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)
Honours Bachelor Degree

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 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.

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)

Police Foundations diploma graduates can apply to our advanced standing stream
through OCAS using the major code of BAPA. Students entering this stream follow
the Fall 2016 curriculum and semester progression.

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 Crime and 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 Term

      • COOP1018 Police Studies Work Term 1