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Justice and Public Safety


Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice and Public Safety

Why study Justice & Public Safety at UofGH?

Hat and diploma

Transfer Credit for Previous Postsecondary Education


Focused Program


Close-Knit Community

Focused Academic Program

This is a part-time program for professionals who have work experience in law enforcement, public safety, justice and related fields. New in fall 2021, the program will be FULLY ONLINE.

With greater awareness of how various parts of society intersect has come a new focus on the justice and public safety system as a whole—enforcement and public safety agencies, mental health agencies, human rights and public advocacy groups. This new focus is transforming virtually every aspect of how we think about and how we deliver services on a global scale.  In a field that’s on the leading edge of many technological, societal, and rights-based issues, it’s clear that today’s world requires more than just traditional tools.

Welcome to an innovative justice and public safety program that recognizes your years of experience, your knowledge and your lifestyle.

Upgrade your credentials
Use your previous postsecondary education and work experience in the field of justice or public safety for credit towards your degree. Earn a Bachelor of Applied Arts from the University of Guelph for growth and career advancement in a variety of sectors and/or pursue further education.

Expand your professional skills
Our program builds critical thinking, and a research- and evidence-based academic foundation to complement and expand your experience. We’ll give you the tools to do your job better! Become a lifelong learner and form new networks and associations with diverse organizations and agencies. Students in this program range from frontline workers to managers, chiefs of police and senior executives. You benefit from the experience of highly trained educators who currently work or formerly worked in the field, as well as a full range of student support services.

Complete your degree part-time while working
Continue your education while maintaining a good work-life balance. Courses are 100% online. Complete your degree in two or two and a half years!


Program Overview

Review the current program overview to see courses included in the Justice and Public Safety program. Course scheduling is subject to change.

Admission Information

Applicants must have the following two requirements for admission:

(1) Work experience
A minimum of three years of full-time work experience in a related field


(2) Postsecondary education
A recognized college diploma in an academic field with a minimum 70% cumulative average or completed at least 10 university level courses with a minimum 70% cumulative average.

For program and admission questions specific to the Justice and Public Safety part-time online program, please contact:
Usha Rajpal Cheddi, Admissions Coordinator
416.798.1331 ext. 6389

Credit assessment

Each applicant’s transfer credit will be assessed on an individual basis. An official Transfer Credit Assessment will be included with your offer of admission. All successful applicants are eligible to receive either 7.0 or 9.0 credits based on previous postsecondary education, work experience and professional training. See breakdown below.

Previous postsecondary education (required)
Successful applicants who have met the admission requirements are eligible to receive 5.0 transfer credits for their postsecondary coursework, which is equivalent to one year of full-time study.

Work experience (required)
If you have three years of full-time work experience in a related field, you may receive 2.0 transfer credits.

Specific professional training (not required)
If you have completed recruit/induction training at any of the facilities below, you may receive 2.0 additional credits:*

  • Ontario Police College
  • Military Police Depot
  • RCMP Depot
  • Corrections Canada Training Program at the RCMP Depot
  • Ontario Correctional Services College
  • Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Officer Induction Training


If you have completed one of the trainings listed below, you may receive 2.0 additional credits:*

  • An Advanced Care Paramedic Certificate
  • Successful completion of a one-year Ontario public college Pre-Service Firefighter Program (or equivalent)
  • Certification at the National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter and 1021 Fire Officer levels (or equivalent)
  • NFPA 1021 (Fire Officer)
  • NFPA 1031 (Fire Inspector)
  • NFPA 1033 (Fire Investigator)
  • NFPA 1035 (Fire and Life Safety Educator, Public Information Officer)

*If you have completed more than one of the accepted training options listed above, you cannot receive more than 2.0 credits for professional training towards your degree.

Meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Are you a justice professional without a completed diploma? Humber’s Police Foundations in Leadership diploma can be used towards admission to the University of Guelph-Humber’s Justice & Public Safety program. For more information, contact: Stephen Duggan, Police Leadership Liaison, Humber, 416.675.6622 ext. 3771.

How to Apply


Apply online
You must apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) using the 105 form. All University of Guelph-Humber programs are listed under the University of Guelph. The program code to select when applying is “GMU”.

Application fees
You will pay an OUAC application fee of $156 for your first three program choices and an assessment fee of $80. Each additional program choice is $50. If you remove a program choice and add a new one at the same university, there is no additional fee.

Applications for September 2021 entry must be received by June 1, 2021 for full consideration.

