Program Code: 1235


This part-time online certificate program explores why individuals become criminals, why individuals are attracted to those with deviant behaviours, and what methods are used in the rehabilitation of criminals and victims.

The program is designed for individuals who have a special interest in criminal psychology and behaviour or who work within social services, law enforcement, or criminal justice settings where an understanding of criminal psychology and behaviour is an asset.

Students will learn about a variety of topics including co-dependency as an addiction; domestic, sexual, and workplace violence; human trafficking; and cults and terrorism.

Learners must complete seven compulsory courses listed below

  • Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic Minds
  • Criminal Psychology II - Criminal Minds
  • Domestic and Workplace Violence
  • Sexual Violence
  • Co-Dependency as an Addiction
  • Cults and Terrorism
  • Human Trafficking & Intersectionality

Requirements & Program Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older
  • Students must successfully complete all courses within 7 years of acceptance into the program in order to graduate.
  • Students must obtain a G.P.A. of 2.0 or 60% or higher to obtain this certificate
  • Students are recommended to have completed at least one post-secondary psychology course prior to beginning this program.


Upon successful completion of the online Criminal Psychology and Behaviour certificate program, students will obtain a Sault College certificate.

Career Path

Upon completion of the program, individuals may find employment opportunities within criminal justice settings or within social service settings such as group homes and women`s shelters. This program is designed for professionals who want to effect change and advance their career while learning about topical cross-cutting issues that are relevant across sectors (e.g. human trafficking).

Potential career and industry options may include working in:

  • Policing
  • Corrections
  • Group Homes or Shelters
  • Community-Based Victim-Oriented Resource Centres
  • Social Services

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.jobbank.gc.ca.

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