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Certificate in
Criminal Justice and Criminology

The Certificate in Criminal Justice and Criminology will provide interdisciplinary knowledge and critical thinking skills with respect to social and criminal justice, including public and private security, policing, the administration of criminal justice, and corrections and community engagement. This program is relevant to administrators and managers in a wide variety of public and private sectors who are seeking career entry, career portability, and career advancement in fields related to criminal justice.

Academic Coordinator: Dr. Alexandra Orlova, aorlova@ryerson.ca

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or mature student status with relevant work experience, including policing, corrections, courts, social service agencies, security management services, or regulatory enforcement agencies.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six single-term courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CCRM 100   Criminal Justice and Criminology:  Introduction to Canadian Criminal Justice
CCRM 102   Criminal Justice and Criminology:  Introduction to Criminology


Generalist Stream (select three)

CCRM 200   Criminal Justice and Criminology:  Criminal Law
CCRM 202   Criminal Justice and Criminology:  Victims and the Criminal Process
CCRM 300   Criminal Justice and Criminology:  Policing in Canada
CCRM 304   Criminal Justice and Criminology:  Youth Justice in Canada
CCRM 306   Criminal Justice and Criminology:  Corrections in Canada
CCRM 308   Criminal Justice and Criminology:  Criminal Courts in Canada
CCRM 402   Criminal Justice and Criminology:  Criminal Justice and Social Inequality


Electives (select one)

CGEO 581   Geography:  GIS, Geographic Data and Mapping
CPHL 449   Philosophy:  Philosophy of Punishment
CPHL 612   Philosophy:  Philosophy of Law
CPSY 300   Psychology:  Psychology and Law
CPSY 602   Psychology:  Developmental Psychopathology
CSOC 500   Sociology:  Youth and Society
CSOC 502   Sociology:  Violence and the Family


Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CPHL 612   Philosophy:  Philosophy of Law
CPSY 300   Psychology:  Psychology and Law
CSOC 502   Sociology:  Violence and the Family