Honours Bachelor of Police Studies

Program: BAPS
Credential: Honours Bachelor Degree
Delivery: Full-time (BAPS) + Advanced Standing (BHSA)
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Co-op Work Terms
Length: 8 Semesters, plus 2 work terms
Duration: 4 Years (BAPS), 2 Years (BHSA)
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Orillia


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.

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. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • understand historical, current and future global trends affecting the professional police sector;
  • employ effective problem solving skills with respect to critical incident management in law enforcement;
  • apply computer literacy and effective oral and written communication skills applicable to the policing profession;
  • utilize interpersonal and team building skills in diverse settings and apply leadership skills appropriately;
  • understand national and international political, justice and legal systems including the wide variety of criminal and civil justice agencies and services;
  • research, organize, evaluate, synthesize and analyze evidence and statistical data based on investigation;
  • provide ethical, accountable and effective professional practices to individuals and groups in the community from a variety of diverse backgrounds;
  • assess and analyze the effectiveness and current relevance of judicial policies and procedures;
  • apply knowledge of individual and group behaviour within the context of current social issues and crime and deviance;
  • analyze and apply business strategies to police services;
  • develop short and long term personal and professional goals and networking that assist with ongoing career planning;
  • show an appreciation for life-long learning and a broad range of interests;
  • apply critical thinking and analytical skills inside and outside the discipline;
  • apply learning from one or more areas outside the discipline.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake - BAPS

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2019
  • Sem 5: Fall 2019
  • Sem 6: Winter 2020
  • Sem 7: Fall 2020
  • Work Term 2: Winter 2021
  • Sem 8: Summer 2021

Fall Intake - BHSA Advanced Standing Stream

  • Sem 5: Fall 2017
  • Sem 6: Winter 2018
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2018
  • Sem 7: Fall 2018
  • Work Term 2: Winter 2019
  • Sem 8: Summer 2019 


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

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.

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.

Additional Information

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.

Graduation Requirements

27 Mandatory Core Courses
4 Mandatory Non-Core Courses
1 Mandatory Non-Core Psychology Course
4 Elective Courses (Specialty Topics: Core or Non-Core)
4 Elective Non-Core Courses
2 Co-op Work Terms

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60 percent or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester, and have an overall average of 65 percent in core courses and 60% in non-core courses.


Mandatory Core Courses
POLC 1000Introduction to Police Studies
POLC 1001Interpersonal Communications
POLC 1002Canadian Criminal Justice
POLC 1004Fundamental Concepts of Criminal Law
POLC 1005Human Kinetics for Policing
POLC 1008Community Policing
POLC 1009Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights
POLC 1010Document and Case Management
POLC 2003Police Powers in Canada
POLC 2006Provincial Offences
POLC 2007Mental Health Issues
POLC 2008Ergonomics and Wellness
POLC 2009Youth Crime and Justice
POLC 2010Introduction to Forensic Science
POLC 2011Criminology
POLC 2012Principles in Traffic Law
POLC 3002Foundations of Interviewing
POLC 3007Criminal Law: Advanced Theories
POLC 3008Criminal Procedures and Evidence
POLC 3012Policing and Society
POLC 3013Principles of Ethical Reasoning and Policing
POLC 3014Introduction to Research Methods for Policing
POLC 4001Professional Standards in Policing
POLC 4005Human Resources Management in Policing
POLC 4014Mediation and Dispute Resolution
POLC 4015Criminal Behaviour and Analsysis
POLC 4016Honours Research Seminar
Mandatory Non-Core Courses
INTS 1002Introduction to Multidisciplinary Research
INTS 1007Interdisciplinary Modes of Communication
MNGM 1000Leadership
SOCI 1000Introduction to Sociology
Mandatory Non-Core Psychology Course
PSYC 1000Introduction to Psychology 1
PSYC 1001Introduction to Psychology 2
Elective Courses (Specialty Topics: Core or Non-Core)
Select 4 courses from the available list during registration. Elective courses may include:
BSNS 2004Organizational Behaviour
BSNS 4003Risk Management
MNGM 1001Management Principles
MNGM 2001Project Management
MNGM 4000Strategic Management
POLC 3009Biology of Crime
POLC 3010Terrorism
POLC 3011Physical Fitness Training for Policing
POLC 4003Major Incident Command and Negotiating Skills
POLC 4004Public And Media Relations
POLC 4006Advanced Forensic Science
POLC 4007Contemporary Social Movements
POLC 4008Organized Crime
POLC 4009Policing in Cyberspace: Trends and Issues
POLC 4010Forensic Accounting: Advanced Techniques and Applications
POLC 4011Police Governance
POLC 4012Victimology
POLC 4017Police Studies Advanced Perspectives
Elective Non-Core Courses
To be selected from the Elective course list
Co-op Work Terms
COOP 1018Police Studies Work Term 1
COOP 2015Police Studies Work Term 2

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