivalent

Mature Student Route
60% in ELA 30-1 OR 65% in ELA 30-2 or equivalent

Conditional Admission Plan (CAP)
If a student does not possess all of the admission requirements, the Conditional Admission Plan (CAP) may provide conditional acceptance to this program, provided space is available.

Some courses related to this program are found here. Please see the academic calendar or this year's program planning guide for an up-to-date set of courses related to Criminal Justice.

The enforcement community encompasses a broad range of occupations in both government and private sectors. From government regulatory bodies to national security investigations, and specialized federal investigators to private security and consultants, the industry is extensive and growing. There are a large number of career opportunities with police agencies and studies have indicated that many agencies are in the process of replacing a large percentage of their staff in the immediate future. As a result of terrorist threats, there have been a substantial number of new opportunities created in private and government security.

Federal Corrections anticipates a need for 3,000 additional staff over the next five years. Customs, Immigration, and other specialized federal enforcement bodies continue to hire as demand warrants.

Our graduates have obtained employment with a wide range of private, municipal, provincial and federal agencies, including the RCMP, Municipal Police, Customs, Immigration, Military Police, Corrections, Solicitor General, Motor Transport, and private security providers.

Graduates of our program may apply to local, provincial, or federal police forces, other law enforcement agencies, and to federal agencies and corrections. However, you must apply to these agencies directly as Medicine Hat College does not supply graduates directly to any agency. It is imperative in this regard that you assess the hiring standards, especially the minimum physical qualifications such as eyesight, before expending extensive time concentrating on a law enforcement career.

A graduate of this program may find employment as a:

Canadian Intelligence Officer  Military Police Officer   Private/Corporate Investigator
 Correctional Officer  Parole Officer  Probation Officer
 Crime Analyst  Police Officer  Youth Worker (young offenders)
 Customs Officer  Policy Analyst (provincial and federal solicitor general departments)  Special Constable (solicitor general/justice/municipal departments)

What is your education going to cost?

Our TUITION and FEES page provides a total cost estimate for your program including books and supplies and related expenses.

Looking for ways to help fund your education?

There are lots of options like student loans, scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding available.
Check out our FINANCIAL AID page for more information.

Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

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