Justice Studies

Start your career in the Justice Field today

Red Deer College is pleased to announce the launch of our new, two year diploma in Justice Studies!

The Justice Studies program enables you to gain an understanding of the elements of the justice system in Canada, how those elements relate to each other, and how the system works at the local, provincial/territorial, and federal levels. This will help you to better understand the complex origins of crime and criminal behaviour; how to work with other professionals to improve community safety; and how to apply skills in mediation and conflict resolution. You will also learn about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the connected contemporary issues within the justice system.

RDC’s two year Justice Studies diploma is a unique credential in the field of justice within central Alberta. You will benefit from interactive classes led by dedicated and knowledgeable instructors with years of experience in many aspects of the justice sector.

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Comprehensive Training for Your Career

During the two year Justice Studies diploma, you will study topics related to Criminology, the Canadian Justice System, Indigenous Peoples in Canada, Canadian Criminal Law, Corrections, Conflict Resolution, and Gender amongst many other subjects.  

You will apply your knowledge through a practicum, which is a hands-on, practical experience allowing you to expand on concepts from your courses, while also providing valuable connections and experience for your future. A professional seminar each term will help you to better understand the breadth of the field of justice studies.

The two year Justice Studies diploma will prepare you for careers in many fields, including:

  • Policing (e.g. RCMP, Municipal Police)
  • Probation Officer
  • Youth Justice
  • Crime Prevention
  • Border Services
  • Corrections
  • Fish and Wildlife Officer
  • Investigations
  • Legal Services
  • Court Clerk
  • Railway/Transit Police
  • Criminal Analyst
  • Bylaw Officer
  • Community Peace Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Victims Services Advocate
  • Security

With a Justice Studies diploma, you may choose to transfer to another post-secondary institution to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies or a related discipline. If you graduate from the Justice Studies Diploma with a minimum GPA average of 3.0, you will be eligible to transfer into the third year of Royal Roads University's Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies.