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, plus 1 work term (4 Years (BAPS), 2 Years (BAPA))
Honours Bachelor Degree
Work integrated learning
1 Co-op Work Term

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. Students entering this stream follow the Fall 2017 curriculum and semester progression.

Mature applicants may also be considered for admission to this program providing their previous school performance and/or recent work record suggests a strong possibility of academic success. In order to qualify, applicants must be 19 years of age by December 31 of the year of admission and must have been away from formal education for at least one year immediately prior to beginning studies. Mature applicants must meet subject prerequisites prior to registration.

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.

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.


Communications courses

  • Core Courses (Semester 1)
  • POLC 3002 - Foundations of Interviewing (Semester 1)
  • POLC 3007 - Criminal Law: Advanced Theories (Semester 1)
  • POLC 3012 - Policing and Society (Semester 1)
  • Elective Courses (Specialty Topics: Core or Non~Core) (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 1)
  • Elective Non~Core Courses (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 1)

  • 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)
  • Elective Courses (Specialty Topics: Core or Non~Core) (Semester 6)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 6)
  • Elective Non~Core Courses (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)
  • Elective Courses (Specialty Topics: Core or Non~Core) (Semester 7)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 7)
  • Elective Non~Core Courses (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)
  • Elective Courses (Specialty Topics: Core or Non~core) (Semester 8)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 8)
  • Elective Non~Core Courses (Semester 8)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 8)
  • COOP 1018 - Police Studies Work Term 1 (Semester 8)
  • COOP 2015 - Police Studies Work Term 2 (required for BAPA advanced standing stream only) (Semester 8)