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Justice and Public Safety

Justice and Public Safety

“I found the University of Guelph-Humber program specifically designed to meet the needs of working justice professionals.”
Dena P. 

Dena P.

Why study Justice & Public Safety at UofGH?

Give your career a boost or open up further education opportunities. This program is for professionals who have work experience in law enforcement, public safety, justice and related fields. 

Earn Your Degree
from the University of Guelph

Part-time online

Designed to meet your needs as a working (public or private) professional. Students in this program are police officers, paramedics/EMS, fire fighters, military, community and mental health workers and other frontline public safety workers, and range from relatively new employees to managers, command staff and senior executives.

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!

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. 

Learn with the best
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 available remotely/virtually.

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Admission Info
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Take a look at your courses

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All of your courses are online. The majority of courses are six weeks long and most semesters you take one course at a time for a total of two per semester. You complete six courses over three semesters in one calendar year.

To earn your degree, you must complete 12 to 16 courses dependent on your transfer credit assessment. Applicants who receive transfer credit for previous training can earn their degree in two calendar years.

Courses include Ethics, Human Resources Management and Conflict Resolution. Review the current program overview to see courses included in the Justice and Public Safety program. Course scheduling is subject to change.


Open up your future

Our students are looking for new challenges, be it a career move or moving into further education. Many Police Chiefs have graced these walls before becoming Police Chiefs! Opportunities include:

  • Law School
  • Master of Arts in Political Science
  • Police Chief
  • Research Analyst
  • Master of Arts in Criminology
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Political Science
  • Master of Arts in Leadership

Note: Some careers and entry into further education may require additional study.

Law School

The City Law School (LLB)

After graduation, take advantage of our partnership with The City Law School. Study in England to earn a senior status law degree (LLB) with The City Law School   in just two years. No LSAT. Reduced Tuition.

London is where some of the largest law firms in the world are located. The Graduate Entry LLB (Hons) program attracts students from all over the world—many from Canada. Follow in the footsteps of renowned alumni such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

University of London (LLM)

After graduation, take advantage of our partnership with the University of London. Complete 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.

Experienced professionals

Meet the core team that will help you succeed and provide support.

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.

Assistant Program Head, Jasdeep Singh
Jasdeep (Jessy) Singh has 12 years of experience teaching at the University of Guelph-Humber. He has worked in a number of positions within the justice sector that include roles with the Toronto District School Board, York Regional Police, Humber College, Toronto Police Service, and the City of Toronto. 

Academic Advisor, Cheryl Nicholas
Cheryl 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.

Career Services Coordinator, Elizabeth Hawley
As your Career Services Coordinator, Elizabeth 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, Elizabeth 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.

Support services

SWAC (Student Wellness and Accessible Learning Services)

SWAC has a myriad of services to support you. Health services are available for confidential, non-judgemental services in all areas of personal health and wellness. SWAC provides accessible learning services to facilitate equitable access by co-ordinating academic accommodations and support services. There are also counselling services available to assist you by working through and resolving difficulties with well-being and success.

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Writing Centre

The Writing Centre provides 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.

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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.

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Student Services

There are many services available to you as a student, including but not limited to:

  • Accounting Centre
  • Black Student Support and Engagement
  • Indigenous Education and Engagement
  • LGBTQ+ Resource Centre 
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