Program Description

Understand the Canadian Justice System

Whether you’re considering a career in law enforcement, victim services, or the legal department of corporations or governments, or you’re interested in using your degree as a stepping stone towards further education within the legal field, our program lets you use real-world experience to gain a practical understanding of today’s justice issues. Your program will be intense, whether you choose the blended learning track or the on-campus option, but you will have a solid foundation upon which to enhance your personal development and propel your career. 

A Learning Model that Fits Your Life

The BA in Justice Studies at Royal Roads University is available in two formats; a one-year, on-campus option, or a blended learning model of online study and on-campus residencies. There’s no difference in content between the different delivery methods, so choose the format that works for your current situation. Our blended online bachelor’s degree allows you to continue working while you complete your program, and our on-campus option accelerates your learning to complete your third and fourth years of study in just one year. Read more about the learning outcomes.

What to Expect

One-year, On-campus Experience – This fulltime program begins in September and finishes the following August, where you will work on five classes at a time over a 12-month period with short breaks between four terms.

Two-Year, Blended Learning – Expect to engage with instructors and classmates while completing lessons, case studies, and discussions through our online learning platform. Two mandatory, on-campus residencies (3-week residency in year 1 and 2-week residency in year 2) allow you to work face-to-face with your classmates in an intense learning environment.

Creating Connections for Your Career

Your future classmates are interested in beginning a career within the justice-related field or furthering their current role within their organization. You will work together in small groups, using your diverse experiences to complete your individual and group assignments, and the connections you create in your program help form a network of support you can turn to for the rest of your career. Upon completion of the BA in Justice Studies, one of the many options you will have is to apply directly to the Master of Laws (LLM) program at the University of London.

Demonstrate Your Ability to Get Results

Upon graduation you will be able to demonstrate your ability to critically assess issues related to justice studies based on the theoretical and practical skills you have developed in your program. You will have a solid understanding of the Canadian legal system, effective conflict management skills, and hands-on training in alternative dispute resolution practices, enabling you to use your degree to pursue a career within the realms of criminal justice, social justice human rights, advocacy, conflict resolution, and mediation.