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Program Description

This program is subject to final approval by the RRU Board of Governors.

The Graduate Diploma (GD) in Justice Studies is a one-year, interdisciplinary graduate program and stresses the importance of a collaborative and problem focused approach to justice. Recognizing the multi-problematic aspects of complex social issues, this transdisciplinary approach is essential in understanding the complexity of a problem and in developing effective solutions often missed under more traditional approaches to justice.

Delivery Model

Online Learning

The majority of this program is experienced through online learning. Online courses enable you to meet the demands of work and family while studying. Using our web-based learning platform, you will access your reading materials, complete individual and group assignments, and engage with the rest of your classmates and instructors; online from anywhere. Each online course will be nine weeks in length, with a two-week break between courses.

Residency

During the course of your one-year program, you will attend one, two-week on-campus residency. Here you’ll get to interact face-to-face with your instructors, cohort and team. You’ll have set class hours as well as homework and meetings outside of class hours, making this an intensive and rewarding time.

Learning Outcomes

Royal Roads University works with an outcomes-based learning model. Learning outcomes are clear, plain language descriptors of knowledge and performance tasks that students demonstrate in order to successfully complete a program.

Within the GD in Justice Studies, there are five key learning outcome domains:

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Communication
  3. Research
  4. Knowledge
  5. Professional Skills & Practice

Using learning outcomes helps to clarify a program’s focus, helps students connect their program to their workplace, provides a focus for assessment/evaluation, and helps employers understand the benefits of the program. Read more about the learning outcomes.

Upon satisfactory completion of the courses and related assignments, students will be granted a Graduate Diploma in Justice Studies.

Who It’s For

Ideal for those seeking career advancement in a justice-related institution or agency, including government, policing, corrections, customs and immigration, DND and Coast Guard, for-profit/non-profit, and international organizations, and for students seeking to continue their post-secondary education in justice studies.

Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Process. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please visit our program admission page.

Laddering Options

Students who wish to continue their studies towards completion of the Master of Arts in Justice Studies may do so through the laddering process.

Students may apply to transfer to the MA stream while still in the diploma program. Space may be limited, so the ability to transfer is not guaranteed, and in these cases, only the masters degree will be awarded upon completion of the MA, not the diploma.

Graduates of the diploma program must formally apply to the MA program.