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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Contribute to community safety by gaining the skills you need to work in the field of corrections and criminal justice.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Waitlist


Prepare for a rewarding career in the criminal justice field. You learn:

  • How to assist in the rehabilitation and reintegration of people who've come into contact with the law
  • To build effective working relationships with the diverse range of people you encounter in the criminal justice field
  • About sheriff services, youth justice, corrections, policing and various community justice organizations

This program is well-suited for mature self-starters who value teamwork, problem-solving and helping others. Throughout the program, you practise active listening, communication (oral and written), as well as critical thinking and observation skills.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of Standard First Aid, CPR Level C. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • You participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province.
  • You're not guaranteed placements of your choice.
  • Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • The field of criminal justice provides a wide variety of employment opportunities with both institutional and community-based organizations. These employment opportunities include working in federal prisons, provincial correctional facilities, parole services and half-way houses for men and for women.
  • Employment options may also include: sheriff services, border security, specialized court workers, program workers with restorative justice agencies and front-line workers with non-governmental justice-oriented organizations.

Choose NSCC

  • This program was developed to meet the continuing need for correctional and criminal justice workers in Nova Scotia (and across Canada) as services expand and new models, including crime prevention and restorative justice, are introduced.
  • Through a broad range of courses, you gain an understanding of social issues and challenges as they relate to working in the criminal justice system.
  • Learning focuses on both the community and the institutional sectors of the criminal justice system.
  • Work experience and field placements are provided to enhance the knowledge and skills you develop in the program.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • Graduates seeking employment with Correctional Services Canada participate in comprehensive screening processes, which evaluate physical abilities, references and pre-employment experience.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CRIM 1000   Introduction to Criminal Behaviour
CRIM 1002   Interpersonal Communications for Justice Workers
CRIM 1006   Tactics for Justice Workers I
CRIM 1009   Canadian Criminal Justice
CRIM 1010   Diverse Populations
CRIM 1011   Introduction to Forensic Mental Health Issues
CRIM 1012   Information Seeking Interviews for Criminal Justice
CRIM 1014   Healthy Lifestyles for Practice
CRIM 1016   Tactics for Justice Workers II
CRIM 1019   Law for Criminal Justice
CRIM 1030   Professionalism for Justice Workers I
CRIM 1050   Careers in Criminal Justice
CRIM 1060   Crisis and Conflict Management
CRIM 2000   Behaviour Change Interviews for Justice Clients
CRIM 2005   Communications for Justice Workers
CRIM 2010   Victims and Criminal Justice
CRIM 2014   Tactical Operations
CRIM 2019   Youth in Conflict with the Criminal Justice System
CRIM 2023   Professional Ethics
CRIM 2025   Introduction to Policing in Canada
CRIM 2030   Professionalism for Justice Workers II
CRIM 2042   Conflict Resolution for Justice
CRIM 2046   Evidence Based Case Management
CRIM 2090   Concurrent Field Practicum
CRIM 3090   Block Field Practicum
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SOCS 1000   Introduction to Sociology
SOCS 1001   Introduction to Psychology
SOCS 1005   Writing Skills for Social Service Practice I
    Criminal Justice Elective Course Requirement . Students must take two (2) units from a prescribed list of courses.

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