Criminology and Policing
Most of our programs don’t offer transfer credits for work experience, which is what military experience falls under. To find out all transfer credit opportunities, book an appointment or call us at 1.888.368.0345 to speak with an advisor. Military Police members can receive an automatic three transfer credits from their Basic Constable training.
Yes, you need to have completed a college of applied arts and technology diploma or a university degree to become a police officer.
As police organizations evolve, there has been a greater emphasis put on lifelong learning and obtaining post-secondary education. A degree in policing can give you an edge in your career and help you stand out from your peers, as well as providing opportunities for promotions and increased earning potential.
A Bachelor of Policing is not required to become a police officer in Ontario, but it can help. Learn more about the process of becoming a police officer in Toronto.
The time to complete depends on the number of transfer credits you are eligible for and how many courses are taken at once. Some students are able to transfer up to 10 of the total 20 credits and take two twelve-week courses at a time in order to complete their degree in less than three years.
The length of time required for completion of this Honours degree is dependent on whether a student is granted any transfer credits from previous post-secondary studies, and the chosen workload each semester. The 20 credit degree includes 12 credits of required Policing and Criminology courses. Enrolment in up to three 0.5 credit courses per term is possible, including electives. Twelve-week terms begin in Fall, Winter and Spring.
Coursework in the policing program focuses on one class in a six-week period. Each class is 0.5 credits and costs $754.84 plus an $85 incidental fee. The exact cost of tuition depends on your situation, because police officers with previous training may qualify for up to 10 credit transfers when entering our program.
Yes, our degrees earned on campus or online are identical.
Due to the broad range of police work that is available, the program is specifically designed for officers who have at least one year of professional work experience and who are:
- Currently employed by, or retired from, a police service or law enforcement organization and meet the definition of a police officer under s.2 of the Ontario Police Services Act or similar legislation defining police officer at the provincial or federal level of government;
- Police officers who are employed by a First Nations Police Service;
- Special Constables who are employed by a governmental agency; and
- Authorized by, and accountable to, the appropriate jurisdictional legislation (e.g., Police Services Act, RCMP Act) to enforce provincial and federal legislation.
You may be able to reduce the time and cost of the degree by transferring up to 10 of the 20 total credits required.
- No prior experience in law enforcement is needed
- Applicants must be permanent residents or citizens of Canada
- High school transfers: a secondary school diploma from within Canada with at least a mid-70s average, including university-level English at 60% or higher
- College transfers: 70% or higher overall average, with a minimum of 1 year completed in an academic college program
- University transfers: 67% or higher overall average, with a minimum of six months of study completed
- For high school, college or university students with an international education background, all previous education must be assessed by World Education Services
After you apply, an admissions coordinator will evaluate your transcripts to provide an initial assessment. Your final assessment of transfer credits will be completed by the Admissions Committee once your file has been submitted for review.
The BA in Policing online program is designed for working and retired police officers with at least one year of professional work experience in policing. Proof of a minimum of one year of full-time employment up to and including the time before classes begin for each police officer must be verified by an official letter from the human resources department of the police force(s) from which the officer has been employed.
Coursework in the Policing and Criminology program focuses on two classes in a 12-week period. Each class is 0.5 credits and costs $754.84 and an $85 incidental fee. The exact cost of tuition depends on your situation, because based on your prior education, you may qualify for transfer credits.
The online degree and transcript will appear as “Bachelor of Arts in Policing” or “Combined Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Policing” depending on the program you choose, with no mention of the online delivery mode.
Yes, Wilfrid Laurier University, is officially accredited and recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Ontario. There is no difference between receiving a degree online or on campus at Laurier.
Whether you are interested in a criminology or policing degree, a Master of Social Work, a Master of Public Safety or any other online course at Laurier, book an appointment or call us at 1.888.368.0345 to speak with an Advisor who can fill you in on enrolment details.
Our online platform, MyLearningSpace by Desire2Learn, is available for you to log into any time, 24/7. All of your course materials are accessible at MyLearningSpace. Find out more about online learning at Laurier.
Online learning and programs at Laurier are flexible and offer the option to study at your own pace while you work, while still maintaining the quality and academic rigour that Laurier is known for in its on-campus programs. The programs are conducted asynchronously, meaning you are free to complete your coursework at your own pace on a week-to-week basis.
When you enrol in any of our online courses you will be assigned your own, dedicated Student Success Advisor to contact for support in your course. Your Student Success Advisor will be with you every step of the way from your first class to graduation.
Yes, you earn the same respected degree as our on-campus students; there is no designation between on-campus and online students on diplomas or transcripts.