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Public Safety (Diploma)


Canadian public safety leaders, policy makers, and politicians are increasingly being called upon to deepen their understanding of complex, public safety issues through education so that they can lead Canada in having more enlightened policies, structures, and organizations.

Our five newly launched fully online graduate diplomas provide you with the critical thinking skills to analyze and scrutinize the complex questions and issues you will face or are already facing in your career, and will also teach you how to be effective leaders and managers within your organizations and communities. The program will provide you with multi-disciplinary competencies that will generate public safety practitioners who have the necessary skill sets to enhance evidence-based decision making and public safety interoperability.

Each graduate diploma corresponds directly to the areas of public safety in Canada.


  • Graduate Diploma in National Security.
  • Graduate Diploma in Border Strategies.
  • Graduate Diploma in Countering Crime.
  • Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management.
  • Graduate Diploma in GIS and Data Analytics.

The structure of each diploma is designed to afford you the flexibility you need in order to advance your education whether you are seeking further education directly after a bachelor degree program or are already a working professional. These programs were designed to seamlessly ladder into the Master of Public Safety, also being launched.

These programs will begin in January 2018.

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Contact us:

Elyse Kirby, Academic Program Assistant

T: 519.884.0710 x5576
Office Location: RCE138

Program Highlights

  • Start with a diploma and then apply to the Master of Public Safety and bring your credits with you – or earn another diploma by taking just two more courses.
  • Start your program off on the right foot with our GEAR UP for Graduate Studies program – a 12-hour preparatory program designed to get you ready for graduate-level work.
  • Develop the skills employers are looking for to manage and direct Canada’s public safety.

Learning Online

We recognize the challenges of fitting learning opportunities into your busy lives. All courses in the graduate diplomas are offered fully online so that you can upgrade your educational qualifications while still managing your work and life schedules.

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Admission Requirements

Prerequisite requirements include:

  • Minimum B average in the last five full credits (or equivalent).
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, statement of interest and letters of reference.
  • Alternate admissions for students who apply, but do not have the appropriate academic background, may be considered. Email with your academic background to enquire.


Our students come from a wide range of career paths within the public safety field. Examples of areas in which you may work or aspire to work include:

  • Policy analysis and development and program management within public safety.
  • Program officer positions such as with the Government Operations Centre.
  • Cyber security analyst positions such as with the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre.
  • Municipal and provincial community safety officers.
  • Parks Canada (e.g. conservation officer).
  • Private sector security and investigation.

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