Level up your crime-busting career with tech-savvy skills

Fight crime and protect your community with data. This program combines the emerging field of crime analytics with technology, research, and communications courses and is geared toward learners with a background or degree in police services. 
Data from emails, videos, chat files, social media and text messages are just some of the mass amounts of data that can be used to gain crucial information. You’ll train to collect, store, and analyze data sets to examine patterns of criminal behaviour, predict trends, and identify threats in your community. Using critical thinking exercises, you’ll learn to work as a member of a major police case management team. 

Program highlights

  • Online (HyFlex) delivery lets you study full-time or part-time with the option to attend classes on campus, online, or a combination of both 
  • Learn to work as a member of an interdisciplinary analytics team 
  • Develop data collection, analysis, and presentation skills 
  • 7-week capstone project in the final semester 
  • Build an in-demand skills set in ArcGIS, Microsoft Office and Excel, PowerBI, Python programming, R, statistics, and SQL database  

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ANA 1000 Foundations of Data Analytics 3
ANA 1001 Programming for Analytics 4
CRI 1001 Intro to Crime and Intel Analy 3
DBA 1000 Structured Data Management 4
EXL 1002 Dashboards and Data Analysis 3
QMM 1001 Statistics for Data Analytics 4
Semester 2
BTA 1013 Communicating with Data 3
CRI 1003 Intel Theories and Application 3
CRI 1005 Appr. to the Study or Terroris 3
CRI 1007 Professional Values and Ethics 3
CRI 1100 Anatomy of Major Case Investigation 2
FIN 1025 Financial Crime Risk Assessment 2
GIS 1025 GIS Mapping 2
QMM 1002 Stats and Data Visualization 4
Semester 3
ANA 1010 Analytics Capstone 6
 Total Credits49

Admission requirements

Applicants must be graduates of a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree program from an Ontario College or equivalent.


Applicant must possess five years of work experience in a related field (or combination of education and work experience) as judged by the College to be equivalent. Applicants must submit a resume detailing their related experience and a cover letter outlining their competencies and preparedness for the program (any and all post-secondary transcripts must still be submitted).

Applicants whose first language is not English, must provide proof of English language proficiency. Cambrian College accepts the TOEFL, or IELTS, or equivalent test to satisfy our English admission requirements.

Additional admission requirements


  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U) (MCT4C is highly recommended)
    • Students who do not possess the foundational math will need to take the bridging course/s prior to registration. Please contact the program coordinator to discuss upgrading options.

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Spring 2025

Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian's college and university agreement details for further information. 

Employment opportunities

Crime analysts work for a variety of law enforcement, intelligence, research, government, and a variety of other organizations. Crime analysts also work with the financial sector in areas such as private investigation, insurance investigation and fraud investigation. Common tasks involve analyzing intelligence, predictive modeling, mining data from primary and secondary sources, analyzing and interpreting results, pinpointing and predicting trends, providing concise reports, and designing, creating and maintaining databases.

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities as:

  • Crime Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Security Analyst
  • Forensic Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.