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School of Criminal Justice

​Constable Zach Dagg, North Bay Police Service, Criminal Justice Graduate
High Profile Speakers
Former O.P.P. Commisioner Chris Lewis talks with Criminal Justice students
​​With a degree in Criminal Justice from Nipissing University, you’ll build your knowledge with a balanced combination of theory and practice.
Criminal Justice Honour Society
Alpha Phi Sigma - Mu Kappa Induction - New Inductees, January 27th 2014
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​Welcome to the Criminal Justice program at Nipissing

At Nipissing you have the option to focus on one of our four streams: Policing, Corrections, Criminology or Criminal Justice Studies. Our flexible program is designed to give you a balanced combination of theory and practice. Through field placements, projects, and research, you will have opportunities to work alongside real criminal justice professionals.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminology and Criminal Justice

​All students complete a common core of courses in criminology, law, and research methods but can take electives from any stream.

Policing Stream

As a student in the Policing stream, you will examine the criminal code, the young offenders system, and learn the skills and techniques you need for a successful career in policing. You will complete courses at both Nipissing University and Canadore College, and graduate with a college diploma and a university degree in just four years! Ethical reasoning and community policing are also key concepts in this stream.

Criminology Stream

In the Criminology stream, you will learn how to understand essential theories and methodologies used in the Criminology field. This stream gives you essential skills in communication, statistics, and analysis. We regularly offer courses in special topics like Women and the Criminal Justice System, and Youth in Conflict with the Law.

Corrections Stream

If you choose to pursue the Corrections stream, you will earn a college diploma from Canadore College and a university degree from Nipissing University in just four years. At Canadore College you will study psychology, community re-integration, programming, and interviewing, and you will also complete a field placement. As a Corrections stream student, you will gain skills and knowledge in areas like administration, group dynamics, and counselling.

Criminal Justice Studies Stream

In the Criminal Justice Studies stream, you will take a wide variety of courses that will give you broad knowledge of the Criminal Justice system. You will also take courses in Sociology and Psychology, and you will learn how they relate to the field of Criminal Justice.

Graduates from Law Clerk program from an Ontario Community College are eigible for admission to the Legal Studies and Administration Stream.

Our flexible placement program provides practical experience within the profession, including placements with jails, police services, victim services, and more.

Research Assistant opportunities with professors and the fourth-year thesis course are available and offer you even more opportunities to deepen your knowledge and its practical applications by allowing you to conduct in-depth research on issues in the Criminal Justice field.

Alpha Phi Sigma

In March 2011, Nipissing’s Criminal Justice program had the honour of becoming the first Canadian Chapter of the American National Criminal Justice Honor Society (ANCJHS), which recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate students of Criminal Justice, as well as Juris Doctorate students. The goals are to honour and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership, and unity. In the United States, there are now over 360 chapters. Nipissing’s chapter, Mu Kappa, strives to promote the goals of the ANCJHS through community service in conjunction with local Criminal Justice agencies. Nipissing students who have completed three Criminal Justice courses with an average over 75% will be invited to join Mu Kappa.

The Criminal Justice Student Association

The Criminal Justice Student Association is student run organization that provides Nipissing University Criminal Justice students with a forum for the discussion of criminal justice issues, as well as opportunities to learn about careers available to them upon graduation, within the CJ system and beyond. The CJSA also helps to foster collegiality among criminal justice students in order to enhance their student experience within the classroom, as well as their overall social experience while attending Nipissing University. To connect and learn more about what is going on with the CJSA, Like us on Facebook!

Canadian Correctional System Overview​

Graduate School Application Process

A guide for students considering a Criminology/Legal Studies Master's degree or a Law degree.

Graduate Programs Relevant to Criminal Justice and Law Schools in Canada

A list of schools offering graduate prgrams.

Academic Support Services

Our goal is to support your academic and personal development. Look for assistance with accessibility services, learning style assessments, writing skills, writing formats, study strategies, time management, note-taking skills, academic resources, group seminars, peer support, career development activities, and more. Learn More...

