University Arts and Sciences - Diploma in Criminology

This Program is offered at the following campus locations:

Dawson Creek, Fort St. John


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.

Certification: Diploma in Criminology
Program Contact: Lisa Verbisky
Dean: Steve Roe

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Admission Requirements:

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 from 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.

* A. Domestic students must have official transcripts demonstrating the following English Requirement: One of the following with a "B" grade or higher: Grade 12 English, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, English 050, or English 099. Alternatively, any university-level English course with a "C" grade or higher. Students who do not meet one of the above English requirements must complete the NLC Writing Assessment for appropriate course placement.

* B. International students must have documentation demonstrating the following English Requirement: An IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 or higher with no band less than 5.5. Students with a writing band of 6.0 or less are required to complete English 099 with a "B" grade or higher before or during the first semester of their program. The necessity for upgrading can extend the length of the program.

-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.

Program Length (Weeks):  60 weeks (or two years of full-time study)
Program Length (Hours):  900
Program Intake Start:  September, January, May
Program Intake Finish:  December, April, June
Available Seats:  35
Application Deadline:  As indicated in the College Calendar.

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.
  • 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.

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.

Additional Requirements and Supplies:  Access to a laptop is strongly recommended.
Eligibility for Canada Student Loans: Yes
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Required Minimum Grade:
A minimum of D must be obtained for all courses counting towards a diploma. See additional information.

Residency Requirements:  25%
Additional Information:

  • Students must also maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in each semester of study at Northern Lights College.
  • *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.

Important Notes

  1. 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.
  2. Diploma graduates are eligible for block transfer into the Bachelor of Justice Studies and Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University.


Year One:

Plus a second 100-Level English course (ENGL 105, ENGL 110, ENGL 111 OR ENGL 112)

Year Two:

Plus an additional 3 electives at the 100 or 200 Level, chosen from a variety of disciplines. *See Additional Information