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Criminal Justice, BPA

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Criminal justice systems are complex and require an understanding of crime as well as the institutions and professionals that operate within these systems. Athabasca University's Bachelor of Professional Arts in Criminal Justice will teach you to think critically about criminal justice policies and practices.


Whether you’ve just earned your diploma or have several years of experience in the criminal justice field, this program is for you. You will get advanced education in areas such as:

  • community policing
  • youth justice
  • cross-cultural awareness
  • organized crime
  • victims of crime
  • managing family violence
  • law and policing
You will also learn more about:
  • the adult and youth justice systems
  • criminal justice policies, procedures and programs
  • the roles of criminal justice professionals (such as law enforcement) and other stakeholders (such as victims and offenders)
Taking this degree-completion program can support career advancement and continued education at the graduate level.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details:
    • You can apply to AU anytime without a deadline. 
    • Courses start : Monthly, on the 1st of each month
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Administrative Law
  • Organizational Culture

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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Academic Requirements

  • The BPA is designed for students who have completed an approved 2-year diploma or equivalent from an accredited college or institute of technology. You can also apply to the program with a combination of post-secondary education and related work experience.
  • You will be considered a pre-program student until your admission requirements are confirmed. You can still take courses during this time.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    32480 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 64960 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    16400 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32800 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    13340 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26680 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.
  • Please note: These costs are estimated. AU can and may increase tuition fees annually. 


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