What will I learn?


Langara College’s Criminal Justice Program prepares students for a variety of careers with public and private agencies in the field of criminal justice. The two-year program is designed for those seeking an entry-level job in the field. It is designed to be taken full-time but may be taken part-time.

The program blends university-transfer academic arts courses, skills-based courses and practical experience. There is a Fall (September) and Spring (January) intake. Courses are generally offered in the January and September terms although some Summer term courses are available. Students are able to choose two options in the Criminal Justice Program:

  • Diploma in Criminal Justice (2 years)
  • Diploma in Criminal Justice and then transfer into 3rd year of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program (4 years)

While in the program, all students are strongly encouraged to participate as volunteers with an organization delivering services in the field. Students are then exposed to the realities of the field and are able to apply their knowledge.

The Criminal Justice program is designed to meet the changing needs of the criminal justice system. The program has been established and organized in consultation with an advisory committee representing the RCMP, municipal police forces, Corrections Branch, provincial courts, industrial and retail security organizations and other potential employers.

Career Opportunities

Students learn about how the Canadian criminal justice system functions and the underlying theoretical concepts determining its operation. Students learn about Canada’s legal system and the rule of law. Students will examine historical and contemporary issues in policing, corrections and the expanding role of private security in Canada. Students will also learn about common research methods used in criminology and how multiculturalism and diversity impacts on the criminal justice system.

From a more practical perspective, students will find out what careers are available in the area of criminal justice, and how they can qualify for them.

Recent graduates have enjoyed a high employment rate. They are employed with:

  • the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
  • municipal police forces
  • industrial security departments
  • protection service agencies
  • Provincial Court Services and sheriffs
  • Federal Customs
  • victim services
  • Federal and Provincial Corrections

Please note that BBA Transfer Option suspended since Sep 2020. For additional information, please direct students to our International Student Coordinators.

Which department am I in?

Langara College

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$18,762.00 (US$ 14,831) per year
CAN $625.40 per credit
Start date

Expected January, September 2022


Langara College

100 West 49th Avenue,


British Columbia (BC),

V5Y 2Z6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful completion of a BC secondary program (Grade 12) or the equivalent; Be at least 19 years of age by the first day of the first semester of attendance; or Successful completion of an ABE (Adult Basic Education) or GED (General Educational Development) program. IELTS Academic: 6.5; TOEFL (IBT): Overall: 80; Writing: 20; Reading: 20; Listening: 18; Speaking: 18; CAEL: Overall: 60; Duolingo: 110.

For international students

Completion of BC Grade 12 or equivalent, or be 19 years of age or older.
Applicants will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • English Studies 12 or Literary Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 or equivalent with a 75% or higher;
  • LET (Langara English Test) level 3 or higher;
  • LPI (Language Proficiency Index) with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension;
  • Successful completion of a post-secondary English or communications course with a minimum "C-" grade for which Langara offers university-transfer credit; or ENGL 1120 at Langara College with a minimum "C" grade; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

English Language Proficiency:

  • Langara English Test (LET): 3
  • Langara English Course (S Grade): ENGL 1107 or ENGL 1110
  • International Baccalaureate: IB ENGL A (HL or SL): 3; IB ENGL LIT & PERFORM (SL): 3
  • Advanced Placement - AP ENGL LIT & COMP: 2; AP ENGL LANG & COMP: 2
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Level IV: EAP Level IV (LEAP 8)
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 (No Band Lower Than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (IBT) - Overall: 88; Writing: 20; Reading: 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20
  • CAEL - Overall: 70 (No Band Lower Than 60)
  • Duolingo - 110

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


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