Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Law Enforcement Studies

Complete an academic program from Canada’s leading public safety educator and gain the knowledge and skills to pursue rewarding careers in law enforcement and public security

If you are an international student interested contributing to society and advancing your career prospects in Canada in the fields of justice, law enforcement and security, then this program is for you.

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Law Enforcement Studies gives students the opportunity to gain a unique combination of theoretical knowledge and applied skills that prepares you to pursue rewarding careers in Canada, including those in the justice and law enforcement fields. 

Study at a dynamic campus where public safety professionals train – including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency managers. Together in a cohort of students, get the personalized attention you need from instructors to help you succeed in the program. 

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What will you learn?

This program provides a broad range of transferable and specialized skills in leadership, management and law enforcement grounded in a modern understanding of the Canadian justice system.

Building on your demonstrated capacity for research, critical thinking, you will gain a wide range of leadership and  management knowledge and skills, including:

  • Conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation
  • Crisis intervention
  • Organizational behaviour
  • Governance and accountability
  • Applied ethics

You will also gain specialized law enforcement knowledge, skills and techniques applied in Canada, including:

  • How to conduct investigations
  • How to collect forensic evidence
  • Gain and understanding of criminal and deviant behaviour
  • Gain an introduction to conducting intelligence analysis

You will also gain valuable awareness and insights about Canadian history and key public safety and law enforcement issues through the study of:

  • The Canadian criminal justice system
  • Comparing criminal justice systems
  • Learning about restorative justice, indigenous issues, and law enforcement in a diverse society.

By the end of the program, you will also have completed an academic applied research project that contributes to your CV and the industry/sector you conducted your research on.

Program Format

This is a 60-credit, full-time program for international students consisting of 20 three-credit courses. Students complete all courses face-to-face at the JIBC New Westminster campus over a two-year period. To graduate with the post-baccalaureate diploma within 24 months, students must successfully complete five courses per 14-week semester.


Term I

  • SOCI-1100 Reconciling Colonial Practices in Justice & Public Safety
    This course will provide an overview of colonization in Canada with a focus on justice & public safety.
  • ETHS-1100 Introduction to Applied Ethics
    Learners will be introduced to ethical theories, strategies for moral reasoning, critical thinking and ethical decision-making.
  • LAWS-1202 Introduction to the Canadian Criminal Justice System
    This course will provide an introduction to the Canadian criminal justice system. 
  • LAWS-1203 Introduction to Criminology
    Learners will examine basic criminology concepts and criminological theories.
  • CRES-1853 Theoretical & Applied Perspectives on Conflict Resolution
    This course will equip leaners with theoretical concepts and practical skills to effectively work through conflict.

Term II

  • LAWS-2206 Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement
    This course will cover the historical development of law enforcement in the western world as a component of the total justice system.
  • BUSN-3100 Organizational Behaviour
    Learners will use and apply theory behind the interaction and implication of human behaviour between individuals and groups within organizations.
  • LAWS-4000 Applied Research in Public Safety and Law Enforcement
    In this course learners will develop an understanding of a range of research methodologies, related data gathering techniques, and reporting options. 
  • ESMS-4220 Ethical Issues in Public Safety
    This course examines the moral and ethical issues that can arise in justice and public safety fields.
  • INTL-4310 Introduction to Intelligence Analysis
    Learners will apply the key components of the intelligence cycle to the collection, analysis and dissemination of intelligence.

Term III

  • LAWS-1207 Law Enforcement in a Diverse Society
    Learners will explore issues in diversity and develop skills to enable them to interact more effectively with diverse populations in a law enforcement setting.
  • LAWS-3001 Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
    Learners will distinguish between psychological, biological, and psychosocial explanations of crime and deviance. 
  • LAWS-3002 Comparative Criminal Justice
    This course will examine various criminal justice systems in order to identify their historical, cultural, religious, and social origins.
  • LAWS-3003 Leadership in Law Enforcement
    Learners will examine various leadership styles, philosophies and theories with a view to identify effective leadership practices in law enforcement environments. 
  • LAWS-3220 Criminal Law and Investigations
    This course will explore the principles, nature, purpose, and sources of Canadian Criminal Law within the context of a law enforcement environment.

Term IV 

  • LAWS-3000 Investigations and Forensic Evidence
    Learners will examine and apply a variety of investigative techniques to demonstrate the key theoretical and practical techniques for the collection and analysis of evidence.
  • LAWS-3004 Restorative Justice
    Learners will examine the theoretical, historical, and philosophical perspectives on restorative justice.
  • LAWS 4002 Crisis Intervention
    This course will help learners prepare to respond to individuals in crisis and is designed to enhance strategies to implement personal awareness.
  • LAWS 4004 Governance & Accountability in Law Enforcement
    This course explores the different levels of government and how law and policies affect law enforcement.
  • LAWS-4003 Research (Graduation) Project
    Learners will review and critique examples of research within the fields of public safety and law enforcement, and complete a research project.

Admission Requirements and Tuition

To be eligible for this program, international students are required:

  • To provide proof of completion of an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or an equivalent credential from a recognized institution outside of Canada. Credentials from non-Canadian institutions may be required to be evaluated by an external organization and any related costs for this assessment will be the responsibility of the applicant. 
  • Applicants with transcripts from foreign countries must contact the International Credential Evaluation Services (ICES) which will evaluate the credentials and determine comparable levels in BC or Canadian terms.
  • Meet JIBC’s English language proficiency requirements if their undergraduate studies were completed in a language other than English. The minimum requirement is outlined in JIBC's English Admissions Requirements for International Students.

International Tuition 

  • Non-refundable application fee: $150
  • Tuition Fee: $17,125 per year (average as of April 1, 2019)
    • Year 1: $16,144.60
    • Year 2: $18,745.60
  • Learner Services Fee: $5.82 per credit (as of April 1, 2019)

Application Process


Students can start in the Fall (September) or Winter (January) semesters.

Application Deadlines

Visit the Apply for a Program page to view application due dates.

Application Process

  1. Complete an application for this program online via EducationPlannerBC
  2. Submit all the necessary documentation such as transcripts, and English Proficiency Test Results, to the JIBC Registrar’s Office as soon as possible. The Registrar’s Office will provide you with the full list of documents required.

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Only complete applications received by the application deadline will be considered.

Upon acceptance into the program, a Program Deposit must be received by the date indicated in the acceptance letter.

What our International Students Say

JIBC student Asif testimonial

“The education I acquired from JIBC advanced my personal and professional skills to a higher level. It was truly a life changing experience. JIBC is an institution where the finest future police leaders are created. I will forever be thankful for the guidance I have received and the connections I made.” - Asif H., JIBC law enforcement degree graduate from Bangladesh now working as a manager at an international security company



Ciara Testimonial

“You learn from all the instructors here because they have so much experience and they have so much knowledge. The experience the instructors have is unreal.” – Ciara M., JIBC law enforcement exchange student from Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland




Chinese JIBC student testimonial

“We won’t forget the sincere teaching about how to be an excellent leader. JIBC has provided us with such a wonderful opportunity to study here and expand our horizons towards the world.” – Qinzheng W., law enforcement student from China

Last updated March 4, 2020