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Justice Studies

Red Deer Polytechnic

Red Deer Polytechnic
In this program, you will 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. You will learn 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 to communicate effectively in stressful situations. You will also learn about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the connected contemporary issues within the justice system. Completing this diploma program will allow you to connect with working professionals in the justice system and to experience what it means to work in the field through a practicum placement. Understanding the roles and requirements for a number of justice-related professions will prepare you for entry level positions in the justice field or degree completion in a Justice Studies or related undergraduate program. Our program offers: - Dynamic learning activities - Blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills - Dedicated instructors who will help you succeed - Practicum placement that will give you experience in the justice field

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Red Deer Polytechnic
100 College Boulevard
Box 5005
Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 5H5, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

The Justice Studies program recognizes the need to facilitate access to post-secondary education for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners. To facilitate greater participation of Indigenous learners, the Justice Studies program has designated 10% of seats for qualified applicants who are Status Indian/First Nations, Non-status Indian/First Nations, Metis, or Inuit. After June 1 of each year, any such designated seats which have not been taken by Indigenous learners meeting admission requirements, and applying under this provision, will be released to qualified applicants on the waitlist.

Indigenous applicants must meet the admission requirements for the program as outlined in the Academic Calendar, and qualify for a designated seat by:

  • Self-identifying as an Indigenous applicant on the Application for Admission
  • Providing proof of Indigenous ancestry

Proof of Indigenous ancestry (one of the following):

  • Certified copy of a Status or Treaty card, Metis membership card, Nunavut Trust Certificate card, roll number or any other proof accepted by Inuit communities
  • Proof that an ancestor's name has been entered in: the Indian Register according to the Indian Act, band list of an individual band, or the Inuit roll
  • Written confirmation of Indigenous ancestry from Indigenous and Northern Indigenous Canada
  • Statutory Declaration by an applicant attesting to Indigenous ancestry with supporting documentation

Other forms of proof may also be considered at the discretion of the Registrar.


Admission Requirements: 

Academic requirements:
ELA 30-1 or equivalent with a minimum 60%
One other course from Group A or equivalent with a minimum 60%

Note: Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.

Note: Indigenous applicants to the Justice Studies program, go to Program Admission Features above for more information.

Non-academic requirements:
Completion of a pre-admission introduction module to Justice Studies

Note: Some employers, including the RCMP, require a High School Diploma.

Other Requirements: 

Practicum Experience requirements:
Applicants must provide, at their own expense, a Police Information Check and Vulnerable Sector Check to many agencies for practicum experience. Adverse information on such checks may limit practicum placement and prevent program completion. It is the decision of each agency or institution whether or not to accept a student for placement based on the results of such checks.

Some placements may require additional documentation, such as a medical examination, or RCMP Field Investigation and Security Clearance. It is important to learn about these requirements early in the program to ensure sufficient time for receipt of the documentation prior to the fourth term practicum.

Graduation Requirements: 

Students must pass all courses and achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $6,091.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $2,009.50 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,800.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated September 12, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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