• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Positive social change requires practical justice service capabilities, and your ability to use alternative dispute resolution techniques. The Justice Studies programme at Royal Roads University provides you with the theoretical and real-world foundations necessary to use effective critical thinking skills to assess issues related to justice. 


Upon graduation from your program, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the justice system, including criminal justice, social justice, human rights, advocacy, conflict resolution, and mediation.

The Justice Studies programme at Royal Roads University is designed to prepare you for a career in a justice-related institution or agency, including government, for-profit/non-profit, and international organizations.

The BA in Justice Studies program combines a variety of learning methodologies such as lectures, self-directed study, class discussions, team projects, team discussions, presentations, exercises in communication, negotiation, and mediation. This program also utilizes case studies and actual experiences that typify circumstances and challenges encountered in the field.  

Students improve their critical thinking skills, their ability to work independently and in teams. The program emphasizes skills required in the justice service field, such as compassion, empathy, integrity, equal concern and respect for others, initiative, adaptability, maturity, responsibility, continuity and perseverance.

The online offering of the BA in Justice Studies begins with a pre-residency period (via distance education) followed by a three-week residency period (via on-campus instruction). During the residency, students become familiar with the necessary computer, Internet, library search and research skills required to function effectively during the rest of their program. In addition, students are taught team building skills, and academic rules of conduct. 

The distance learning portion of the Justice Studies program takes place over the Internet. A number of different delivery methods are used such as lecture notes, textbooks, articles, and case studies. This is facilitated by interactive Internet learning tools such as discussion threads, bulletin boards and team discussions. Online courses for the distance model run for nine consecutive weeks with the possibility of an exam after the completion of the courses. Each course will require a level of effort of approximately 10-15 hours per week. The actual workload depends greatly on the learning ability of the student. 


Graduates may pursue careers in many areas of the public sector as well as non-profit agencies and other non-government organizations. Additionally, a variety of opportunities exist in criminal justice agencies and other organizations dealing with justice-related issues. Graduates have gone on to work in alternative dispute resolution, community development, probation, policy analysis, advocacy, and the like. Some graduates are continuing their education at law school, while others are pursuing graduate degrees.

Related Career Titles 
  • Paralegal
  • Legal Research 
  • Diversion Counsellor 
  • Court Reporter 
  • Probation Officer 
  • Forensics/Crime Lab Officer 
  • Private Investigator 
  • Internet Security Manager 
  • Loss and Prevention Consultant 
Potential Employers 
  • Provincial and Federal Corrections 
  • Youth Correction Centres 
  • Government 
  • Victim Services 
  • Non-profit Organizations 
  • Pre-release and Half-way Houses 
  • Group Homes 

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Academic Integrity
  • Human Service Skills in the Justice Field
  • Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • History and Philosophy of Justice in the Canadian Context until 1867
  • Canadian Constitution
  • Family and Justice: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Indigenous Justice Perspectives

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

Standard Admission
  • Any two-year diploma programs (or 60 credits) with a minimum of 24 second year credits, with a minimum GPA of 'B' (3.00/4.33), from a recognized post-secondary institution.
Flexible Admission
  • To be considered for Flexible Admission, applicants would require related work experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20388 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40780 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    7968 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15930 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Victoria

  • 1490 - 2100 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.