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Join an important and dynamic field. Learn about how the criminal justice system operates and explore the key players and institutions. Examine how people are affected by the justice system and other institutions of regulation.

Prepare for work in criminal justice–related fields or to transition into a related undergraduate program.

This program will help you understand the balancing of the interests of victims, offenders, the public, and politicians, along with concerns about human rights and social justice.

You may be interested if you already work in the public or private sector and are seeking to enter, change, or advance your career in fields related to criminal justice.

What Will You Learn?

Learn to think critically about issues in criminology.

Our wide range of courses will help you explore topics related to:

  • the operation of the criminal justice system
  • the professionals who work within the system
  • the various stakeholders involved in the system

Gain interdisciplinary knowledge and critical thinking skills with respect to social and criminal justice, including:

  • public and private security
  • policing
  • the administration of criminal justice
  • corrections
  • community engagement

Prepare for work in criminal justice–related fields or gain the experience to apply for a degree program.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

You may be interested in this program if you already work in the public or private sector and want to enter, change, or advance your career in fields related to criminal justice.

Successful completion of these courses may count towards a BA in the event of admission to Ryerson’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminology program.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Some of our instructors are faculty members in Ryerson’s Department of Criminology. They have professional and academic backgrounds in fields including:

  • Law
  • Social Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Sociology
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Industry and Careers

There are many exciting and dynamic career opportunities in criminal justice and criminology.

Work with:

  • non-profit organizations assisting justice-involved people with life skills and community involvement
  • organizations involved in the capacity of safety administration, operations compliance, or those that assist with anti-fraud measures
  • police or security services
  • young offenders in the community or in an institutional setting
  • women in conflict with the law
  • victims of crime

All of the courses in the Certificate in Criminal Justice and Criminology are degree-credit. Successful completion of these courses may count towards a BA in the event of admission to Ryerson’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminology program.

Certificate Requirements

  • 2 required courses
  • 3 electives from Group A
  • 1 elective from Group B
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) 1.67+
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Admission Criteria    

Recommended:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits

OR

  • Mature student status with relevant work experience including policing, corrections, courts, social service agencies, security management services, or regulatory enforcement agencies
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Awards and Financial Aid

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Contact Us

Questions? Contact Dr. Kim Varma, Academic Coordinator.

Phone:  416-979-5000, ext. 2680
Email:  kvarma@crim.ryerson.ca

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