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The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies takes your career in the justice system full circle. The first two years of this four-year degree program are completed by taking either the Correctional Studies, Criminal Justice – Policing, or Child and Youth Care diploma or through an accepted transfer program.

Building on the fundamentals of the justice field, the program hones your critical thinking and research skills with a curriculum that meets or surpasses entry-level requirements for management and supervisory positions in municipal, provincial and federal jurisdictions.

After completion of your diploma, you’ll take an additional two years to earn your Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies. In year three, your focus will be on current and emerging issues in justice. And for your final year, you’ll gain valuable first-hand experience of the career opportunities that await during a directed field study at a justice agency of your choice. When you’re finished, you’ll be more than prepared to make a difference in your justice career – you will be the difference.

Designed for individuals at any stage in their justice careers, all courses can be taken online or on campus, part-time or full-time to fit your busy schedule. And you can choose to complete your directed field study at your current justice organization or we can help you find a suitable placement. Making the most out of your challenging yet rewarding career has never been so convenient.

Take your law enforcement career higher in the Justice Studies – Bachelor of Applied Arts. Apply today!

Career opportunities

When you graduate, you’ll have the academic and practical background to work in a variety of advanced positions, including:

  • Case Workers in provincial and federal justice organizations
  • Criminal, Intelligence, and Criminal Analysis
  • Parole Officers
  • Probation Officers
  • Supervisors/Managers in justice organizations
Starts In: September and January (on campus and online), May (online only)
Application Deadlines:

For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.

Duration: 2 Years (post-diploma: Correctional Studies or Criminal Justice - Policing)
Credential: Bachelor of Applied Arts

Post-Graduate Pathways

Graduates of the BAAJS program may be eligible for acceptance into a variety of master’s degree programs. See an academic advisor for more information.

Delivery Format
Blended (classroom and online)
Learning Environment

Years 1 and 2 (See the Correctional Studies diploma or Criminal Justice  Policing diploma.)

A maximum of 6 unspecified credits at the third year (3000) level may be used.

All courses in the first three years of the BAAJS are available through online learning. Directed Field Studies placement (fourth Year) may be completed in any location, but all course work is online.

Note: Employing agencies may have additional requirements for employment, such as a valid driver’s licence, Standard First Aid and CPR. Students are encouraged to maintain their credentials in these areas so that they are current at time of graduation.

Year 3 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 6.00 credits in Approved Electives (Please see elective lists A and B).

Year 3 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 6.00 credits in Approved Electives (Please see elective lists A and B).

List A - Electives (Populations)
Course Code Course Name Credits

Select two of the above courses.

List B - Electives (Operational Systems)
Course Code Course Name Credits

Select two of the above courses.

Year 4 (Core Courses)
Course Code Course Name Credits

(Directed Field Study)

Note: All 4000 level courses are field study courses with academic components. Before enrolling in any of the following DFS courses, students are required to successfully complete JUS-3388 (Orientation to DFS).

DFS placement is not required for the following courses:

  • JUS-4455 Comparitive Justice Systems
Year 4 (Elective Courses)

Choose five of the above courses.

DFS placement is not required for the following courses:

  • JUS-4450 Directed Topics in Criminal Justice
  • JUS-4465 Diversity Seminar

DFS placement is recommended, but not required for the following courses:

  • JUS-4464 Applied Research 1
  • JUS-4468 Applied Research 2


New third-year students, or transfer students with advance standing through completion of a related diploma, are accepted into the program in Fall (September) and Winter (January) terms for on-campus and online study. Online learners can also apply for the Summer (May) term.

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.

Academic requirements

Students who have completed a Correctional Studies Diploma or Criminal Justice Policing diploma from Lethbridge College, or equivalent will be accepted directly into the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies. Applicants with a related diploma/degree in a human service or justice related field such as child and youth care, law enforcement, addictions counselling, social work, criminology, or psychiatric nursing will also be admitted, and may be required to complete bridging courses in order to meet degree requirements.

Applicants with a diploma/degree require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to be accepted directly into the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies.

Applicants with post-secondary credentials and significant related work experience may apply to have their knowledge and skills assessed for transfer credit or prior learning credit in the Correctional Studies diploma, the Criminal Justice Policing diploma, and the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies.

Transfer students entering the program who receive advance credit must meet Lethbridge College’s minimum residency requirements. This means that students may not receive advance credit for work completed at other institutions in excess of 75 per cent of the total credits required for graduation from Lethbridge College.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Pre-Placement Requirements

This program has a required Work-Integrated Learning Pre-Placement Requirements (WIL) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the WIL.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the WIL setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) coverage - WIL placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student.  Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage.  In certain instances for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a WIL placement outside of Alberta).  These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

Students with disabilities who may require accommodations must schedule an appointment with Accessibility Services at Lethbridge College preferably upon acceptance to the program and no later than the Add/Drop deadline to identify potential impacts of their disabilities in the WIL setting. As part of this process, it may be necessary to collaborate with WIL supervisors to determine appropriate accommodations that do not compromise the health and safety of clients, essential placement requirements, or mandatory licensing processes. Failure to consult with Accessibility Services in a timely fashion may compromise the student's WIL placement and opportunities for success in the WIL setting.