Financial Support Services

Achieve your goals on time and on budget. We’ll help you fund your education through scholarships, awards, bursaries, government assistance, and work study programs. Learn More...

Scholarships, awards and bursaries for students in the Criminal Justice program.

Internationalize your Degree

If you want to experience a year or a semester at one of our partner schools across the globe, we have support services and programs to help you get there. If you want to assist International students with adjusting to life in Canada, we’ll connect you. Check out your options...

Personal Counselling Services

Our registered counsellors offer free, year-round personal counselling services, specialized therapeutic groups, referral services and a host of wellness, educational and awareness events to all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Learn More...

Record of Student Development

Involvement and experiential learning lead to more personal and academic success by connecting classroom learning to real world experience. Volunteer on your campus and within the community and be officially recognized for all that you do. The Record of Student Development (RSD) documents that you have completed a series of involvement outcomes that all employers are looking for. Achieving all the competencies associated with the RSD will help you communicate the depth of your experiences as you apply to career opportunities.

Employers are looking for people with the following proven abilities:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-Solving skills
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Teamwork

To register and see the full list of RSD competencies visit

Student Union

Students attending Nipissing University in North Bay and long distance students are members of the Nipissing University Student Union. Our organization strives to represent students democratically, provide a communication framework, and lobby for legislative change on issues that affect students.


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 Full-time Faculty

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Dr. Ron Hoffman
Dr. Paul Millar

 Part-time Faculty


As a Nipissing University Criminal Justice Student, I was able to draw experiences from in the classroom, in the field conducting research, and even in a guest speaker series with a professor in Merida, Mexico. The program provided me with so many unique opportunities that I wouldn't have been able to experience at another institution. Now having almost completed my Masters degree from the University of Ottawa, I can say with certainty that I would not have been able to accomplish everything I have without the education, experience and most importantly the faculty and their non-stop support during the four years I was there.

Lindsey Pecaric has completed her M.A. in Criminology (Applied), and is working full-time for the Aboriginal Policing Directorate at Public Safety Canada, in Ottawa

Conversations in the law school lounge made me realize just how unique my undergraduate experience was. Now setting foot in the court room as an articling student, I have also realized how prepared Nipissing has made me for my career as a lawyer. Having learned from professors who had also spent part of their careers in the court room meant that I had gained practical insight into the everyday workings of the court system. While articling for the Ministry of the Attorney General - Criminal Law Division, the knowledge I gained in my undergrad has definitely made the overwhelming transition a smoother one. The diversity of criminal justice courses I was able to take at Nipissing is now playing a very important role as I use that knowledge on a daily basis. I am so grateful to each of my Nipissing criminal justice professors for their knowledge and help over the years, and would recommend this amazing experience and opportunity to any student interested in criminal justice!

Tara Schuck recently graduated from Queen's Law, and is currently articling in the Crown's office in Kenora, Ontario. Tara scored in the 89th percentile on the LSAT exam.

I was introduced to my current field through the student placement component. I found the education that I received from Nipissing to be an excellent means of preparation, and it provided me with the tools I needed to build a career in the Criminal Justice System.

Rosie Mayoh Project Analyst with the Ministry of Public Safety and Security (Correctional Services Division) in Toronto.

Because of our focus on blending theory with practice, and all the opportunities our students have to gain practical experience in the field, our graduates find employment very easily after graduation. Many have gone on to work with the Ministry of Correctional Services, the Ontario Provincial Police, RCMP the Canadian Antifraud Centre in various capacities. Some have become research and business analysts, correctional officers, police officers, or court liaison officers. Still others continue their education with law school, or graduate studies at the Master and Doctorate levels.

Career and Academic Options

  • Graduate Studies
  • Professional School (Education, Law, MBA)
  • Employment as a police officer, crime analyst, research and policy analyst, correctional officer or probation/parole officer
  • Careers with the RCMP, OPP, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Correctional Service of Canada, Canada’s armed forces, regional, municipal, military and First Nation community police services
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