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Learn about how the criminal justice system operates and explore the key players and institutions. Examine how people are affected by the justice system and other institutions of regulation.

Are you looking to get into criminal justice-related fields?

The degree-credit courses in this certificate will help you understand balancing the interests of victims, offenders, the public, and politicians, along with concerns about human rights and social justice.

Learn from our instructors, many of whom are faculty members in Toronto Metropolitan University’s Department of Criminology with professional and academic backgrounds in fields including, law, social anthropology, criminology, and sociology.

Industry and Careers
This certificate can lead to career paths in the following areas:

  • Non-profit organizations assisting justice-involved people with life skills and community involvement
  • Organizations involved in the capacity of safety administration, operations compliance, or those that assist with anti-fraud measures
  • Police or security services
  • Young offenders in the community or in an institutional setting
  • Women in conflict with the law
  • Victims of crime

Who Should Take This Certificate?

You may be interested in this program if you already work in the public or private sector and want to enter, change, or advance your career in fields related to criminal justice.

Successful completion of these courses may count towards a BA in the event of admission to Toronto Metropolitan University’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminology program.

What Will You Learn?

Learn to think critically about issues in criminology.

Our wide range of courses will help you explore topics related to:

  • the operation of the criminal justice system
  • the professionals who work within the system
  • the various stakeholders involved in the system

Gain interdisciplinary knowledge and critical thinking skills with respect to social and criminal justice, including:

  • public and private security
  • policing
  • the administration of criminal justice
  • corrections
  • community engagement

Prepare for work in criminal justice–related fields or gain the experience to apply for a degree program.

Certificate Requirements

  • 2 required course
  • 3 electives from Group A
  • 1 elective from Group B 
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits


  • Mature student status with relevant work experience including policing, corrections, courts, social service agencies, security management services, or regulatory enforcement agencies

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