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Honours Bachelor of Police Studies
Broaden your understanding of the nature, role and function of policing. Learn the science and application behind it. Excel in your career.

General information

Program code
8 Semesters (4 Years)
College Degree Program

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2017 Orillia

Program description

The Honours Bachelor of Police Studies degree encourages a broadened critical understanding of the nature, role and function of policing. Students will explore a variety of topics offering opportunities for careers in law enforcement. The program learning outcomes value an integrated learning approach to police education that will provide a diverse range of students with the critical mix of professionalism, technical/legal expertise and analytical skills necessary to succeed in justice-related careers. This multi-dimensional degree complements, rather than duplicates, existing educational initiatives, offering courses that encourage increasing levels of thinking and analysis, which are dynamic in design, rationale and delivery. The learning outcomes are designed to directly calibrate with the policing community and its high professional standards.

Transfer options

Graduates of Police Foundations, Community and Justice Services and Protection, Security and Investigation may receive up to two years of advanced standing toward the unique four-year Honours Bachelor of Police Studies degree.

Already working in the field?

Fast-track your degree with advanced standing through our online Honours Bachelor of Police Studies degree offered on a part-time basis. Qualified first-class constables can receive advanced standing for 50 per cent of the program and up to an additional exemption of 25 per cent for postsecondary education. We welcome students from all over Canada and from a range of ranks and backgrounds including military police, RCMP, OPP and other policing agencies. See our brochure for more details.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • minimum overall average of 65 per cent
  • six Grade 12 U or M level courses
  • Grade 12 English (U)

Note: Police Foundations diploma graduates can apply to our advanced standing stream through OCAS using the major code of BAPA.

Admission details

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

  • OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with six Grade 12 U or M level courses (Minimum overall average of 65 per cent) Including: Grade 12 English (U) (ENG4U)

Students presenting equivalent qualifications will also be considered for admission. A grade 12 university or university/college Mathematics course is highly recommended.

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

  • Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College
  • College diploma programs such as: Police Foundations*
  • Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the advanced or university level with a minimum overall average of 65%)
  • English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Selection process

Selection is based on academic grades and subject prerequisites; applicants must meet minimum averages to receive final acceptance.


View the Hon Bach of Police Studies articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Core Courses

POLC1000 Introduction to Police Studies
POLC1001 Interpersonal Communications
POLC1002 Canadian Criminal Justice
POLC1004 Fundamental Concepts of Criminal Law
POLC1005 Human Kinetics for Policing
POLC1008 Community Policing
POLC1009 Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights
POLC1010 Document and Case Management
POLC2003 Police Powers in Canada
POLC2006 Provincial Offences
POLC2007 Mental Health Issues
POLC2008 Ergonomics and Wellness
POLC2009 Youth and Crime Justice
POLC2010 Introduction to Forensic Science
POLC2011 Criminology
POLC2012 Principles in Traffic Law
POLC3002 Foundations of Interviewing
POLC3007 Criminal Law: Advanced Theories
POLC3008 Criminal Procedures and Evidence
POLC4001 Professional Standards in Policing
POLC4005 Human Res Mgmt in Policing
POLC4014 Mediation and Dispute Resolution
POLC4015 Criminal Behaviour and Analsysis
POLC4016 Honours Research Seminar
POLC3012 Policing and Society
POLC3013 Principles of Ethical Reasoning and Policing
POLC3014 Introduction to Research Methods for Policing

Mandatory Non-Core Courses

INTS1002 Introduction to Multidisciplinary Research
INTS1007 Interdisciplinary Modes of Communication
SOCI1000 Introduction to Sociology
MNGM1000 Leadership

Mandatory Non-Core Psychology Course

Elective Courses (Specialty Topics: Core or Non-Core)

To be selected from College list

Elective Non-Core Courses

Co-op Work Terms

COOP1018 Police Studies Work Term 1
COOP2015 Police Studies Work Term 2

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