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.



Students planning to transfer to SFU should choose courses that receive direct, course-equivalent transfer credit.

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


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.