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
BAPS
Duration
8 Semesters, plus 1 work term ()
Credential
Honours Bachelor Degree
Work integrated learning
1 Co-op Work Term
Campuses
Delivery
Full-time (BAPS) + Advanced Standing (BAPA)

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 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.

Additional program specific fees for Honours Bachelor of Police Studies

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.

Career opportunities

This program will prepare our graduates with a variety of career and educational opportunities. The primary career categories include the Ontario Provincial Police Service and municipal police services. Opportunities may also include out-of-province police services, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Armed Forces, By-Law Enforcement, Private Police and Investigators, Canada Border Services and Corrections.

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.

Applicants should be aware that first-year enrolment is limited; satisfying minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Selection Process

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

Admission details

The College has been granted consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree. The college shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Please Note

In Canada the various federal, provincial and municipal acts and regulations outline special requirements for those entering a career as a law enforcement officer. Students wishing to pursue such careers should ensure that they will be able to meet the physical and educational requirements before enrolling. Potential students with a criminal record will need to discuss their personal situations with college before enrolling in the program. In some cases an official criminal record may make it more difficult for students to complete the program requirements and find related employment after graduation.

Non-core courses are required in all degree programs to meet the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities benchmark for depth and breadth in degree-level learning. These courses are designed to give students the tools to develop interdisciplinary perspectives that inform their approach to their own discipline, their continued education and their life outside work.

Students are required to take: at least one first year interdisciplinary course (INTS1xxx); two introductory courses in their choice of disciplines outside their main field of study, which may include psychology (PSYC 1000 or PSYC 1001), social science(SOCI 1000), humanities (HUMA 1012), or science (SCEN 1000); one advanced course in a discipline (ex. PSYC3xxx, SOSC3xxx, HUMA3xxx), and; one upper level interdisciplinary course (INTS4xxx). These courses and any remaining non-core course requirements to be selected from the program list.

Please Note

In Canada the various federal, provincial and municipal acts and regulations outline special requirements for those entering a career as a law enforcement officer. Students wishing to pursue such careers should ensure that they will be able to meet the physical and educational requirements before enrolling. Potential students with a criminal record will need to discuss their personal situations with college before enrolling in the program. In some cases an official criminal record may make it more difficult for students to complete the program requirements and find related employment after graduation.

Courses

Mandatory courses

  • POLC 1000 - Introduction to Police Studies (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 1001 - Interpersonal Communications (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 1002 - Canadian Criminal Justice (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 1005 - Human Kinetics for Policing (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • INTS 1007 - Interdisciplinary Modes of Communication (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 1004 - Fundamental Concepts of Criminal Law (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 1008 - Community Policing (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 1009 - Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 1010 - Document and Case Management (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • INTS 1002 - Introduction to Multidisciplinary Research (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 2003 - Police Powers in Canada (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 2006 - Provincial Offences (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 2008 - Ergonomics and Wellness (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 2009 - Youth Crime and Justice (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PSYC 1000 - Introduction to Psychology 1 (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PSYC 1001 - Introduction to Psychology 2 (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 2007 - Mental Health Issues (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 2010 - Introduction to Forensic Science (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 2011 - Criminology (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 2012 - Principles in Traffic Law (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • SOCI 1000 - Introduction to Sociology (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 3002 - Foundations of Interviewing (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 3007 - Criminal Law: Advanced Theories (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 3012 - Policing and Society (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 3008 - Criminal Procedures and Evidence (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 3013 - Principles of Ethical Reasoning and Policing (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 3014 - Introduction to Research Methods for Policing (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 4005 - Human Resources Management in Policing (Semester 7 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 4014 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution (Semester 7 / 42 hours)
  • MNGM 1000 - Leadership (Semester 7 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 4001 - Professional Standards in Policing (Semester 8 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 4015 - Criminal Behaviour and Analsysis (Semester 8 / 42 hours)
  • POLC 4016 - Honours Research Seminar (Semester 8 / 42 hours)

