Co-op Program in Bachelor of Arts in Community Criminal Justice

All intakes for this program have been postponed. The Bachelor of Arts in Community Criminal Justice is currently under review. Intakes have been suspended pending completion of the review. Please check with an Arts Degree Advisor to discuss your academic plan. As a result, the Co-op Option is also postponed.

How to Apply

Applications for the Co-op program are accepted all year around. Full details can be found on the Apply to Co-op page.

Program Requirements

The BA Major in Community Criminal Justice is offered with a Co-operative Education option. Co-operative Education gives a student the opportunity to apply the skills gained during academic study in paid, practical work experience semesters. Degree students can complete a minimum of three work terms while completing their degree. Work terms generally occur full-time in separate 4 month work semesters but may also be available part-time over an 8 month continuous (parallel) placement. Work semesters alternate with academic study.

Students wishing to enter and participate in the Co-op Option must meet the following requirements:

Declaration/Entrance Requirements:

  • Declaration into the Bachelor of Arts in Criminology program.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Maximum 75 completed credits

Program Continuance and Work Term Requirements:

Continuation in the co-op option requires:

  • Successful completion of COOP 1101 prior to 75 credits
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Instructor permission*

* Instructor permission - Upon completion of COOP 1101, students must meet and maintain ALL Program Continuance and Work Term Requirements of his/her program in order to remain in the Co-op program. For most programs this includes a minimum cumulative GPA (including all transfer credits and undergraduate courses that may apply to their program), successful completion of COOP 1101 prior to 75 completed credits (prior to 30 completed credits for diplomas) and instructor permission.

Instructor permission can take into feedback from the COOP 1101 instructor and assignments, feedback from other KPU instructors (including attendance, behaviour, and participation) and suitability as an ambassador of the Co-op program. Students may meet the GPA and credit requirement but access to Co-op may be withheld or removed if instructor permission is not granted.

Additional requirements:

In addition to the requirements stated above, all Co-op students must satisfy the General Co-operative Education Requirements.

Program Information

Please click here for a detailed description of what you can expect from the BA in Community Criminal Justice Program.

BA – Community Criminal Justice Co-op Employment

BA CCJ Co-op students have been employed with a variety of industries such as the federal and provincial governments, municipalities, private businesses, and non-profit organizations. Student have held various titles such as:

  • Settlement Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Law Enforcement Assistant
  • Employment Standards Officer
  • Youth Justice Researcher
  • Citizen and Immigration Officer

Student Testimonials

“My Co-op work term with the VPD has given me the chance to utilize my Criminology education and put it into action. It’s a great stepping stone into a career in policing! I am very thankful for the co-op program because it allowed me to experience firsthand how it would be to work in my dream profession.” Jesse P.


To learn more about the Community Criminal Justice Co-op Program, please contact: