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Criminology Diploma

Two-year diploma

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September, January
  • Gain insight into the justice system through correctional facility tours, mock trials and class discussion.
  • Criminology provides an excellent knowledge base for work in nearly every aspect of the justice system, complementing further study in nursing, medicine, law, teaching, counselling and journalism.
  • Start your degree at NIC and receive two years (60 credits) of transfer credit toward many university programs, including a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology at VIU and beyond.  

Career possibilities: Your education in criminology opens doors to many positions in government, corrections and legal administration. It also provides pathways to a wide range of occupations such as correctional officer, court reporter, immigration officer, researcher, legal assistant, First Nations band officer, insurance adjuster, youth court worker, probation officer, police officer, crime analyst and more.


  • A future full of opportunity. Upon completion, you can choose to pursue your first career position and immediately build experience in the field―or bridge into year three of your university degree, now or anytime in the future.
  • Research opportunities. NIC is one of only a few post-secondary institutions that provides first year students opportunities to participate in applied research.
  • Highly qualified faculty. NIC's expert faculty will provide you with deep learning experiences to inform academic choices and inspire your career through research and networking opportunities.
  • Same degree, save $20,000. Criminology diploma students transferring to university after graduation receive a high quality education while spending approximately $20,000 less for the first two years of their studies (tuition, fees, books, transport, housing and food) compared to students attending an urban university.
  • Be advised, every step of the way. Educational advisors are dedicated to helping you make the most of your course choices. With one-on-one personal advising, you can be assured that your classes at NIC will help you achieve your goals.


Criminology involves the study of crime, criminal behaviour and responses to law-breaking. The principle elements of criminology are social science theory and research methods that explore all aspects of crime and justice issues. The individual and social impact of crime will be a critical component of your research.

Your two-year Criminology diploma is the first step toward criminal justice related employment and/or further studies in criminology. The diploma program consists of 60 credits of university transferable coursework, completed on a full-time basis over two years (four academic semesters). Options for part-time study are also available.

Core 100-level courses include introductory topics in statistics, psychology, sociology, criminology, the criminal justice system and Canadian law and politics, giving you a well-rounded knowledge base. A variety of 200-level topics allow you to advance in your field of work, developing expertise in areas of criminal and deviant behaviour, criminal law, policing, corrections and more.

In addition, you are able to choose four elective courses among a host of university transfer subjects including anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, criminology, economics, English, equity and social justice, fine arts, First Nations studies, French, geography, history, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish and women’s studies.

The diploma also provides an excellent foundation if you wish to pursue university studies in law.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate, you will possess employable skills in nearly every aspect of the justice system and will be well-prepared for career pathways and entry-level employment in law enforcement, the court systems and corrections.

You will qualify for a range of careers, including occupations in the criminal justice system, with Crown corporations and in the private sector. Career positions may include, but would not be limited to, correctional officer, court reporter, immigration officer, researcher, legal assistant, First Nations band officer, insurance adjuster, youth court worker, probation officer, police officer, crime analyst and much more.

Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English 12 First Peoples, NIC ENG-060, ENG-098, ESL-090, or English assessment; and
  2. C in one of Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 12, Foundations of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11, NIC MAT-053, or math assessment.


International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

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Program Requirements

CRM-101 Introduction to Criminology
CRM-131 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CRM-135 Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions
CRM-230 Criminal Law
POL-151 Law and Politics
PSY-130 Introductory Psychology I
PSY-131 Introductory Psychology II
PSY-260 Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology I
SOC-230 Sociological Explanations of Crime and Deviance

One of:
MAT-115 Introduction to Statistics
or PSY-218 Data Analysis in Psychology
One of:
CRM-220 Research Methods in Criminology
or SOC-220 Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

One of:
CRM-241 Introduction to Corrections
CRM-251 Introduction to Policing
HIS-260 Historical Reactions to Criminal and Deviant Behaviour

One of:
ENG-115 Essay Writing and Critical Analysis
or ENG-125 Composition and Indigenous Literature I
One of:
ENG-120 Introduction to Literature: Short Stories and the Novel 
or ENG-121 Introduction to Literature: Poetry and Drama
or ENG-126 Composition and Indigenous Literature II
or ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing

One of:
PHI-100 Introductory Philosophy I: Knowledge and Reality
PHI-150 Critical Thinking


12 credits (4 courses) electives chosen from any 100- or 200-level university transfer courses

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

per Year
Tuition $2,910
NISU Fees $125
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,995
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

per Year
Tuition $12,730
NISU Fees $125
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $14,815
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).
Tuition is based on 3 - 5 courses per term.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What occupations are related to criminology?
    A criminology credential can launch a variety of careers. These include occupations in the criminal justice system, with Crown corporations, and in the private sector, which call for the knowledge and skills you will acquire in your studies. The following list provides some examples:
  • airport security office
  • bailiff
  • bail supervisor
  • by-law enforcement officer
  • campus security officer
  • casino security/investigation
  • community relations officer
  • correctional officer
  • court clerk
  • court reporter
  • customs and immigration officer
  • credit investigator
  • crime analyst
  • criminal investigator
  • First Nations band officer
  • immigration officer
  • insurance investigator or adjuster
  • law enforcement administrator
  • legal assistant
  • loss prevention specialist
  • national security (CSIS)
  • offender support worker
  • paralegal assistant
  • parole officer
  • police dispatcher
  • police officer
  • policy analyst
  • pre-trial services officer
  • probation officer
  • resource management officer
  • researcher
  • sheriff
  • women’s transition home worker
  • victim services specialist
  • volunteer manager
  • youth court worker

Alix Carrel

Alix Carrel

Department Chair, Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD, Comparative Literature and Languages (University of Paris, 2004)

Subjects: French, Spanish
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4158 | Location TYE - 218

Geri Bemister

Geri Bemister


Humanities & Social Sciences

Subjects: Criminology
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4026
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8711 ext. 8759 | Location CEN - 206

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