University Arts and Sciences - Diploma in Criminology


Program Description:

A Diploma in Criminology will be awarded to students who complete the equivalent of two years of required first and second-year courses at Northern Lights College. The diploma is intended to prepare students for entry-level employment positions and for continued studies in academic and professional programs. Relevant areas of work and additional education include Corrections, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Forensic Studies, and Law Enforcement.

Career Prospects

By taking a planned combination of Northern Lights College courses, students may gain entry-level employment in or prepare for continued study in the following fields: lawyer, sheriff, police officer, correctional services, parole officer, probation officer, border services, aboriginal liaison officer, or detachment clerk.

Affiliations:Northern Lights College courses transfer individually to other colleges, universities, and institutes in British Columbia. Students will receive transfer credit for courses as noted in the BC Transfer Guide (see


Locations: Dawson Creek, Fort St. John

Length: 60 weeks (or two years of full-time study)

Start: September, January, May

Fees: Current Fee Schedule 

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Admission Prerequisites:

To apply to the University Arts and Sciences Program or to register for individual courses within the Program:
*Prospective learners need to complete a College “Application for Admission” form. Admission forms can be obtained in person from Northern Lights College (NLC) Student Services or downloaded in PDF format. A one-time application fee is required.
*Where available, secondary school and/or post-secondary transcripts should be provided to indicate that prerequisites for specific courses have been met.
*English is the language of instruction in all programs at NLC, thus it is imperative that NLC students meet minimum English Language Proficiency requirements.
*In University Arts and Sciences, it is understood that the minimum English Language Proficiency requirement is that required to graduate from a Canadian high school program conducted in English. This is defined in the English Language Requirement document.
*In addition, all Diploma students must have successfully completed one of the following Math courses: One of Principles of Mathematics 11, Pre-Calculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 12, Math 040, Math 108, or Management 111 or equivalent.
*Applicants who do not have secondary school and/or post-secondary transcripts that provide documentation of prerequisites should speak with a Northern Lights College Admissions Officer. In these situations, entry-level skills may be evaluated as required through the Writing Assessment, the College and Career Preparation Math Assessment, or other assessments.

  • Under the terms of an amended block-transfer agreement with Royal Roads University, Northern Lights College students who complete the Diploma will be eligible for block transfer into the third year of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Justice Studies at Royal Roads, provided all other entrance criteria are met and space remains available. NLC students should understand that entrance to all programs at Royal Roads University is on a competitive basis.
  • Northern Lights College does not have a block transfer agreement with Simon Fraser University's (SFU) School of Criminology. However, the NLC diploma has been designed to meet lower-division requirements for SFU's BA in Criminology. In this case, transfer credit is awarded on a course-by-course basis. Accordingly, NLC students who complete the diploma may also be eligible for admission into upper division course work in SFU's School of Criminology.

Note: NLC students are responsible for confirming admission requirements, application procedures, transfer credit, and graduation requirements at all receiving institutions. 

Important Notes

1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
2. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Guide

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The Criminology Diploma is comprised of the following 20 courses, ten of which will have been completed as part of the Criminology Certificate:

Plus one of:
ENGL105 Nonfictional Prose
ENGL110 Introduction to Workplace Communications
ENGL111 Poetry and Drama
ENGL112 Prose Fiction; etc.

Plus one of:
PHIL101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL110 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
PHIL 111 Contemporary Moral Issues

Plus an additional three electives* at the 100- or 200- Level, chosen from a variety of disciplines.

*Note that Northern Lights College students are encouraged to choose a Gender Studies course and a course that deals with Aboriginal peoples of Canada. Also note that Northern Lights College's CHEM 170 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry is relevant to the field of Criminology. Chemistry 170 articulates to SFU as unassigned 100-level Chemistry credits.