Criminology Diploma

Gain insight into the justice system through experiences like correctional facility tours, mock trials and class discussions. Start your degree at NIC and receive transfer credit toward university degree programs, including VIU and SFU.

Where: Comox Valley, Online
Starts: September, January
Length: 2 years
Delivery: Off-campus & Blended options; Digital Scheduled & Unscheduled Classes

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NIC has been the best experience that I've had in my schooling. My instructors were amazing. They opened my eyes to new ways of thinking and how to approach the world.

Megan Borland, NIC Criminology student

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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:
STA-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-116 Essay Writing and Indigenous Perspectives
One of:
ENG-122 Reading Literature
or ENG-127 Indigenous Literatures in Canada

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

Completion Requirements

*Effective 2021 FALL: Students must achieve an overall average grade of C (cumulative GPA of 2.0) calculated on all courses counting toward the Criminology diploma.

Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG-060, or ENG-098; or C+ in ESL-092 and ESL-095; 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, NIC MAT-055, or math assessment.


International Language Requirements

If you are applying as an international student, you must meet NIC international admission requirements.

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Accessible Learning

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Alix Carrel

Alix Carrel

Department Chair, Faculty

English, 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

Antonie Scholtz

Antonie Scholtz


Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies (University of Toronto, 2013)

Subjects: Political Science, Sociology
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4081 | Location VLG - F3
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8700

Jen Wrye

Jen Wrye


Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD in Sociology (Carleton University)

Subjects: Sociology
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5030
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Program Highlights

Criminology involves the study of crime, criminal behaviour and responses to law-breaking. The principle elements of criminology are social science theory, institutional and systems impacts, and research methods that explore all aspects of crime, criminal behaviour 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. Students interested in transferring are encouraged to speak to an NIC educational advisor and the receiving institution advisor as well.

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.

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

Tuition & Costs Estimate

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 our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

per Year
Tuition $3,085
NISU Fees $130
Books $2,000
Learner Resource $163
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,653

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.

This program is tuition refund Category 1.

International Fees

per Year
Tuition $13,770
NISU Fees $130
Student Services Fees $918
Books $2,000
Learner Resource $163
Health and Dental $275
Total $17,256

Additional costs for International students include the $100 application fee (required).

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

For more information on tuition costs and refunds refer to International Tuition and Costs.

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.