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Justice and Public Safety

Bachelor of Applied Arts specialization 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, fully online program for professionals who have work experience in law enforcement, public safety, justice and related fields.

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, knowledge and 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. Completed courses from the Public Administration and Governance Certificate at Ryerson University is considered university level and can be used for admission consideration.

For program and admission questions specific to the Justice and Public Safety part-time online program, please email Shannon Ho, Admissions Coordinator or call 416.798.1331 ext. 6388.

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 and will detail credit granted. 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 (noted above) 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 will 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 be eligible to receive 2.0 additional credits:*

  • Ontario Police College
  • Military Police Depot
  • RCMP Depot
  • Corrections Canada Training Program at the RCMP Depot
  • Corrections Centre for Professional Advancement & Training
  • 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 1031 (Fire Inspector)
  • NFPA 1033 (Fire Investigator)
  • NFPA 1035 (Fire and Life Safety Educator, Public Information Officer)
  • Fire Services Executive Management Certificate from Humber

*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 for admission consideration? Humber’s Police Foundations in Leadership diploma may be used for admission consideration to the University of Guelph-Humber’s Justice & Public Safety degree program. For more information, contact: Stephen Duggan, Police Leadership Liaison, Humber, 416.675.6622 ext. 3771.


As an applicant, you are automatically considered for the Entrance Scholarship for Part-time Programs.

Entrance Scholarship for Part-time Programs
Admission Average Scholarship Awarded








Read details and conditions for this scholarship.

How to Apply


Apply online by June 1, 2022
Applications must be submitted 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.

Required documents

You must submit the following documents by June 15, 2022:

  • 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.
  • Letter of Employment (LOE): To demonstrate that you have met the three years of related full-time work experience. The LOE should include: your full name; company/agency are/were employed with; specific job title(s); and duration of employment. The LOE should be written and emailed by an authorized individual from the respective company/agency in a business format to Admission Services ( with the authorized individual’s digital signature.
  • Professional training documentation (if applicable): You may be required to provide documentation of specific professional training/certification.

Personal information is collected under the authority of the University of Guelph Act (1964) and in accordance with Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information is used by Admission Services and will be used for admission purposes only. Questions about this collection of personal information should be directed to Admission Services at

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 on your WebAdvisor account.

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, 2022. 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

Applicants can expect to receive a decision approximately three to six weeks following the submission of all required documents. 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.

Any questions? Call us at 416.798.1331 ext. 6388 or email Shannon Ho, Admissions Coordinator.


A future in law

After graduation, take advantage of our partnerships to study law in England. Earn a senior status law degree (LLB) with The City Law School in just two years, or a Master of Law (LLM) through distance learning with the University of London in one to five years (full- or part-time).

  • No LSAT
  • 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 conduct 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 outdoor classrooms in Odense where children interact with nature: an example of Denmark’s unique contribution to child development
  • Learning about Soka education—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 study "eco-psychology"—the attitudes, perceptions and behaviour of people toward the environment
  • 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. 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.


Check out our Clubs and Societies page for more details.

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 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 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.


For program and admission questions specific to the Justice and Public Safety part-time online program, and to request copies of our printed brochure, please email Shannon Ho, Admissions Coordinator.


Currently, there are no scheduled upcoming events or webinars. Please check back in Fall 2022. For recordings of previous webinars, visit our GH Talks page.

Do you have an event that you would like us to speak at to share information about the Justice and Public Safety part-time online program?

Admission Services


Rely on your team at UofGH for help.

Alyson Green

Academic Advisor, Alyson Green

Alyson offers personal academic advising to help you develop an education plan, build vital learning skills, learn about UofGH resources& and resolve academic issues. She can assist with navigating course selection, sequencing and registration on WebAdvisor.

Sandra Fazio

Career Services Coordinator, Sandra Fazio

As your Career Services Coordinator, Sandra is available to support with skill development for your current position and/or prospective job opportunities. She provides resume, cover letter and CV critiques, along with opportunities to practice interview skills for both online and in-person interviews. For those interested in pursuing graduate school or post-graduate certificate programs, Sandra can assist with the beginning stages of the process from exploration of programs, understanding the application process, admission requirements, as well as reviewing documents required for submission.

Dr. Glenn Hanna

Assistant Program Head, Dr. Glenn Hanna

Dr. Hanna has a wide range of experience—as a practitioner, a student, an instructor and as the administrator responsible for the Justice and Public Safety (BAA) program.

Dr. Gary Ellis

Program Head, Dr. Gary Ellis

After more than 30 years in policing, spending most of his career in Toronto and one year respectively with the RCMP and at the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia, Dr. Ellis held leadership roles in Homicide, Sex Crimes Unit, Internal Affairs, Training, and Organized Crime Units and retired from policing as a Superintendent. 


Funding: Every dollar counts

We are proud to offer you financial support to help get you started with your Bachelor of Applied Arts degree. All applicants are considered for our Entrance Scholarship for Part-Time Programs.

Student Services: Be your best

What are the most popular/frequently used services with past Justice and Public Safety students?

SWAC (Student Wellness and Accessible Learning Services)
Health services: Available for confidential, non-judgemental services in all areas of personal health and wellness

Accessible learning services: Facilitates equitable access by co-ordinating academic accommodations and support services.

Counselling services: Assist students by working through and resolving difficulties with their well-being and success.

Writing Centre
Personalized instruction on an appointment basis to help you develop your writing assignments; grammar, punctuation and spellings skills; research skills; and guide you in the use of APA, MLA, and other citation styles.

Library Services
Get everything you need to help you complete your research, from program-specific resources to peer-reviewed articles and books. Let us help you navigate the resources available to you. Book an appointment with a Librarian for research help, or contact a library technician for help with catalogues, copyright, course reserves and Inter-library loans.

But there are many more services to take advantage of, including:

  • Accounting Centre
  • Black Academic Success and Engagement
  • Indigenous Education and Engagement
  • LGBTQ+ Resource Centre
  • Math Centre