Bachelor of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice (2016-2017)

How to Apply

Program Code



Program Length

Eight semesters, beginning in September


Contact Information

Joanna Amirault, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3231


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $7,570.84
– international $14,800.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

The cost of textbooks and supplies is approximately $300 – $500 per semester.


Start DatesAvailability
2016 SeptemberWaitlisted

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
– Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
– Five Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
– Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent
• Mature student status
• College or university transfer status

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Additional Requirements

• Valid Standard First Aid with CPR-C and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) prior to commencing work placement.
• Some work placement agencies have standards for minimum hearing and vision. Employers that provide work term opportunities may require students to undergo a police record check for criminal offences. Mandatory bonding is a requirement for some sectors of the criminal justice field. It is important for potential students to understand that the requirements noted above are beyond the control of Humber College and may prevent students from completing the full program, including the work term portion, and/or securing employment. Applicants are advised to check the requirements for specific positions in which they are interested before enrolling in this program.

Note: A police record check will be requested during your program of study. In respect of the 90-day limit on validity of record checks and the types of checks required by various agencies, please do not attain a police record check prior to being accepted to the program. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.


Our Program

Humber’s Criminal Justice degree program provides you with a broad-based understanding of the criminal justice system, why crime occurs and how best to respond to crime on both a societal and individual level. The curriculum combines both theory and applied skills, providing you with the breadth of knowledge and experience you need to meet the demands of a position in this field. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the perspectives of offenders, front-line professionals, administrators, the community and others who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Your studies allow you to develop knowledge and skills critical to a variety of fast-paced, ever-changing settings within the criminal justice system.

Introductory courses provide a fundamental understanding of key concepts and theoretical approaches developed in relation to crime, victimization, criminalization, criminal justice and penal practice. Subsequent criminal justice course content includes more in-depth study of:
– the nature and causes of crime
– processes for managing crime
– deviance and victimization
– community safety
– rehabilitation
– recidivism
– progressive reforms
– restorative justice
– alternatives to incarceration.

Humber’s multidisciplinary teaching approach emphasizes critical thinking, as well as analytical, organizational, research and writing skills. These are combined with the development of professional skills including communication, interpersonal skills, conflict management, problem solving, team building and leadership.

List of Courses

Work Term

Semester 6

Select 1 from the following courses

Work Term

How to Apply

Your Career

• Allows you to help contribute towards creating safe and healthy communities.
• Finds you in a variety of roles such as:
– police officer
– sheriff
– court officer
– provincial probation and parole officer
– federal parole officer
– provincial or federal adult correctional officer
– provincial youth service officer
– open custody youth worker
– community crime prevention worker
– victim services worker
– insurance fraud investigator
– transportation enforcement officer
– finance inspectors (tobacco)
– policy work.

• Finds you in a variety of settings such as:
– institutional or community corrections
– police services
– government agencies
– non-government organizations.

• Makes you eligible to pursue graduate studies in criminal justice education or related disciplines.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

This degree is endorsed by the Canadian Criminal Justice Association, the Ontario Community Justice Association and the International Corrections and Prisons Association.

Our Industry Partnerships

Humber’s School of Social & Community Services enjoys an excellent reputation within the criminal justice community. Our advisory committee, comprised of professionals with diverse and extensive experience in the field, guides the development of this program.

Our Faculty

You’ll learn from expert professors who bring both advanced degrees and a wealth of experience from the field to the classroom.

For information regarding faculty credentials for this program, visit Faculty Credentials.

Work Placement

Use and sharpen new skills while gaining crucial on-the-job work experience during two mandatory eight-week work terms that take place after semesters four and six. The placements, which are unpaid, are arranged with the assistance of a Humber placement advisor.

Your Future Study Options

Humber has a partnership agreement with Niagara University. The university is accepting our graduates into a Master of Criminal Justice Administration program with some admission criteria exemptions and advanced standing.The master’s degree is flexible and available as either a full- or part-time program. Several of our program’s graduates have successfully completed the master’s degree. For more information, visit

Alternative Course of Study

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Arts – Criminal Justice degree program should consider applying for Humber’s Police Foundations diploma program 11071 or Humber’s Community and Justice Services diploma program 11171.

Graduates of Police Foundations with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 75 per cent or more may be considered for admission to the four-year Bachelor of Applied Arts – Criminal Justice degree program and may complete the degree with the equivalent of six semesters of full-time study plus two eight-week work terms. Graduates must also possess ENG4U, Humber’s COMM 200/WRIT 100 or COMM 300/WRIT 200 with a grade of 70 per cent or more.

Graduates of Community and Justice Services (CJS) with an overall GPA of 75 per cent or more may be considered for admission to the four-year Bachelor of Applied Arts – Criminal Justice degree program and may complete the degree with the equivalent of five semesters of full-time study plus two eight-week work terms. Graduates of a CJS program (that includes a work placement) may apply to be exempt from one of the two eight-week work terms. Graduates must also possess ENG4U, Humber’s COMM 200/WRIT 100 or COMM 300/WRIT 200 with a grade of 70 per cent or more.

Mature students (applicants 21 years of age or over) and/or transfer students (applicants with postsecondary education) should refer to the Mature Student Status and the College or University Transfer for admission criteria.

Humber also offers the Protection, Security and Investigation diploma program 24201, and the Protection, Security and Investigation: Crime Scene Investigation program 2420A.

End Notes

Humber was first granted Ministerial Consent to offer this program on September 8, 2008 for a seven-year term. All degrees offered by Ontario colleges are reviewed by a provincial quality assurance agency on a cyclical basis which results in consent renewals. As a result of the most recent review, Humber has been granted a consent renewal by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to continue to offer this degree for a five-year term starting September 16, 2015. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, Humber will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Humber shall ensure that all students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

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