Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice
This graduate diploma offers students an opportunity to complement and extend their undergraduate studies with further study in Criminal Justice. It is ideal for those who are seeking employment in a range of criminal justice sector occupations and also for those currently employed within the sector who seek to have a professionally relevant graduate qualification.
Graduate certificates and diplomas require a bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
Qualification specific requirements
Acceptance for the programme will depend on the standard and relevance of previous studies. All candidates need to be approved by the Dean of Law.
For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice or use the admission requirements checker.
Qualification structure and duration
Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice (GradDipCJ) students are required to pass 120 points above 100-level from the Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree, and these must include compulsory and optional courses.
Students can study the diploma full-time over a year, or part-time up to a maximum of four years. Students can start in February or July.
- CRJU 201
- CRJU 202
- CRJU 301
- CRJU 302
- MAOR 219 (if already passed, then 15 points at 200-level or above from the Bachelor of Criminal Justice)
Students must also complete 30 points from the 300-level courses listed as optional courses for the Bachelor of Criminal Justice or a combination of HSRV 303 and another 15 point 300-level course from the list. Courses are selected from Schedule B of the Regulations for the Bachelor of Criminal Justice.
Graduates will be equipped with a graduate qualification that will prepare them for a career in the criminal justice fields, in particular roles within the Police, Ministry of Justice and Department of Corrections. The graduate diploma is also relevant for work in other areas of government including prisons, probation and parole; criminal justice policy, forensics, public and private investigation and security; and social work.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice.
For study planning help contact the School of Law student advisor.
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