The Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice is a four year baccalaureate degree program. The curriculum for the degree educates students in six program areas including, Foundations in Justice Studies, Human Relations, Human Justice, Criminological Literacy, Experiential Learning, and General Education. This program provides professional preparation for students wishing to pursue careers such as Law Enforcement, Canadian Border Services, Immigration Canada, Federal, Provincial and Community Corrections and Probation/Parole. As well, the Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice will prepare students for a range of justice-related careers outside of law enforcement and corrections. The Honours stream in the Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice is unique in Alberta. Students in the Honours stream will develop enhanced knowledge and skills that are particularly suited for preparation to apply for graduate study in criminology/criminal justice and law school.
Continuance in the Program
Students accepted into the Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice degree program must comply with all University policies and regulations relating to Bachelor of Arts degrees and continuance.
Opportunities for Further Study
The Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice degree, and the Honours stream, do not guarantee either eligibility for, or admission into, graduate studies or law school. Graduates must meet the individual universities’ admission requirements in a competitive process. However, past graduates of Mount Royal’s justice-related undergraduate degree have earned admission into several justice-related Master of Arts degrees and law schools across Canada. Students considering graduate school or law school are encouraged to investigate their postgraduate educational plans with an academic advisor at the institution in which they are seeking to enrol.
Police Security Clearance
In order to graduate with the Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice degree, students may complete a practicum course in a justice-related agency. In some cases, agencies may require students to provide proof of a police information check prior to commencing the course. All costs related to the police information check are the responsibility of the student. Refer to the statement regarding police information and other background checks in this calendar.
General Admission Requirements
All students must meet the general admission requirements for Mount Royal University programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.
Additional Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this calendar, applicants must also satisfy the following criteria:
Academic Course Requirements
The following specific courses (or equivalencies) with the specified minimum grades are required for admission into the Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice program:
- English Language Arts 30-1 - 60%
- Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
Although Conditional Admission may be granted in advance of receipt of final/official transcripts, confirmation of the achievement of specified minimum grades will take place after all final/official transcripts have been received by the University. Applicants who do not meet these minimum grade requirements will be denied admission.
Indigenous Student Admission
Each year 10% of the seats in the Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice program will be reserved for Indigenous applicants through an Indigenous admission target.
To be considered for admission under the Indigenous admission target, the applicant must:
- self-identify as an Indigenous applicant on the Application for Admission
- meet the definition of an Indigenous Applicant
- meet the minimum admission requirements as indicated in the General Admission requirements for Mount Royal University as well as any program level admission requirements
Designated seats for this special consideration target will be filled by Indigenous applicants on a competitive basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply during Early Admission period. Any unfilled designated seats will be released on June 15 to students applying under the general admission requirements.
See general admission requirements in the Admissions section of this calendar for further information.