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Criminology | Diploma


Courses are offered face-to-face, by video-conference and online.  

CRIM 101Introduction to Criminology 13
CRIM 135Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: a Criminal Justice Perspective 13
CRIM 131Introduction to the Criminal Justice System3
CRIM 103Psychology of Crime & Deviance 13
CRIM 104Understanding Crime, Deviance & Society3
PSYC 101Introductory Psychology I3
PSYC 102Introductory Psychology II3
SOCI 101Introductory Sociology I3
SOCI 102Introductory Sociology II3
CRIM 210Law, Youth and Young Offenders (or)3
Women and Crime
CRIM 230Criminal Law in Canada3
ENGL 101Introduction to Composition3
ENGL XXX Any first year ENGL3
POLI XXX Any first year or second year Political Science3
PSYC XXX Any first or second year Psychology3
9 credits of University Credit Elective courses9
6 credits of University Credit or SSW Elective courses6
Total Credits60

Courses are offered online.

Note: Some courses are offered every other year.  Speak with an Educational Advisor to plan your course schedule.

  1. Apply direct to the University Credit Program
  2. Submit proof of English 12 or equivalent
  3. Once admitted, register in the courses required for the Criminology Program

English proficiency is required for all students entering CMTN programs. Please visit our English Language Alternatives page to see how this requirement can be met. 

University transfer requirements

Additional course prerequisites may be required if you plan to transfer to a laddering program after completing your credential (e.g. SFU for a BA in Criminology or BCIT for a BTECH in Forensic Sciences.)  Course prerequisites may include:

  • Biology 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Math 11

Students missing prerequisites may enrol in Career & College Preparation (CCP) upgrading courses while completing the program.

Need help with the application process?  Contact an Educational Advisor.

Admission to an intake does not guarantee completion in 2 years. 

Fees Domestic International
Full-time 30 Credits 30 Credits
Tuition $3,146.70 $13,373.40
Mandatory fees $240.00 $290.88

Lab fees (17.50 per credit)1

$52.50 $52.50
Student Union fees2 $109.28 $109.28
Health and Dental Insurance4,5 $285.00 $602.04
Total Tuition:


Books & supplies2 $2,000.00 $2,000.00
Field School fees3 $900.00 $900.00
Total: $6,733.48 $17,328.10

Tuition and fees effective August 1, 2024 for the 2024/25 Academic Year.

1Lab fees are mandatory. All associate degrees require a minimum of 3 credits in laboratory science, and students may take up to 42 lab credits.

2Costs are approximate and may vary depending on courses taken. Student union fees are term based.

3Field schools have additional costs between $100 - $1500 per field school, depending on the location and the activities. Field schools are not a mandatory component of all associate degrees, however, students are strongly encouraged to attend a field school during the spring/summer semester. Associate Degrees specializing in Environmental Geoscience are encouraged to attend a minimum of two field schools. Field schools are subject to different deposit requirements and refund rules.

4The Coast Mountain Students Union (CMSU) is pleased to announce that Extended Health and Dental Insurance has been approved by student referendum held in March 2021. Additional information will be provided by CMSU July 2021, including details of the coverage and directions for the opt out process for students with equivalent coverage. For any inquiries about the plan or referendum, please contact Golnoosh Namazi,

5Basic Health insurance is mandatory for all international students. Health insurance costs will be charged every term until students provide proof of MSP.

View the University Credit Program Fee Table