A statue of a woman representing justice holding a set of scales.

Criminal Justice and Public Policy

Why Criminal Justice and Public Policy?

Discover the inner workings of central criminal justice institutions and governmental processes, including policymaking, civic engagement, and the legal system. In the Criminal Justice and Public Policy program, you'll delve into sociology and political science courses that examine national and international criminal justice systems, the development and implementation of public policy, and the complexities involved in achieving equitable justice.

By the time you graduate, you'll have a critical understanding of key political and social issues, equipped with a strong foundation for your career or further studies in law, policy, and justice.

To see all courses offered in this degree, visit our Academic Calendar.

 Criminal Justice is a Multidisciplinary Experience

Acquire a distinctive mix of sociological courses focusing on the criminal justice system, immersive political science classes, and an optional co-op opportunity to enrich your experience.

 Expert insights to our Criminal Justice System

Apply theoretical insights to the practices and policies of the criminal justice system from various disciplinary viewpoints, guided by seasoned experts in the field.

 Understanding the intersection of Criminal Justice

Explore the intricate intersections of criminal justice policies that are embedded in legal, political, social, and economic frameworks — locally, nationally and transnationally.

Criminal Justice and Public Policy Graduate Career Outcomes

The fields of policy, politics and criminal justice in Canadian contemporary society are ever changing and demand constant adaptation in order to better serve society and humanity at large. As a graduate of the CJPP program at the University of Guelph, you will build a solid foundation for a career that drives an impact in the criminal justice system.

 Here are a few careers our graduates have successfully pursued:

  • Lawyer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Police Officer
  • Social Services
  • Legal Professional
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Conflict Mediator
Paige Saunders
I really liked it because it was so interdisciplinary. It kind of touched on criminology and it touched on politics and in upper years, you got to do philosophy and psychology. So all of it really intrigued me, and I do want to go to law school afterwards. So they really spoke to my interests and they were very well rounded courses, too. So, you know I had options to explore and I really liked that.

Paige Saunders
Criminal Justice and Public Policy
Watch Paige's video

Discover More Options

Students considering Criminal Justice and Public Policy may also be interested in Justice and Legal Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or other majors.

Admission Requirements

Explore admission requirements for Canadian, international, transfer, and mature students. Start your journey today!

View Admission Requirements

Scholarships & Bursaries

We offer a wide range of financial aid programs to assist with funding your education at the University of Guelph.

Explore Scholarships & Financial Aid

Tour Our Campus

Through virtual tours, presentations, webinars and in-person tours, get familiar with the University of Guelph campus.

Book a Tour

Have Questions?

Learn more about how to connect, discover, and engage with programs, facilities and life at the University of Guelph.

Request More Info

Collage of smiling students with callouts

Talk to a Current Student

Don’t just take it from us – hear from one of our many students on their experiences with Guelph, integrating into U of G life, and much more. Start chatting with students from Canada or international students.

Are you ready to Improve Life?