  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 5)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 5)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 6)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 7)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 8)
  • occurs after Semester 4 (Semester 8)
  • occurs after Semester 7 (Semester 8)
  • Program Electives (Specialty Topics: Core or Non-Core) (Semester 8)
  • Elective options may include: (Semester 8)
  • BSNS 2004 - Organizational Behaviour (Semester 8)
  • BSNS 4003 - Risk Management (Semester 8)
  • MNGM 1001 - Management Principles (Semester 8)
  • MNGM 2001 - Project Management (Semester 8)
  • MNGM 4000 - Strategic Management (Semester 8)
  • POLC 3009 - Biology of Crime (Semester 8)
  • POLC 3010 - Terrorism (Semester 8)
  • POLC 3011 - Physical Fitness Training for Policing (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4003 - Major Incident Command and Negotiating Skills (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4004 - Public And Media Relations (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4006 - Advanced Forensic Science (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4007 - Contemporary Social Movements (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4008 - Organized Crime (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4009 - Policing in Cyberspace: Trends and Issues (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4010 - Forensic Accounting: Advanced Techniques and Applications (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4011 - Police Governance (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4012 - Victimology (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4017 - Police Studies Advanced Perspectives (Semester 8)
  • POLC 1000 - Introduction to Police Studies (Semester 1)
  • POLC 1001 - Interpersonal Communications (Semester 1)
  • POLC 1002 - Canadian Criminal Justice (Semester 1)
  • POLC 1005 - Human Kinetics for Policing (Semester 1)
  • INTS 1007 - Interdisciplinary Modes of Communication (Semester 1)
  • POLC 1004 - Fundamental Concepts of Criminal Law (Semester 2)
  • POLC 1008 - Community Policing (Semester 2)
  • POLC 1009 - Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights (Semester 2)
  • POLC 1010 - Document and Case Management (Semester 2)
  • INTS 1002 - Introduction to Multidisciplinary Research (Semester 2)
  • POLC 2003 - Police Powers in Canada (Semester 3)
  • POLC 2006 - Provincial Offences (Semester 3)
  • POLC 2008 - Ergonomics and Wellness (Semester 3)
  • POLC 2009 - Youth Crime and Justice (Semester 3)
  • Select either PSYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology 1 or PSYC 1001 Introduction to Psychology 2 during registration. (Semester 3)
  • POLC 2007 - Mental Health Issues (Semester 4)
  • POLC 2010 - Introduction to Forensic Science (Semester 4)
  • POLC 2011 - Criminology (Semester 4)
  • POLC 2012 - Principles in Traffic Law (Semester 4)
  • SOCI 1000 - Introduction to Sociology (Semester 4)
  • POLC 3002 - Foundations of Interviewing (Semester 5)
  • POLC 3007 - Criminal Law: Advanced Theories (Semester 5)
  • POLC 3012 - Policing and Society (Semester 5)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 5)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 5)
  • POLC 3008 - Criminal Procedures and Evidence (Semester 6)
  • POLC 3013 - Principles of Ethical Reasoning and Policing (Semester 6)
  • POLC 3014 - Introduction to Research Methods for Policing (Semester 6)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 6)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 6)
  • POLC 4005 - Human Resources Management in Policing (Semester 7)
  • POLC 4014 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution (Semester 7)
  • MNGM 1000 - Leadership (Semester 7)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 7)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 7)
  • POLC 4001 - Professional Standards in Policing (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4015 - Criminal Behaviour and Analsysis (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4016 - Honours Research Seminar (Semester 8)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 8)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 8)
  • POLC 3002 - Foundations of Interviewing (Semester <h3>Program Tracking - BAPA (advanced standing stream)</h3>5)
  • POLC 3007 - Criminal Law: Advanced Theories (Semester <h3>Program Tracking - BAPA (advanced standing stream)</h3>5)
  • POLC 3012 - Policing and Society (Semester <h3>Program Tracking - BAPA (advanced standing stream)</h3>5)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 5)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 5)
  • POLC 3008 - Criminal Procedures and Evidence (Semester 6)
  • POLC 3013 - Principles of Ethical Reasoning and Policing (Semester 6)
  • POLC 3014 - Introduction to Research Methods for Policing (Semester 6)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 6)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 6)
  • POLC 4005 - Human Resources Management in Policing (Semester 7)
  • POLC 4014 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution (Semester 7)
  • MNGM 1000 - Leadership (Semester 7)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 7)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 7)
  • POLC 4001 - Professional Standards in Policing (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4015 - Criminal Behaviour and Analsysis (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4016 - Honours Research Seminar (Semester 8)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 8)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 8)
  • COOP 1018 - Police Studies Work Term 1 (Semester 8)
  • required for BAPA advanced standing stream only (Semester 8)
  • Elective Courses (Specialty Topics: Core or Non-Core) may include: (Semester 8)
  • BSNS 2004 - Organizational Behaviour (Semester 8)
  • BSNS 4003 - Risk Management (Semester 8)
  • MNGM 1001 - Management Principles (Semester 8)
  • MNGM 2001 - Project Management (Semester 8)
  • MNGM 4000 - Strategic Management (Semester 8)
  • POLC 3009 - Biology of Crime (Semester 8)
  • POLC 3010 - Terrorism (Semester 8)
  • POLC 3011 - Physical Fitness Training for Policing (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4003 - Major Incident Command and Negotiating Skills (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4004 - Public And Media Relations (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4006 - Advanced Forensic Science (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4007 - Contemporary Social Movements (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4008 - Organized Crime (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4009 - Policing in Cyberspace: Trends and Issues (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4010 - Forensic Accounting: Advanced Techniques and Applications (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4011 - Police Governance (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4012 - Victimology (Semester 8)
  • POLC 4017 - Police Studies Advanced Perspectives (Semester 8)