In order to participate in a WIL, a student may be required to complete a Police Information Check or other type of Security Clearance to the satisfaction of Lethbridge College and the WIL organization. Completion of a WIL does not guarantee employment with a WIL organization. Many disciplines are provincially or otherwise regulated (e.g. health professions under Alberta's Health Professions Act); such regulation is beyond Lethbridge College's control. Completion of a WIL and graduation from a certain program do not guarantee one's licensure or admission into a regulatory body. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with a representative of the relevant regulatory body if they have concerns.

WIL sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. WIL’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.



Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies degree.

Note: Employing agencies may have additional requirements for employment, such as a valid driver’s licence, Standard First Aid and CPR. Students are encouraged to maintain their credentials in these areas so that they are current at time of graduation.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 3 $4,988.00 $987.00 $1,500.00
Year 4 $4,950.00 $953.00 $300.00

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  • Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
  • Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
  • Tuition for international students is $14,936 for Year 1 and $14,445 for Year 2. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.

A long history of success

We work closely with law enforcement agencies to ensure our grads are always able to meet the needs of the industry.

In one way or another, versions of the programs in the School of Justice Studies have been around for 50 years. During that time, we’ve worked closely with industry, adjusting and refining our programs to ensure our grads are always able to meet the needs of the industry. And we continue to adapt and respond to new developments today, providing an education that delivers success. Our grads can be found across Canada and the United States, finding their slice of success as deputy police chiefs, community youth workers and so much more.

Hands-on, immersive learning

Order in the classroom
Order in the classroom

Simulated spaces on campus prepare you for the tough moments on the job.

Order in the classroom

Despite what movies and TV shows might lead you to believe, a career in justice isn’t all about action. You need to understand the challenging moments of the job: what it’s like to handle evidence, how best to recount your interviews and investigation for a judge, and what it’s like to notify next of kin. Our program teaches all that and more with simulated settings on campus that prepare you for the environments and the scenarios you’ll encounter on the job.

The courtroom

At the end of a winding walk through the Andrews’ wing, there’s a room on campus that most are surprised to find. On one side, it’s a traditional classroom with desks and whiteboards. On the other side? A realistic courtroom complete with wood-paneled walls, a well-worn Bible, leather-lined tables and podiums for the prosecutor and defense. All these furnishings were donated by a Calgary courthouse, providing students with an authentic courtroom.

Here, you’ll be able to experience the roles of lawyer, accused, witness and police officer while an instructor sits as judge. You’ll feel the stress and tension of the courtroom and you’ll get a sense of what real-world justice is really like.

The crisis lab

On the west end of campus, tucked away among the classrooms of the Andrews building and the Technologies and Trades buildings, you’ll find another simulated space. A small apartment furnished with couches, chairs and a TV might be the scene of a drug bust or domestic violence call.

Here, you’ll face professional actors who set the stage for scenarios you’ll deal with on the job. It’s as close to a real-life experience as you can get. And it will feel real, but it’s all part of the training experience.

Video games in college?
Video games in college?

That's right! You’ll learn to make scenario-based decisions with video game-like technology.

Video games in college?

Using video game-like technology, judgment simulators improve your judgment, decision making, communication and observation skills using real-world, real-time scenarios. We’re one of the only post-secondary institutions in western Canada with this type of simulator technology.

The two simulators allow you to experience and respond to nearly 700 different scenarios that range from verbal compliance situations to lethal action outcomes, depending on your program. You could be dealing with an emotionally disturbed individual, a routine traffic stop that reveals a potential poacher, or a highly agitated youth threatening self-harm. The technology is dynamic enough that our instructors can build their own scenarios to meet the individual needs of their courses.

These real-life training scenarios emphasize the importance of improving your knowledge and skills for your chosen career path, giving you immediate feedback that allows you to acknowledge which skills may need a little extra attention. And spending time practicing real-world simulations gives you the tools and knowledge you’ll need to respond to everyday situations that arise once you’re on the job.

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Karen Kultgen

“I first started working at Prince Albert Youth Residence (a centre for sentenced and remanded youth), and I then started working in the community in April 2016 as a community youth worker. Since graduating from Lethbridge College, I have worked at a youth facility for both sentenced and remanded youth. After I was able to gain a job in the community as a probation officer/community youth worker. Here I work with both adult and youth clients.”

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Rebecca Csakany

Rebecca accepted a position with the Government of Alberta after graduation and currently works as an Alberta Supports coordinator opening up a new rural Alberta Supports office in her home town of Rocky Mountain House. She says this is a vital new resource to the community, because it provides streamlined access to a variety of government programs and supports for those located in more rural and remote areas of Alberta.

– From Winter 2017 Wider Horizons

Jeff Rowden

Jeff was promoted from inspector to Deputy Chief of the Prince Albert Police department at the end of September. Jeff recommends both the criminal justice program and the bachelor of applied arts program to potential students: “The flexibility of the program was integral in my ability to successfully complete it. The ability to work at my own pace and the option to attend courses offered via Spring Intensives was the exact combination I needed to be successful. I recommend Lethbridge College to everyone interested in furthering their education in the field of Justice regardless if they are just out of high school or well into their career.”

– From Winter 2016 Wider Horizons

Going the extra mile for learning

Experience the courtroom lab for yourself

Use our virtual tour to get a first-hand look at our classroom-turned-courtroom.