Criminology & Criminal Justice

Work to make the world a safer place

Work to make the world a safer place

Interested in a career in law enforcement, corrections, youth work, security, or border services?

UFV's two-year Criminal Justice diploma is an excellent springboard to help you secure a front-line job in the criminal justice field.

To prepare you for the challenges of a hands-on criminal justice career, the Criminal Justice diploma program provides well-rounded curriculum that includes criminology, psychology, sociology, communications, political science, and some great electives. You explore the underpinnings of the justice system, criminal behaviour, and corrections. You also learn valuable skills in mediation, crisis management, and conflict de-escalation.

In your final term, you participate in a field work practicum that provides you with supervised work experience and feedback. You work with your field practice coordinator to identify a placement that meets your learning goals.

If you wish to continue your education after two years, you may go directly into the third year of the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program. The diploma program also offers a transfer option to BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation.

Career outlook for Criminal Justice diploma

With a Criminal Justice diploma, you’ll set a path toward a dynamic and challenging career as a youth worker, security guard, park ranger, police officer, correctional officer, immigration officer, bylaw enforcement officer, custom inspector, community service order officer, or sheriff's officer.

WorkBC lists police officer as one of the top 100 opportunity occupations in B.C., especially in the Lower Mainland. High demand for law enforcement staff will rise until at least 2025, both because the population is growing and older officers are moving into retirement.