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NorQuest College’s Justice diploma program is an interdisciplinary program that allows you to gain skills and knowledge for a wide variety of justice-related professions and further educational opportunities. It is a unique offering in the Edmonton region and in Alberta.

What to expect from the program

The program offers broad education in the justice field that can lead directly to a career or laddering opportunities to university. You will select from a variety of electives in areas such as Indigenous justice, youth work, corrections theory and practice, and criminal justice studies.

You will explore a broad range of skills important to a justice career including crisis intervention skills, health and wellness initiatives, , writing and advocacy skills, and strategies for working with diverse groups of Canadians. Read about our first-year Justice program courses: JUST 1101 and JUST 1102.

You are more likely to be successful in this program if you have:

  • a high standard of personal and professional ethics
  • respect for diversity
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • well-developed reading and writing skills
  • an openness to viewpoints and perspectives that are not your own

The Justice program is open to anyone who meets the admission requirements. However, prospective students should be aware that individuals with police records, criminal convictions, or charges pending may encounter barriers securing employment in some justice-related fields. These individuals also might be unable to take part in site or facilities visits, or in JUST 2300.

Graduate with experience

NorQuest College believes in the importance of on-the-job experience that provides an enriched learning opportunity.

A competitive entry, work-integrated learning course will be optional for students in an additional term.

Career opportunities

The skills taught in this program will allow graduates to work in a variety of roles in the justice field. There are many careers that a graduate of the Justice diploma program can pursue, including:

  • youth worker
  • bylaw officer
  • park warden
  • fish and wildlife peace officer
  • border security officer
  • commercial vehicle inspector
  • support worker
  • probation officer
  • case worker
  • community police/peace officer
  • victim services & advocacy
  • Indigenous peace officer
  • private security
  • police officer, RCMP officer
  • corrections officer

Some careers that are highly desirable to prospective students, such as Edmonton Police Services officer, may not be possible right after graduation due to strict recruitment procedures and life/career experience and age requirements. NorQuest will provide information about the varied career pathways available throughout the program and will help students work towards meeting their career goals.

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