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Justice Studies Diploma - Frequently Asked Questions

Program Overview

Q: How long is the Justice Studies Diploma program? The program is 4 semesters long (16 months total with a 4-month summer break)

Q: What is the schedule like? The program is offered full-time, in-class at the Calgary downtown campus. Classes normally take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Q: How is the program structured? The Justice Studies Diploma program allows you to specialize in Youth Justice, Law Enforcement, Correctional Studies, Aboriginal Focus , or General Justice. All Justice Studies students take the same set of courses in Year 1 and take courses specific to their specialization in Year 2.

Q: Can I change my mind about the specialization I wish to take after I begin the program? Each specialization has a certain number of spaces available. Switching into another specialization depends on available space and will require Program Coordinator approval.

Q: What options do I have if there is a waitlist for my preferred Justice Studies program specialization?  During the first year of studies, all Justice Studies students take the same courses. While the second year courses appear to be specific to the particular program they are assigned to, the reality is that completion of any courses within any of the Justice Studies programs will prepare students for employment within any justice career. For example, students completing either the Correctional Studies , Youth Justice, Aboriginal Focus, or General Justice  diploma program will be just as competitive as a Law Enforcement graduate for a future policing career.


Q: I am a mature student. Do I still need my High School Diploma? You must meet the admission requirements exactly as they are written. If you do not have both the High School Diploma and the English requirement, then you must meet the GED or Admissions Testing requirements. 

Q: I have a criminal background, but I would really like a career in the field of justice. What should I do? Future career and volunteer opportunities within justice will be negatively impacted for individuals who have any criminal convictions for which they have not yet received a pardon or record suspension, or, have any criminal charges that remain pending or awaiting disposition from the courts.  It is unlikely that Justice Studies graduates who have a criminal history will have any advantage when competing for employment. ***IMPORTANT NOTE*** During the program, students will be visiting various facilities (such as correctional facilities). It is important to note that student attendance and participation during these visits are considered when determining overall grades. Some of these agencies and organizations will deny access to anyone who has either been criminally charged, or, has a criminal record

Applicants with further questions are encouraged to contact the Justice Studies Program Coordinator at 403-410-1433. 

Other Application and Admissions Questions

For information on general application and admissions processes, visit the General FAQ page or contact the Student Advising Centre (formerly the Prospective Student Centre)) at 403-410-1402.