Required documents

You must submit the following documents by June 15, 2021:

  • Official transcripts: You must request all official high school and Ontario college/ university transcripts through the OUAC online. A service fee does apply. 
  • Professional cover letter and detailed resumé: These documents detail your professional experience in the field and your interest in the program. Only your cover letter and resumé can be emailed to Admission Services.
  • Professional training documentation (if applicable): You may be required to provide documentation of specific professional training/certification.


After Applying

Check Your Email!

We’ll send you an acknowledgement email so you know your application has been received.
You will get an email with a user ID and password to WebAdvisor and Gryph Mail. Use WebAdvisor, our online student administration system, to check your list of required documents and monitor what has been received. Set up your Gryph Mail to receive official emails from the University regarding your application and documents.

Submit documents

Once we’ve received your application, we will email and mail you your account login and password to WebAdvisor, our online student administration system. Log in to WebAdvisor to check your list of required documents and monitor what has been received. Required documents specific to the Justice and Public Safety program are noted above, other documents that may be required include:

Education Declaration (may be required)
A form provided by the University (online) to document your academic history. You will be notified if we require this form.

English proficiency results (if applicable)
See English language requirements web page.

Detailed course syllabi (may be required)
You will be notified if we require syllabi for transfer credit assessment purposes.

Supplemental information (optional)
Any additional documents you wish to submit to support your application outlining circumstances that may have impacted your academic performance.

Please submit all official required documents by June 15, 2021. Documents should be emailed to Once all documents are received, your application will be reviewed for admission. You are encouraged to apply and submit all required documents as soon as possible. Applications and documents received after the deadline will be considered if space is available.

Please allow ample time to collect all required documents.

Admission Decision

Upon receipt of all required documents, your file will be reviewed for admission. A minimum of three weeks is required for an admission decision. If you receive an offer it will be posted to your OUAC and WebAdvisor accounts, and a formal package will be sent in the mail.

Learn more

Our small size works to your advantage. You have easy access to people and services that support your success. The best way to learn more is to participate in one of our events. You can also take a look through our website to learn about Academic Advisors, Career and Placement Services, campus activities and student life, and student support services.

Any questions? Call us at 416.798.1331 ext. 6056 or email


University of London (LLM)

The partnership with the University of London allows our justice graduates to study for a prestigious Master of Laws (LLM) anywhere in the world with their online program. You can complete a general degree or pursue a specialization.

  • Start at any time
  • Complete at your own pace
  • Reduced tuition
London Law

Research as an undergraduate

If research interests you, get to know the many research opportunities inside and outside of class. Get paid and do research as a Research Assistant with instructors funded by the University’s Research Grant Fund.

  • Apply classroom knowledge
  • Develop skills in conducting experiments, research and data collection
  • Contribute to research publications
Photo with Adam and assistants doing facial research

Study Abroad

Through instructor-guided study tours, you experience concepts discussed in class. Because all study abroad courses are partially subsidized by the University, the opportunities are within reach. You may also be eligible for a study abroad travel grant, ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

Past highlights include:

  • Going to nature and farm schools in Odense where children learn through nature: an example of Denmark’s unique contribution to child development
  • Learning about a philosophy of well-being and global citizenship in Japan
  • Exploring the interplay between sport, health and culture in New Zealand’s Australasian society
  • Immersing in the Italian food experience from production to consumption in Italy, including a visit to the world's first food theme park
  • Heading to the Galápagos Islands and inland Ecuador to learn about human responses to the climate crisis—exploring environmental solutions led by scientists and local communities
  • Visiting areas of historical/cultural significance in Ireland to interact with academics, community groups, and agencies involved in governance, democracy and human rights

Get Involved!


Societies are related to our seven academic programs and offer a realm of activities outside of class with a focus on your field of interest. They can help you develop leadership skills, gain professional experience and network. 

Join the Criminal Justice Honour Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, that promotes academic excellence, community service, educational leadership and unity. Become a member of the Pre-Law Society to foster a culture of legal inquiry and critical thought processes in the academic community; members compete in moot court competitions and prepare for LSATs and law school.

Agora Fellowship

Be a part of the Agora Fellowship: a select group of students who discuss ideas and themes from renowned books in a regular forum led by Interim Vice-Provost Dr. George Bragues. Built your extracurricular experience. Every year the Fellowship takes a trip related to their current topics; destinations have included Boston, Montreal, New York and Washington.

Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship 

Join the Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship: a global, undergraduate, research project - the first of its kind in the world - led by Family and Community Social Services Program Head Dr. Paul Sherman. Explore how to nurture human potential and happiness for the greater benefit of humankind through the study of Soka (value-creating) education and global citizenship. Travel as a Research Associate to present results at professional symposiums.