What will I learn?

As with many people around the world, we are witnessing the events unfolding in the United States following the murder of George Floyd by a member of the Minneapolis police department. Unfortunately, we have observed this behavior for years: growing and spreading throughout the United States resulting in many radicalized victims of police violence. We have also seen similar experiences in Canada where Black, Indigenous, and radicalized people have lost their lives at the hands of police violence and from failures of the criminal justice system including that we are still waiting for justice in the hundreds of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

The Criminal Justice Degree Program at Mount Royal University is made up of a diverse group of individuals with many backgrounds and disciplines. We are appalled by all forms of radicalized violence, but consider those acts committed by law enforcement or those employed in the criminal justice system, to be particularly heinous because those are the people meant to protect all citizens in society. We, therefore, have a higher expectation for those employed in fields such as policing.

Additionally, we understand the causes and consequences of systemic forms of racism which are a direct result of generations of colonialism, segregation, and other intersecting inequalities. We also understand the responsive resistance.

Some see justice from the trenches; others view it from the benches. With Mount Royal University's one-of-a-kind criminal justice program, you'll learn to appreciate it from both perspectives.

Unique in Alberta, the Bachelor of Arts — Criminal Justice will prepare you for a career in fields such as social justice, criminology, law, police services and more.

The curriculum for the degree will educate you in six-program areas including:

Foundations in Criminal Justice — you will acquire basic substantive knowledge about the study of criminology and the practices of the Canadian Criminal Justice System;

Human Relations — to become an effective justice practitioner, you will refine your human relations skills so you can accurately convey and solicit information, as well as resolve crises and conflict;

Human Justice — justice practitioners must have respect for diversity and recognize the central role that human rights plays within the development and enforcement of criminal law. You will learn that ethical practice is the cornerstone of justice;

Criminological Literacy — you will delve into the social science of criminology and become conversant with the criminological enterprise (theories and methods);

Experiential Learning — learning through experience or hands-on learning is a methodology deeply ingrained in the Justice Studies program;

General Education — to round out your knowledge general education classes are offered to students in all degree programs.

Career Opportunities:

  • Police officer
  • Crime analyst
  • Corrections service officer

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$24,005.00 (14,10,400) per year
Tuition/fees (based on 10 courses): CAN $23,110 - CAN $24,900

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

8 April 2022

Start date

8 September 2022

Venue

Mount Royal University

4825 Mount Royal Gate SW,

CALGARY,

Alberta (AB),

T3E 6K6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High School Applicant: must present a minimum admission average of 65%, calculated on the five appropriate Grade 12 courses. Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work requires the following specific high school courses (or equivalents). Applicants in all admission categories must present: English Language Arts 30-1 - minimum grade 65% Social Studies 30-1 or Aboriginal Studies 30 - minimum grade 60% TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 86 (min. 20 in each of four sections) IELTS (International English Language Test — Academic): 6.5 (min. 5.5 on each band)

For international students

High School Applicant: must present a minimum admission average of 65%, calculated on the five appropriate Grade 12 courses. Must also present the required courses and minimum grades listed below:

Applicants in all admission categories must present:

  • English Language Arts 30 - 1 — minimum grade 60%
  • Mathematics 30 - 1 or 30 - 2 — minimum grade 50%

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 86 (min. 20 in each of four sections)

IELTS (International English Language Test — Academic): 6.5 (min. 5.5 on each band)

CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): 70 (min. 60 in each band)

MET (Michigan English Test) (formerly Michigan English Language Assessment Battery MELAB): 59 (min. 53 in all four skills)

PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic): 58 (min. 55 in each area)

CAE (Cambridge English: Assessment): C1 or C2 Certificate Awarded (Pass at Grade C with min. 180 overall)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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