Below are answers to frequently asked questions about Wilfrid Laurier University online programs, tuition costs, program details, admissions requirements and more. To speak with an enrolment advisor who can help answer questions over the phone, book an appointment or call us at 888.368.0345.


 

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Criminology and Policing

Are transfer credits accepted for the BA in Policing?

Yes, we provide the option to transfer up to 10 of the 20 total credits required. To find out if your credits qualify for transfer, book an appointment or call us at 888.368.0345 to speak with an advisor who will be happy to discuss your existing credits with you.

Do you accept transfer credits from the military?

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.

Do you need a degree to become a police officer?

Yes, you need to have completed a college of applied arts and technology diploma or a university degree to become a police officer.

Does a police officer need a police bachelor’s degree if they’re already in the police service?

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.

Does the BA in Policing help me become a police officer?

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.

How long does it take to complete the BA in Policing program?

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. 

How long does it take to complete the Combined Honours BA in Criminology and Policing degree?

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.

How much does it cost to earn a BA in Policing at Laurier?

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.

Is the degree in criminology earned online the same as a criminology degree earned on campus?

Yes, our degrees earned on campus or online are identical.

What are the admission requirements for the Wilfrid Laurier University’s online BA in Policing?

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.

What are the admissions requirements for the Combined Honours BA in Criminology/Policing?
  • 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.

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What are the requirements to apply to the BA in Policing program?

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.

What is the tuition cost for the Combined Honours BA in Criminology and Policing at Laurier?

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.

What will appear on the degree or transcript?

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.

Are Laurier’s online programs accredited?

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.

How do I enrol in an online program I am interested in?

Whether you are interested in police training in Canada, a social work master’s, a master of public safety, a Master of Computer Science or any other online course, please call us at 888.368.0345 and speak with an advisor who can fill you in on enrollment details.

How do I enrol in an online program I am interested in?

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.

How does online learning at Laurier work?

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.

What are the advantages of learning online in Laurier’s online programs?

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.

What are the advantages of learning online in Laurier’s online programs?

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.

Who should I contact if I’m having challenges with my online course?

When you enroll 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 your last class.

Who should I contact if I’m having challenges with my online course?

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.

Will the degree I earn online be a genuine Laurier degree?

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.

I’m having some issues with my professor. Who should I speak to about this?

Your dedicated Student Success Advisor can help you with any issues or difficulties you are encountering with your professor or any other matter regarding your online course. Your Advisor helps you maximize all of the resources at your disposal.

Are the Wilfrid Laurier University online courses only for Canadians?

While Wilfrid Laurier University is based in several areas throughout Ontario, Canada, our 100% online programs in policing, criminology and public safety are open to citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The social work degree programs are only available to those who reside in Canada due to the field placement requirement. The Master of Computer Science program is open to all applicants within Canada and internationally.