National Security Diploma Program Overview

The Wilfrid Laurier University online Graduate Diploma in National Security is a postgraduate credential designed for active professionals looking to build their career in public safety. Developed by industry experienced public safety professionals and created to align with the current initiatives of Public Safety Canada, this 100% online program focuses on delivering practical knowledge that can be immediately applied in the office and in the field.

Fast Facts: Security Studies Graduate Diploma

  • The diploma can be completed fully online
  • The first program of its kind in Canada
  • Developed by public safety professionals
  • Fast and flexible - get your diploma in around one year

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National Security Diploma Program Curriculum

The Laurier Graduate Diploma in National Security is the only program of its kind in Canada. Fast and flexible, the program can be completed in just over a year while you work. During the program, you’ll reinforce your foundation in public safety, focus on leadership and examine current events that are shaping the national security landscape in Canada and around the world.

  • SAFE600: Public Safety in Canada (0.5 credits)

  • SAFE601: Issues in Contemporary Public Safety (0.5 credits)
  • SAFE606: International Rule of Law (0.5 credits)
  • SAFE607: International Crime and Terrorism (0.5 credits)

Admissions Requirements

To apply for admission to the online graduate diploma program, applicants must meet the following requirements and submit the outlined paperwork:

  • Have a B average (75%) in their last 5 full credits/10 half credits of a 4-year undergraduate degree; applicants who possess a 3-year undergraduate degree may be considered in exceptional circumstances (consult your Advisor for more information)
  • Submit all transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Proof of employment letter (for applicants without a 4 yr. degree; to be submitted separately from the application form)
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit two reference letters
  • Prepare a Statement of Intent

The graduate diplomas are currently not eligible for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) or financial aid.

For more information about the admissions process or your eligibility, speak with an enrolment advisor at 888.368.0345.

If you are interested in continuing your studies in the Master of Public Safety program upon completion of a graduate diploma program, you are eligible to receive up to 2 transfer credits.

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Careers and Outcomes

Develop a global perspective and gain expertise in the national security issues and challenges facing Canada and the rest of the world. This diverse graduate diploma covers a number of areas, such as cybersecurity, preventing weapons acquisition, internal infrastructure and interdepartmental security communications. If you’re ready to progress in your current career or looking to change directions while building on your experience, a Graduate Diploma in National Security is a great way to gain the knowledge and credentials you’ll need to define your future.

To learn more about the program, download the curriculum guide.