School of Criminal Justice

Criminal JusticeWelcome to the Criminal Justice program at Nipissing

At Nipissing you have the option to focus on one of our four streams: Policing, Corrections, Criminology or Criminal Justice Studies. Our flexible program is designed to give you a balanced combination of theory and practice. Through field placements, projects, and research, you will have opportunities to work alongside real criminal justice professionals.

​All students complete a common core of courses in criminology, law, and research methods but can take electives from any stream.

Policing Stream

As a student in the Policing stream, you will examine the criminal code, the young offenders system, and learn the skills and techniques you need for a successful career in policing. You will complete courses at both Nipissing University and Canadore College, and graduate with a college diploma and a university degree in just four years! Ethical reasoning and community policing are also key concepts in this stream.

Criminology Stream

In the Criminology stream, you will learn how to understand essential theories and methodologies used in the Criminology field. This stream gives you essential skills in communication, statistics, and analysis. We regularly offer courses in special topics like Women and the Criminal Justice System, and Youth in Conflict with the Law.

Corrections Stream

If you choose to pursue the Corrections stream, you will earn a college diploma from Canadore College and a university degree from Nipissing University in just four years. At Canadore College you will study psychology, community re-integration, programming, and interviewing, and you will also complete a field placement. As a Corrections stream student, you will gain skills and knowledge in areas like administration, group dynamics, and counselling.

Criminal Justice Studies Stream

In the Criminal Justice Studies stream, you will take a wide variety of courses that will give you broad knowledge of the Criminal Justice system. You will also take courses in Sociology and Psychology, and you will learn how they relate to the field of Criminal Justice.

Graduates from Law Clerk program from an Ontario Community College are eligible for admission to the Legal Studies and Administration Stream.

Our flexible placement program provides practical experience within the profession, including placements with jails, police services, victim services, and more.

Research Assistant opportunities with professors and the fourth-year thesis course are available and offer you even more opportunities to deepen your knowledge and its practical applications by allowing you to conduct in-depth research on issues in the Criminal Justice field.

Alpha Phi Sigma

In March 2011, Nipissing’s Criminal Justice program had the honour of becoming the first Canadian Chapter of the American National Criminal Justice Honor Society (ANCJHS), which recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate students of Criminal Justice, as well as Juris Doctorate students. The goals are to honour and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership, and unity. In the United States, there are now over 360 chapters. Nipissing’s chapter, Mu Kappa, strives to promote the goals of the ANCJHS through community service in conjunction with local Criminal Justice agencies. Nipissing students who have completed three Criminal Justice courses with an average over 75% will be invited to join Mu Kappa.

The Criminal Justice Student Association

The Criminal Justice Student Association is student run organization that provides Nipissing University Criminal Justice students with a forum for the discussion of criminal justice issues, as well as opportunities to learn about careers available to them upon graduation, within the CJ system and beyond. The CJSA also helps to foster collegiality among criminal justice students in order to enhance their student experience within the classroom, as well as their overall social experience while attending Nipissing University. To connect and learn more about what is going on with the CJSA, Like us on Facebook!

Canadian Correctional System Overview​

Graduate School Application Process

A guide for students considering a Criminology/Legal Studies Master's degree or a Law degree.

Graduate Programs Relevant to Criminal Justice and Law Schools in Canada

A list of schools offering graduate programs.


Academic Support Services

Our goal is to support your academic and personal development. Look for assistance with accessibility services, learning style assessments, writing skills, writing formats, study strategies, time management, note-taking skills, academic resources, group seminars, peer support, career development activities, and more. Learn More...

Financial Support Services

Achieve your goals on time and on budget. We’ll help you fund your education through scholarships, awards, bursaries, government assistance, and work study programs. Learn More...

Scholarships, awards and bursaries for students in Criminal Justice program

Internationalize your Degree

If you want to experience a year or a semester at one of our partner schools across the globe, we have support services and programs to help you get there. If you want to assist International students with adjusting to life in Canada, we’ll connect you. Check out your options...

Personal Counselling Services

Our registered counsellors offer free, year-round personal counselling services, specialized therapeutic groups, referral services and a host of wellness, educational and awareness events to all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Learn More...


Our top-rated residences will make you feel right at home. You will make fast friends with your residence community. Our student leaders, Residence Dons, and award winning residence staff give tutorials on everything from the basics of laundry and cooking to making connections within the community. Learn More...

International Experiences

In conjunction with non-governmental organizations, business students and their professors have the opportunity to travel to rural areas in other countries for a few weeks at a time to learn about different cultures and how economic development concerns can be a barrier to expansion.

We also offer the opportunity to study abroad for a specified period of time. Through a study exchange program, credits earned internationally are transferred to your Nipissing University Degree. Other programs include summer courses, international conferences, research projects, volunteering, language training, and group study tours. By taking an international opportunity, you will gain a global perspective and internationalize your degree.

Leadership and Community Engagement

If you are eager to get involved beyond the classroom, take part in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which gives you the opportunity to present your work to peers, professors, and family members. You may also have opportunity to work as a Research Assistant to help a professor conduct research and gain valuable experience at the same time.

Record of Student Development

Your experience at Nipissing University is more than just the time spent learning great things in lectures, labs, and seminars. It’s also about the activities you are involved in outside of the classroom, the causes you champion to make change on campus, the clubs you organize, the awards you receive, the workshops you participate in, the volunteering you do, and all the learning that occurs outside of the classroom. 

The Record of Student Development (RSD) is Nipissing University's way of recognizing that learning is happening everywhere on campus. It is a formal record, otherwise known as a co-curricular transcript, where you can include workshops, volunteer experiences, awards, activities, and on campus employment experiences that you participate in throughout your degree. 

Each RSD Approved activity in our database is linked to competency areas employers are looking for such as:    

  • Critical Thinking 
  • Leadership  
  • Digital Literacy  
  • Equity and Diversity 
  • Emotional and Interpersonal Intelligence 
  • & more!  

To see the full list of competencies and get started building your Record of Student Development go to:

Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU)

Students attending Nipissing University in North Bay and long distance students are members of the Nipissing University Student Union. Our organization strives to represent students democratically, provide a communication framework, and lobby for legislative change on issues that affect students.


Exercise and healthy competition always help to clear the mind.


Nipissing’s Athletics Department offers a wide range of intramural activities to keep you on your game


Club sports are available to all Nipissing students and are both recreational and competitive.


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Whether you are a gym enthusiast or a weekend warrior, Nipissing has just what you need.


Full-time Faculty

Part-time Faculty

Adjunct Faculty


Because of our focus on blending theory with practice, and all the opportunities our students have to gain practical experience in the field, our graduates find employment very easily after graduation. Many have gone on to work with the Ministry of Correctional Services, the Ontario Provincial Police, RCMP the Canadian Antifraud Centre in various capacities. Some have become research and business analysts, correctional officers, police officers, or court liaison officers. Still others continue their education with law school, or graduate studies at the Master and Doctorate levels.

Career and Academic Options

  • Graduate Studies
  • Professional School (Education, Law, MBA)
  • Employment as a police officer, crime analyst, research and policy analyst, correctional officer or probation/parole officer
  • Careers with the RCMP, OPP, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Correctional Service of Canada, Canada’s armed forces, regional, municipal, military and First Nation community police services